• UNU-GEST fellows present their final assignments

    23 fellows who graduate on the 24th of May present their final assignments in an open seminar more

  • Field Trip to the Southeast of Iceland

    As part of the module "Gender and Environment" the fellows traveled to the Southeast of Iceland, learning about the relationship between gender and climate change more

  • Calling for action towards SDG#5

    To celebrate International Women's Day 2018, the fellows and staff of UNU-GEST call for a variety of actions for gender equality and achieving the SDGs by 2030 more

  • Call for nominations

    UNU-GEST invites new nominations of candidates for Post-graduate Diploma in International Gender Studies spring semester 2019 Read more

  • 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

  • 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

Gender news from around the world

  • Belgian authorities admit two-year-old girl was shot in the face by police
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 18.05.2018
    Prosecutors confirm child found dead after police opened fire on van carrying refugees was killed by a gunshot woundThe authorities in Belgium have admitted that a two-year-old girl who died after police opened fire on a van carrying migrants near Mons on Thursday was shot in the face.Prosecutors had initially denied the account given to the Guardian by relatives of the girl, called Mawda, suggesting instead that she had been taken ill or died as a result of erratic driving. Continue reading...
  • Street Child World Cup: 'I lived on a train, surviving on leftover food' ' Jo Griffin
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 18.05.2018
    More than 200 young people from across the world headed for Moscow in advance of the World Cup to play football and speak out on street children's rightsFor three boys in the Kenyan team, taking part in the Street Child World Cup in Moscow has meant swapping their prison shirts for football kit. The teenagers were released from a juvenile detention centre to play in the tournament and will serve out the short time left on their sentences back in Mombasa. Their crime: being on the streets."I had to fight really hard to get permission to bring them, but I wanted to give them a really positive experience," says the team's manager, Frederick Achola, from the Glad's House organisation. Continue reading...
  • Congo enters uncharted territory as it faces gravest Ebola challenge to date
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 18.05.2018
    Congo has nipped Ebola in the bud before, but an experimental vaccine and testing conditions now promise a different challengeMore than 4,000 doses of an experimental vaccine against Ebola have arrived in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in a bid to check the spread of an outbreak that is alarming experts after it travelled from a remote rural area into a million-strong city.DRC has successfully contained and ended two outbreaks in recent years, but this one looks different. Last year and in 2014, in contrast to the huge epidemic in west Africa, Ebola was swiftly extinguished by the Congolese who have experience of dealing with the disease. Continue reading...
  • Bank faces lawsuit over Honduras dam project as spirit of Berta Cáceres lives on
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 18.05.2018
    Organisation co-founded by murdered activist sues Dutch bank over support for Agua Zarca dam on Gualcarque riverThe organisation co-founded by the murdered environmental activist Berta Cáceres is taking legal action against a Dutch bank over its involvement in the construction of a controversial dam project in Honduras.The Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras (Copinh), along with the Cáceres family, announced the suit against the Dutch development bank FMO, one of the backers of the Agua Zarca dam on the Gualcarque river, in the Netherlands on Thursday. Continue reading...
  • British government accused of funding human rights abuses in Bahrain
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 17.05.2018
    Money from controversial UK fund was used to train groups later involved in torture and executions, claims rights group Human rights group Reprieve has accused the Foreign Office of being complicit in abuses in Bahrain and failing to be transparent about its £5m security and justice reform programme in the kingdom. Between 2012 and 2017, funding for the programme was largely drawn from the controversial conflict, security and stability fund, a cross-government reserve that supports global security and peace building in conflict zones, according to freedom of information requests. Continue reading...
  • 'For me it's like a murder': the surge in sexual attacks on children in Somalia ' Moulid Hujale
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 17.05.2018
    In a land where sexual predators are emboldened by a weak legal system and the stigma that reporting assaults brings, justice is elusive for young victimsWhen Anab's madrasa teacher in Mogadishu told her to stay behind after classes, everyone but her two younger brothers left. He ordered the boys to face the wall, then assaulted their six-year-old sister. Anab's father, Yusuf, says he clearly saw the "shock and horror in the face" of his daughter later that day. Continue reading...
  • Football's broken dreams: the African teenagers sold a Premier League lie ' Pete Pattison
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 16.05.2018
