• 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

  • Call for nominations

    UNU-GEST invites new nominations of candidates in Post-graduate Diploma in International Gender Studies spring semester 2017 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the agreement between the Government of Colombia and the FARC
    UN Women – News 24.06.2016
    In a statement on the agreement between the Government of Colombia and the FARC, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka welcomed the inclusion of a gender perspective among the principles guiding the agreement, and called for the leadership and protection of women throughout its implementation
  • UN Women Executive Board convenes 2016 Annual Session
    UN Women – News 24.06.2016
    The UN Women Executive Board will convene for this yearâs Annual Session from 27 to 28 June at United Nations headquarters in New York.
  • Malaria scheme cuts child deaths during Sahel's rainy season
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 24.06.2016
    Access-SMC project aims to reach 10 million children in seven countries if bottlenecks in supplying drugs can be overcomeA project that has cut death rates, reduced outbreaks and strengthened fragile health systems in Africa's Sahel region by distributing anti-malaria drugs to millions of vulnerable children is facing a supply chain bottleneck, say health officials and experts.The innovative Access-SMC project, funded by Unitaid and run by the Malaria Consortium in partnership with Catholic Relief Services, involves scaling up the use of seasonal malaria drugs to children under five in seven countries along the arid belt of land that fringes the Sahara. Continue reading...
  • Kenyan girls get on their bikes in pursuit of an education ' Robert Kibet
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 24.06.2016
    A scheme that provides bicycles to children who would otherwise face long journeys to school is enabling kids to spend more time learningJacqueline Nasimiyu used to wake in the early hours and, after making breakfast and fetching water, she would trek down valleys, push through bushes and wiggle under barbed wire fences to cover the 6km to Mahanga K secondary school in western Kenya.There were no school buses and no paved roads around her village of Mawa in Kakamega county. The 17-year-old's parents could not afford to pay for the only form of transport, motorbike taxis, known as boda boda. Continue reading...
  • 'Don't be a slutty apple': your experiences of sex education
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 24.06.2016
    Making informed decisions about sex is vital for young people yet, in many countries, sex education is confusing, limited or even overlooked altogetherWhat kind of sex education did you receive in the classroom? Was it an awkward slideshow containing more euphemisms than you could possibly comprehend? Or was it a series of lessons covering not only the relevant biology, but also sexuality, gender and reproductive health? According to the UN, the latter is still quite rare, which means the majority of young people lack the knowledge they need to make informed decisions. Continue reading...
  • Bringing womenâs needs into policy response on drug use
    UN Women – News 23.06.2016
    While men make up most of those using or trafficking drugs, women are often the invisible participants and victimsâone out of three drug users is a woman, and only one out of five drug users in treatment is a woman. Ahead of the International Day against Drug Use and Illicit Trafficking, a spotlight on drug use among women and UN Women's related programmes.
  • Colombia's future hinges on an inclusive peace deal that recognises human rights ' Hector Fabio Henao
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.06.2016
    The promised end of a conflict that has raged for more than half a century will only usher in a new era if it lays the foundations for social and political changeNews that the Colombian government and Farc guerrillas have agreed a bilateral ceasefire could herald a fresh start for a country that has witnessed the longest-running internal conflict in the western hemisphere.In the past half-century, at least 220,000 people have been killed in my country. More than 25,000 are missing, more than 6 million have been displaced, and thousands have suffered sexual violence. Continue reading...
  • Mass graves beckon for Sierra Leone's homeless and destitute dead
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.06.2016
    Volunteers calling themselves the Death and Destitute Organisation bury Freetown's unidentified bodies, frustrated by lack of action by the authoritiesIt's first light at King Tom cemetery in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and rain is falling on the freshly exposed dirt that will soon cover 26 corpses.A man in white protective overalls stands inside a grave while other men pass him the body bags. He arranges them at his feet, until the pile passes his waistline. He climbs out, and the rest of the bodies are put into the pit. Continue reading...
  • Abortion demand soars in countries hit by Zika outbreak, study finds
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.06.2016
    Women in Latin America, where abortion is often illegal, are seeking online help in unprecedented numbers in response to the virus linked to birth defectsDemand for abortions has soared among women living in countries hit by the spread of the Zika virus who fear having a baby with severe birth defects, new data shows.In unprecedented numbers, women in Latin America are accessing the website Women on Web, which has a long history of helping those in countries where abortion is illegal to obtain pills which will terminate an early pregnancy. In Brazil, Venezuela and Ecuador the requests for help have doubled, while in other Latin American countries they have risen by a third. Continue reading...
  • Indian solar scheme shows local teamwork can be a guiding light ' Eric Kasper
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.06.2016
    A project that helps marginalised Indian communities to build their own solar panels underlines the benefits of local people piloting development initiativesAt last month's world humanitarian summit in Istanbul, leaders outlined a set of core responsibilities for humanity, and spoke of the need to reform development assistance. One proposal was to place greater emphasis on local ownership and control of projects.The idea is simple: rather than providing ready-made solutions that might not be right for a particular country, development assistance should facilitate access to tools that enable people to come up with their own fixes. Continue reading...
