• Mr. Ban Ki-moon visits Iceland

    UNU-GEST meets United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon to discuss sustainable development, climate change and gender more

  • GGEO 2016

    UNEP publishes the first comprehensive overview about the interplay between gender and the environment, the Global Gender and Environment Outlook (GGEO) more

  • Nordic Africa Days 2016

    NAD 2016 will be held in Uppsala 23-24 September 2016. UNU-GEST organizes a panel on gender research and gender-responsive methodologies read more

  • UNU-GEST Newsletter

    The June edition includes the 2016 graduation, UNU-GEST lecture series, events and alumni activities

  • Congratulations to 2016 fellows!

    UNU-GEST celebrates the graduation of fifteen fellows with a post-graduate diploma. Read more

  • Gender and climate change in the spotlight

    UNU-GEST fellows present on gender and climate change in Uganda at the University of Iceland read more

  • Human Development Report 2015

    Dr. Selim Jahan, editor-in-chief of the 2015 Human Development Report (HDR), introduces the 2015 HDR and its main findings read more

  • SDG#5: Parity and Empowerment

    UN Member States have designed a set of 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development  »

Gender news from around the world

  • A water-chilled coolbox gets vaccines on tap to the world's poorest
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 24.10.2016
    At the Grand Challenges conference in London, innovations in refrigeration and sanitation are among those making a difference to global healthcareIt was a walk past a frozen lake 10 years ago that got Ian Tansley thinking differently about global health. The Welsh inventor had spent decades travelling and developing solar technologies throughout Africa and Asia. Yet one puzzle he was keen to crack ? how to deliver vaccines on a wide-scale basis to the poorest, most remote communities ? had so far eluded him.Vaccines are notoriously hard to deliver safely, requiring refrigeration at certain temperatures, which means having access to a constant power supply. Yet hot climates, intermittent availability of electricity, supply shortages and unreliable storage facilities mean that one in five children ? more than 19m worldwide ? do not get even the most basic immunisations to keep them healthy. Continue reading...
  • How Sri Lanka wiped out malaria ? podcast transcript
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 24.10.2016
    Sixty years ago, Sri Lanka was one of the countries most affected by malaria. Dinitha Rathnayake explores how the nation became free of the disease Listen to the podcast Reports and presenter: DR Dinitha Rathnayake Continue reading...
  • Tunisian political party fights for women's rights with gender violence bill
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 24.10.2016
    Though sexual violence and harassment are rife in Tunisia, it is seen as a beacon on women's rights. A draft law could bring reality into line with appearanceAfter 14 years of sexual harassment at work, Idihar Chaieb finally got her day in court. The widow had been repeatedly propositioned and groped by her boss, who was also a local official in her home town of Menzel Bouzelfa, an hour's drive from Tunis. When he finally got the message that Chaieb wasn't interested in his advances, he threatened to destroy her reputation."I was afraid to speak out. I thought I would be blamed," she said. Continue reading...
  • How Sri Lanka bit back at mosquitoes and wiped out malaria ? podcast
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 24.10.2016
    Sixty years ago, Sri Lanka was one of the countries most affected by malaria; in September 2016, the World Health Organisation declared the country free of the disease. Dinitha Rathnayake charts the journey of a huge victory for public healthRead the transcriptDinitha Rathnayake, a radio journalist based in Colombo, looks back over Sri Lanka's long struggle with malaria. She speaks to people who lived through the 1980s health crisis as well as the doctors, health workers and officials who helped to eliminate the disease.Mahieash Johnney, of Sri Lanka's Red Cross, looks back to the 1930s, when more than 5m cases of malaria were reported in the country. Continue reading...
  • 'We're the sons of Afghanistan, but our leaders have forgotten about us' ' Matthew Green
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 24.10.2016
    Young Afghan soldiers who have suffered horrific injuries in the war against the Taliban are being left to fend largely for themselvesWith glinting cartridge belts slung across his chest in cavalier fashion, Saifur Rahman once posed for the inevitable macho snapshot reprised countless times by each generation of young men sent off to war. It was an image that made his mother proud. The salary Rahman sent home while serving in the Afghan army's 207 Zafar Corps enabled his family to eat meat three times a week and send two of his younger brothers to school.Then, on 20 March, the first day of the Afghan new year, Rahman suffered such severe gunshot wounds that he was thrown into the back of a vehicle along with the bodies of colleagues killed in the same ambush. It was only when he was laid out in a row of corpses at a military hospital that he regained consciousness and began to scream. Now, like many thousands of other wounded Afghan soldiers and police, Rahman has returned home changed: the bread-winning hero has become a burden. Continue reading...
  • Condolences on the death of Ameera BinKaram
    UN Women – News 24.10.2016
