• #IcelandToo? How Patriarchy Is Perpetuated

    Prof. Cynthia Enloe gives a lecture at the University of Iceland, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 at 12:00 more

  • IPMA Project Management

    IPMA Project Management Certification becomes part of the UNU-GEST programme more

  • Program of spring lecture series

    The spring term lecture series, organized by RIKK and UNU-GEST, is up and running. Visit our overview of all upcoming events here

  • UNU’s Work on the SDGs

    On 22 January, UNU launched its Sustainable Development Explorer, a new campaign highlighting UNU’s work to support the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) more

  • Welcome class of 2018

    The United Nations University Gender Equality Studies and Training Programme (UNU-GEST) welcomed the 11th cohort to its annual post-graduate programme in international gender studies in Iceland more

  • UNU-GEST Newsletter December 2017

    The December edition includes news on events, research, 2018 cohort of fellows, conferences, alumni news and much more more

  • Mozambique alumni meet in Maputo

    Former fellows and UNU-GEST staff meet to network and discuss the strategic direction of the alumni country chapter for Mozambique more

  • Newly published evaluation report

    Impressive results for UNU-GEST at all levels. Read about micro-, meso- and macro level results, relevance, effectiveness and much more more

  • Remote course offered to alumni

    Dr. Giti Chandra teaches the course which offers an intersectional approach to gender in all its ramifications through examples of ‘high’ and ‘popular’ culture from around the world more