  • Making budgets work for women in Ecuador
    UN Women – News 22.06.2016
    In the province of Azuay, more than 1,000 women now take part in budget proposals, while at the national level a new tool reveals gender-related spending has reached over USD 364 million, up from just 34 million in 2011.
  • Moldova takes historic step to promote gender equality in politics
    UN Women – News 22.06.2016
    New law mandates minimum 40 per cent women in cabinet and party lists, gives men 14 days paid paternity leave, and prohibits sexist ads and language in media.
  • UN says response to violence in its South Sudan camp marred by confusion
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 22.06.2016
    UN presents findings of investigation into attack on Malakal base to the security council, as an MSF report strongly condemns peacekeepers' responseConfusion about the rules of engagement marred the ability of the UN's peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (Unmiss) to protect civilians at its compound earlier this year, it has emerged.In a note to correspondents, the UN said on Tuesday evening that it had completed its investigation into an attack on its protection of civilians site (PoC) in Malakal on 17-18 February, which claimed the lives of at least 30 displaced people and injured a further 123. Continue reading...
  • Somalia's limited polls overshadowed by clan rivalries and al-Shabaab
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 22.06.2016
    Hopes for a new government in August tempered by fears of bribery and violence, says Michael Keating, head of UN mission in MogadishuAs Somalia prepares to choose a new government in August, there are concerns that the powerful clans who have long dominated political life in the country may try to manipulate the ballot while al-Shabaab militants also pose a threat, a senior UN official has said.Michael Keating, the head of the UN mission in Somalia, said there are significant security challenges around the electoral process. Continue reading...
  • The opium bulbs of Myanmar: drug crop or lifeline for poor farmers?
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 22.06.2016
    Rural development programmes to wean poppy farmers off their illicit crop contend with lack of roads, water and power in remote areas plagued by militias U Bo sits on the floor of his bamboo hut and puts away a plastic tray covered with a small heap of what looks like sticky, brown tar. This is the day's opium harvest, which he and his family scraped off the bulbs of their two-acre field of poppies.His farm, at the foot of a lush mountain, in eastern Myanmar's Shan state, includes another two acres of rice. Opium will provide his family of seven in Pe Kin village with much-needed cash ? his 6kg of opium could fetch about $1,800 (£1,250) ? while the paddy provides food. Continue reading...
  • âGender equality is everyoneâs businessâ â Lakshmi Puri
    UN Women – News 21.06.2016
    Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Forbes Second Edition of the Powerful Women Summit in Mexico on 21 June.
  • From where I stand: Khateeja Mallah
    UN Women – News 21.06.2016
    Khateeja Mallah (Durdana), 31, is a widow from Pakistanâs Dadu District in Sindh Province. She is one of 1,214 landless women farmers who have received land tenancy rights through a programme being implemented by UN Women, FAO and ILO.
  • Madagascar's vanilla farmers face volatile times after poor harvest
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 21.06.2016
    Pressure from big producers, recent low yields and wild price fluctuations are making life unsustainable for the island's small-scale growersIt is early morning in Analakely market, the bustling heart of Antananarivo, Madagascar's capital city.Hawkers from the surrounding countryside ply for business as shoppers throng through narrow alleyways of stalls. Jars of fresh chillies, peppercorns and pineapples are piled high, and the pungent aroma of vanilla wafts through the air. Continue reading...
  • Head of UN Women vows to tackle laws blocking women's economic progress
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 21.06.2016
    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says a high-level panel will also take on discrimination and lack of job protection in the informal sectorA global action plan to empower women economically by 2030 will focus on six areas, including addressing legislation that blocks women's progress, the head of UN Women says.But the plan has critics, with the head of Oxfam International claiming it risks producing only cosmetic improvements to women's opportunities. Continue reading...
  • Sterilised at 20: the Indian women seeking permanent contraceptive solutions
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 21.06.2016
    After India's mass sterilisation programmes, the procedure is still controversial. But some women are keen ? and don't want their men to share the painThree days after she gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Susheela* is in the operating theatre. Her procedure will take only 10 minutes. A small scar below her bellybutton, hardly visible, is the only mark the doctors will leave behind.At 27, the mother of two is getting permanently sterilised. Continue reading...
  • The refugee crisis is a problem of poverty, not just migration ' Sarah Dalrymple
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 20.06.2016
    It is not enough to know how many people are displaced by conflict, we also need information on their poverty and the resources available to help them Images of Syrians fleeing their homes and taking treacherous journeys in search of safety in Europe have dominated the news as levels of global displacement have escalated. Figures released on Monday by the UN refugee agency, the UNHCR, show that forced displacement affected more than 65 million people in 2015, the highest level ever recorded. Most of these people are in developing countries in their regions of origin.With two landmark meetings in the offing, the world is facing tough decisions on how it responds to the crisis. In September, a gathering convened by the UN secretary general and a summit hosted by the US president, Barack Obama, will offer a chance to tackle the situation and strengthen global responsibility-sharing. 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.