    UN Women mourns the tragic loss of Ms. Ameera BinKaram, together with her mother and sister, in an accidental fire at her home yesterday, 22 October.
  • Killing women means society pays the ultimate price
    UN Women – News 21.10.2016
    UN Women is profoundly concerned by the brutal sexual violence and murder of women and girls that has been recently highlighted by women in Argentina, and which reverberates across Latin America and beyond. This is a form of intimate terror that has become normalized through its sheer scale and acceptance of its inevitability in some places. Yet it is not normal, and it cannot continue. Beyond the appalling personal cost, it reveals deep and damaging failures of society that ultimately have a high price in lost progress for each country.
  • Police and hired assassins are killing land rights defenders. Let's end this violence ' Michel Forst
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 21.10.2016
    Globally, last year was the deadliest on record for environmental campaigners. States and investors must take steps to tackle this human rights crisisAs demand for food, fuel and commodities cranks up pressure on land, companies are all too often striking deals with state officials without the consent of the people who live on it. But the stakes are high for anyone who tries to resist this pressure. Last year was the deadliest on record in terms of defending land, forests and rivers against industries like mining, hydro-electricity, agribusiness and logging. According to Global Witness, more than three people were killed each week in 2015 by police, private security or hired assassins.At the UN general assembly on Friday, I will present a report setting out the vital steps that governments, companies and investors must take to tackle and end this hidden crisis. Continue reading...
  • Kenya lights the way for beleaguered youth of sub-Saharan Africa
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 21.10.2016
    Inaugural global youth development index identifies sub-Saharan region as worst in world for young people on health, education and employmentKenya has made the greatest strides in improving the conditions of young people over the past five years, according to a new index of global youth development.Together with four other sub-Saharan countries ? South Africa, Niger, Togo and Malawi ? Kenya made the largest gains globally across a range of criteria, from health to political participation. However, sub-Saharan Africa still trailed all other regions in the global youth development index, produced by the Commonwealth and covering 183 countries. Continue reading...
  • Central American migrants showing record levels of mental health problems
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 21.10.2016
    Exclusive: Nine out of 10 migrants seen by psychologists showed anxiety or depression symptoms caused by rape, assault or kidnapping, MSF survey findsCentral American migrants are suffering from record levels of mental health problems, amid a rise in violent attacks after a US-sponsored immigration crackdown forced them to use more perilous routes through Mexico.Two-thirds of migrants interviewed at shelters across the country reported suffering at least one violent attack ? such as assault, rape or kidnapping ? during their journey, according to a survey conducted by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and shared exclusively with the Guardian. Continue reading...
  • Tech classes open a fresh window of opportunity for women in rural Kenya ' Robert Kibet
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 21.10.2016
    A digital literacy programme is helping women and girls in Kenya to learn new skills and earn extra income, irrespective of age or education levelUnder the scorching afternoon sun, at a village in a sugar-cane growing region of western Kenya, 60-year old Mary Namukholi carefully places bunches of green bananas beside an old bicycle outside her home.After greeting five neighbours who have been awaiting her arrival for an hour, she enters her one-bedroom, iron-roofed house. She takes a laptop from a polythene bag, wipes it and connects it to a desktop printer. Continue reading...
  • The art of preventing violence against women in Brazil women
    UN Women – News 20.10.2016
    The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) is supporting the CAMTRA organization, which stages artistic and cultural events in areas where there are large concentrations of young people in order to raise awareness about violence against women and girls.
  • Coverage: UN Women Executive Director in United Arab Emirates
    UN Women – News 20.10.2016
    During her first visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this week, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka inaugurated  UN Women’s Liaison Office for the Gulf region in Abu Dhabi, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) to strengthen joint work on gender equality and the empowerment of women in the Muslim world, and attended the “Investing in the Future – the Resilience of Women and Girls in the Arab Region”...
  • âWomen are change-makersââExecutive Director
    UN Women – News 20.10.2016
    Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the opening ceremony of IIFMENA conference in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
  • The world's future hinges on supporting 10-year-old girls, says UN
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 20.10.2016