Gender news from around the world

  • Top UN official accused of sexual harassment stands down
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.02.2018
    Luiz Loures, UNAids deputy chief who was cleared of assaulting a colleague in a lift, will not seek to extend contractLuiz Loures, a UN assistant secretary general and the subject of a recent sexual assault allegation, is standing down from his position.UNAids said Loures would not seek renewal of his contract, which is due to expire at the end of March, adding that the decision had no connection to the allegations against him. Continue reading...
  • 'It feels wonderful': how a Mumbai slum became a riot of colour
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.02.2018
    Most saw the village of Asalpha as a sea of grubby hovels. One woman saw a blank canvas ? and made her vision a realityWhen Dedeepya Reddy travelled to work on the Mumbai metro, her spirits would sink at the sight of the slum of Asalpha. Perched on a hilltop, every bit of it was grey, grubby and depressing. Only the blue tarpaulin sheets used to protect the hovels from rain provided colour relief. "'The metro and the road seemed so developed, and this slum looked so different," says Reddy, 31, co-founder of a digital media agency. "It didn't fit in. I thought of what could be done with minimum resources. Colours make me happy, so I thought, 'Why not paint the homes to brighten them up?'" Continue reading...
  • Somaliland set to ban FGM but activists fear new law will fall short
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.02.2018
    Legislation may follow religious edict in failing to outlaw female genital mutilation in all its formsSomaliland is expected to pass a law banning female genital mutilation amid complaints from some activists that the move will not go far enough. Earlier this month Somaliland announced a new fatwa, or religious edict, banning two of the three types of female cutting. Now moves are afoot to support the decree with legislation likely to be approved by the self-declared republic's government within weeks. Continue reading...
  • Drug-resistant superbug to blame for deadly typhoid outbreak in Pakistan
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 22.02.2018
    Researchers warn of limited treatment options as mutated strain of typhoid is blamed for surge in casesA major outbreak of typhoid fever in Pakistan may have been caused by a highly drug-resistant superbug, scientists have warned. Research by the Wellcome Sanger Institute has shown that the typhoid strain behind the outbreak, which began in Hyderabad in November 2016 and has since spread, has acquired an extra piece of DNA that renders it resistant to multiple antibiotics. Continue reading...
  • 'We lose 1,400 girls a year. Who will our boys marry?': Armenia's quandary
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 22.02.2018
    Sex selection may have been outlawed, but a shortage of women threatens the very survival of a country where boys are traditionally seen as an investment and girls as a loss Sometimes it seems there are so many ways to destroy women that the methods become invisible to us. There are some women you will never see because they will never be born.Amartya Sen talked of "missing women" in his famous 1990 essay because of technologies that enable prenatal sex selection. Continue reading...
  • Trump cuts jeopardise lives of millions of Palestinian refugees, UN warns
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 21.02.2018
    Head of UN agency for Palestinian refugees fears new generation could be radicalised as food aid to Gaza and Syria approaches critical lowThe head of the main United Nations agency supporting Palestinian refugees has warned that the organisation is facing the most severe funding crisis in its history, threatening its support to an estimated 5.3 million people, including more than 400,000 inside Syria.Pierre Krähenbühl, commissioner general of the UN Relief and Works Agency, added that cuts in support to the already impoverished and demoralised population his organisation supports ? many of them victims of recent conflict ? risked radicalising a new generation of young Palestinians. Continue reading...
  • 'I want to empower Afghan women': female prosecutor on a lonely mission
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 21.02.2018
    Zainab Fayez, the sole woman in Kandahar's attorney-general's office, wants greater equality in the Afghan justice systemZainab Fayez, the only woman serving as a prosecutor in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar, has resolved 50 cases of abuse against women, and helped detain 21 men accused of violence against women, including police officials, over the past year. But she still longs to see other women join her in the legal profession."My aim is to see the next generation of Afghan women empowered," said the 28-year-old, who has worked in Kandahar's attorney-general's office for the past two years. "In Kandahar, it is very hard for a woman to work alone in an office, which is predominantly occupied by male staff members and where women as workers are taboo. Continue reading...
  • Newborn survival rates in US only slightly better than in Sri Lanka
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 20.02.2018
    Unicef expresses alarm over figures that show five newborn babies a minute die from preventable causes worlwideThe risk of dying as a newborn in the US is only slightly lower than the risk for babies in Sri Lanka and Ukraine, according to Unicef.A report by the UN children's agency found that five newborn babies die around the world every minute ? a total of about 2.6 million a year. The figure was described as "alarmingly high", not least because 80% of the deaths were from preventable causes. Continue reading...
  • Myanmar government 'bulldozing Rohingya mass grave to hide evidence'
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 19.02.2018
    Rights group says site of massacre in Rakhine state is being flattened on government orders after exposés of two other mass gravesWARNING: this report includes a graphic image that readers may find disturbingThe government of Myanmar is bulldozing over the site of a Rohingya mass grave in an effort to destroy evidence of a massacre committed last year by the military, according to a rights monitoring group.The claim follows investigations conducted by the Associated Press and Reuters news agencies, which revealed evidence of other mass graves. Continue reading...
  • Mexico's Zapatista rebels, 24 years on and defiant in mountain strongholds
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 17.02.2018
    The peasant rebels took up arms in 1994, and now number 300,000 in centres with their own doctors, teachers and currency, but rarely answer questions ? until nowDiners in the Tierradentro cafe in the southern Mexican town of San Cristóbal de las Casas can choose between a variety of omelettes. The "Liberty" has the most ingredients, the "Democracy" looks the best, but the "Justice" costs the most ? possibly because it comes with cheese.The restaurant is one of many celebrating, or cashing in on, the Zapatistas, the indigenous peasant rights movement from dirt-poor Chiapas state, which took up arms and occupied San Cristóbal on 1 January 1994, the day Mexico signed up to Nafta, the North American free trade agreement. Continue reading...
  • UN staff say they were urged to support official accused of sexual misconduct
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 14.02.2018