    Daline, 10, from Yaoundé, loves learning. Safeguarding her development, and that of 65 million other girls of her age, could shape the world, claims a new studyTen-year-old Daline enjoys reading, dancing and using her mother's make up. And she loves school. Her favourite subject is chemistry."When I was at primary school, my favourite subject was history," she says. "But now that I am at secondary school, my new favourite subject is chemistry because it is easy to understand, because chemicals are easy to make, and because I love science." Continue reading...
  • Air pollution more deadly in Africa than malnutrition or dirty water, study warns
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 20.10.2016
    Annual human and economic cost of tainted air runs to 712,000 lost lives and £364bn, finds Organisation for Economic Co-operation and DevelopmentAfrica's air pollution is causing more premature deaths than unsafe water or childhood malnutrition, and could develop into a health and climate crisis reminiscent of those seen in China and India, a study by a global policy forum has found.The first major attempt to calculate both the human and financial cost of the continent's pollution suggests dirty air could be killing 712,000 people a year prematurely, compared with approximately 542,000 from unsafe water, 275,000 from malnutrition and 391,000 from unsafe sanitation. Continue reading...
  • 'Talaq' and the battle to ban the three words that grant India's Muslim men instant divorce
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 20.10.2016
    India's supreme court may declare unconstitutional a practice that allows men to end marriages with the triple utterance of the word talaqTalaq, talaq, talaq: for more than a decade Arshiya feared the words like some dark incantation.When she caught her husband talking online to other women, he would snarl at her: "If you interfere too much in my life, I'll give you talaq." Continue reading...
  • Argentina's women joined across South America in marches against violence
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 20.10.2016
    Ni Una Menos demonstrations spurred by rape and killing of 16-year-old Lucía Pérez as thousands of protesters call for action on crimes against womenThe crowd of women packed into the historic square of Plaza de Mayo in downtown Buenos Aires under the freezing rain was so vast that some had to close their umbrellas to all fit together. "Machismo Kills," read the hand-painted sign held aloft by one young woman. Related: The Guardian view on #NiUnaMenos: challenging misogyny and murder ' Editorial Continue reading...
  • UN Women and Islamic Relief Worldwide launch partnership
    UN Women – News 19.10.2016
    UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and the Chief Executive Officer of Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), Naser Haghamed, officially launched a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the United Arab Emirates on 19 October to strengthen joint work on gender equality and the empowerment of women in the Muslim world.
  • From where I stand: Debora Barros Fince
    UN Women – News 19.10.2016
    Debora Barros Fince is an Wayúu indigenous activist, human rights defender and lawyer from the community of Bahía Portete, La Guajira, Colombia. She travelled to Havana, Cuba, as part of the âvictims delegationâ to share her perspective during the peace process in December, 2015.
  • Judges deem Eritrea unsafe for migrants' return as Home Office advice rebutted
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 19.10.2016
    Legal ruling identifies risk of serious harm to returning Eritreans after MPs condemn 'inexcusable' delay in revising existing guidanceThe Home Office will alter its much-criticised policy on Eritrean asylum seekers, after a legal ruling found that the majority of those fleeing the country risk persecution or serious harm on returning.The ruling, which could affect thousands of Eritreans, one of the largest groups to seek asylum in Britain every year, contradicts the government's existing country guidance, which deems it safe for migrants to return to Eritrea after leaving illegally. Continue reading...
  • Faces of climate change ― the gender perspective

    Faces of climate change ― the gender perspective

    In recent years, farmers all over Uganda have experienced changes in climate. Extreme weather such as heavy rains, flooding, drought, landslides and unreliable seasons affect the livelihoods of the many families who live off the land. The changing conditions impact men and women differently and challenge the way they work together. Could revisiting the traditional gender roles be a part of the solution?

  • What is the United Nations University all about?

    What is the United Nations University all about?

    United Nations University – Agile and Adept: Marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations University in Japan, this video animation explains how the UNU is uniquely organized as an agile and adept think tank composed of a network of highly specialized institutes distributed across the globe.

  • Vigdís Finnbogadóttir patron of the UNU-GEST

    Vigdís Finnbogadóttir patron of the UNU-GEST

    Ms. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, the former President of Iceland, was the first woman to be democratically elected President in the world. Women's rights, cultural diversity, the promotion of world peace and transnational dialogues have been running themes in Ms. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir's work. She has also been an important advocate of equality and the empowerment of women.