    Employees claim they were implored to sign letter vouching for senior UNAids figure, amid calls for the UK government to establish an independent inquiry into harassment allegationsStaff within a UN agency say they are being approached at their desks and asked to sign a letter in support of a senior official at the centre of a recent sexual harassment and assault investigation.The letter asks employees to testify that Luiz Loures, deputy executive director of UNAids, behaves respectfully and is committed to advancing women's rights. Continue reading...
  • Chilean mother who fears daughter was driven to suicide demands law change
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 07.02.2018
    A year after Antonia Garros Hermosilla's death at ex-boyfriend's home, calls continue for action over fatal form of abuseOn the night of 7 February 2017, in the Chilean coastal city of Concepción, Antonia Garros Hermosilla visited her ex-boyfriend, Andrés Larraín Páez, a man who had allegedly been abusive throughout their tumultuous two-year relationship.Hours later, the 23-year-old fell to her death from the balcony of her ex-boyfriend's home. The Chilean police and judiciary ruled that the death was an unassisted suicide. The family believe she was assaulted before she fell, and there is witness testimony suggesting Antonia was attacked by her boyfriend. Continue reading...
  • UN 'grossly mishandled' inquiry into alleged sexual assault, say campaigners
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 07.02.2018
    Group claims UNAids investigation into senior official undermined by conflict of interest and calls for independent review of allegationsHave you encountered harassment in the aid sector? Share your storyA UN agency has "grossly mishandled" an investigation into claims of sexual harassment and assault by a high-ranking official, claims the campaign group Code Blue in an open letter to António Guterres, the UN's secretary general.Last week, UNAids concluded that allegations against Luiz Loures, an assistant secretary general of the UN, and deputy executive director of programme at UNAids, were not substantiated. Continue reading...
  • 'I believed no man would marry me if I didn't cut': battling FGM in Uganda
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 06.02.2018
    On the day marking Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, survivors are educating communities in border areas with Kenya, where the practice is still a rite of passageIn 2009, when Rebecca Chelimo was 12, she was forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM)."I feared abuse and insults from the community. I was told it was a shame to be an uncircumcised girl. I believed no man would marry me if I didn't cut. So I did it," says Chelimo, from her home in Alakas village, in eastern Uganda. Continue reading...
  • American court opens historic hearing into Venezuela rape and torture case
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 06.02.2018
    Linda Loaiza is challenging the Venezuelan state in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights over failure to deliver justice in case that highlights impunity on violence against womenIn March 2001, when she was 18 years old, Linda Loaiza was kidnapped and held inside an apartment in eastern Caracas. She was repeatedly raped and tortured by her abductor.Her relatives reported Loaiza's disappearance, but the Venezuelan authorities refused to investigate. After four months, she managed to escape. Continue reading...
  • 'Dangerous proposal': campaigners in Kenya condemn sex education plan
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 05.02.2018
    Government under fire over incorporation of dedicated lessons about sexuality into national curriculumPlans by the Kenyan government to expand coverage of sex education in primary schools have been criticised for encouraging promiscuity among young people.The ministry of education wants guidance on sex, which is currently incorporated into subjects such as civil education, to become a distinct topic in the country's new curriculum. Continue reading...
  • Dealing with abuse at the UN needs more than words ' Letters
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 30.01.2018
    Staff representative Ian Richards calls for policy changes and Emma Reilly recounts her own experiencesYour article on sexual harassment and abuse at the UN (19 January) is timely. It also shows one aspect, albeit a serious one, of a general culture of harassment and abuse of authority prevalent in our organisation. Secretary-general António Guterres says he wants to tighten procedures to deal with this. However, saying zero tolerance, as his head of management, Jan Beagle, did (Letters, 21 January) is not enough. He needs to fix the policies that amplify the power difference between abusers, both men and women, and their victims.Senior managers and heads of field offices can make career-changing decisions over the staff they supervise virtually unchecked, while the human resources staff paid to ensure adherence to the rules depend on those same managers for their own careers. This is being made worse by austerity-driven plans to create yet more standalone offices and service centres far from headquarters, staffed with personnel on local-only contracts paid less and with fewer rights than their international counterparts. The UN's increasing use of short-term contracts and absence of clear downsizing procedures also makes it easier for managers to pick and choose whom to fire. Continue reading...
  • 'She clearly has no idea': Kenyan doctor condemned over bid to legalise FGM
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 26.01.2018
    Attempt to overturn ban on female genital mutilation meets with widespread contempt, but tribal elders defend 'cultural right'A Kenyan doctor has been accused of "trying to make history" after filing a controversial petition to legalise female genital mutilation.Dr Tatu Kamau, who has held a number of high-level positions at the Ministry of Health, told a high court that Kenya's 2011 ban on FGM was unconstitutional and discriminated against "national heritage". Continue reading...
  • Senior UN figures under investigation over alleged sexual harassment
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 25.01.2018
    World Food Programme official suspended pending inquiry as UNAids declines to comment on scrutiny of deputy directorHave you encountered harassment in the aid sector? Share your storyThe United Nations is investigating two senior figures over allegations of sexual harassment.The World Food Programme's country director in Afghanistan, Mick Lorentzen, has been suspended while a disciplinary process is under way. Continue reading...
  • Trump's 'global gag rule': how women are fighting back ? video
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 22.01.2018
    One year after Donald Trump reinstated a ban on US aid funding for overseas organisations that provide abortion services, opposition is mounting. Rallying under the banner She Decides, women around the world have united to bridge the funding gap created by the US president's expanded version of the 'global gag rule', which has already forced the closure of hundreds of clinics that provided life-saving family planning services Continue reading...
  • Press release: Luminaries, activists and artistes come together to spotlight life-changing interventions on ending the pandemic of violence against women and girls
    UN Women – News 17.11.2016
    Press release: Luminaries, activists and artistes come together to spotlight life-changing interventions on ending the pandemic of violence against women and girls. UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman co-hosts star-studded gala to mark 20 years of grant-making through UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women.
  • 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.