    He went to Nepal hoping it would be a stepping stone to playing for Chelsea. Instead, Aboubacar Sidibé became another victim of unscrupulous 'agents' who promise young men a shot at the big time only to swindle them Like thousands of football-mad teenagers in Mali, Aboubacar Sidibé dreamed of one day playing for Chelsea. So when a football manager approached him with the promise of a contract with a club in India ? a launchpad, he was told, to the European clubs ? he jumped at the chance.It didn't matter that he was just 17. Or that he would have to pay the manager more than £2,700. It seemed a price worth paying to kickstart his football career. Continue reading...
  • Mass grave of alleged victims of former president Jammeh found in the Gambia
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 16.05.2018
    Bodies discovered of 12 west Africans human rights groups say were killed by paramilitary hit squad under orders of Yahya JammehA mass grave containing the bodies of 12 west Africans allegedly killed by a paramilitary force controlled by the former president Yahya Jammeh has been identified near the Gambian capital, Banjul.The "Junglers", a notorious hit squad that answered only to Jammeh, executed 54 people who were trying to make their way to Spain by sea in 2005, suspecting them of being mercenaries trying to overthrow the government, according to human rights groups that interviewed 30 Gambian officials. Continue reading...
  • 'The river is dead': what is polluting the water of Brazil's Xikrin tribe? ' Naira Hofmeister and José Cícero da Silva
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 15.05.2018
    Federal courts are battling to shut down a nickel mining plant said to be contaminating the Cateté river ? a charge the company deniesThe Xikrin, who have lived alongside the Cateté river in the Amazon rainforest in northern Brazil for centuries, have a mantra: "The river is our life." Surrounded by an abundance of plant species, they swim and bathe here.To fish, the tribe use timbó, a toxic vine that reduces the concentration of oxygen in the water, forcing the fish to come to the surface, where they are shot with arrows. "If we use hooks to fish, only one of our families will eat fish," explains former tribal chief Onkray Xikrin. "But with timbó the whole village can eat." Continue reading...
  • Discrimination kills 230,000 girls under five in India each year, study shows
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 15.05.2018
    Neglect to blame for skewed mortality rates, says Lancet report that urges looking beyond pre-natal sex selection at deaths from inequality of education and health Hundreds of thousands of young girls in India die every year because of "invisible discrimination", according to research published in the Lancet Global Health.Researchers from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis estimate an average of 239,000 girls under five in India die each year, or 2.4 million in a decade, because of their gender. Continue reading...
  • Africa's female rising stars of business are still seen as second-class citizens ' Afua Osei
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 15.05.2018
    Despite the compelling narrative about African women becoming titans of industry, sexism and inequality make scaling up impossible for many entrepreneursAfrica is building up a glowing reputation as the global leader in female entrepreneurship. Last year, MasterCard released its celebratory Index of Women Entrepreneurs to much fanfare. Uganda and Botswana topped the list, which further pushed the new narrative that women are rising above adverse circumstances to create businesses that will rev the engine of growth in sub-Saharan Africa.Unfortunately, few have been willing to admit that this story, satisfying though it may be, is incomplete at best. The high levels of labour force participation that earn commendations mask the persistence of significant, structural limitations on female business-owners. Continue reading...
  • Sudan urged to pardon teenager facing death for killing husband who raped her
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 14.05.2018
    UN and rights groups lead campaign for 19-year-old given death penalty for stabbing man she was forced to marry as he assaulted her The UN and international rights groups are calling on Sudan to pardon a 19-year-old woman sentenced to death after she killed her husband as he tried to rape her. Noura Hussein, who was compelled by her family to marry when she was 16, is facing death by hanging after a sharia court, which follows Islamic religious laws, found her guilty of premeditated murder for stabbing her husband, who she says had previously raped her with the assistance of his family. Continue reading...
  • Life with microcephaly in war-torn Afghanistan ? in pictures
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 14.05.2018
    In an impoverished country where support is limited at best, people with disabilities must look to their families for help. Mahgul, 69, is the sole carer for her four siblings, who suffer from microcephaly ? a birth defect that prevents the skull from growing. The condition is so rare in Afghanistan that there is no specialist treatment availableText and photographs by Tahmina Saleem Continue reading...
  • In Ethiopia's bushlands, promised riches of a railway boom turn to dust
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 12.05.2018
    Villagers, lured by new jobs and rich rewards for selling their land, now face poverty and heartbreak as claims of corruption engulf £2.5bn transport project'They promised us we would get jobs there," says Tadele, nodding at the grand, almost baroque edifice at the bottom of the hill. Adama's new railway station, yellow bricks golden in the afternoon sun, is still a symbol of hope for the 43-year-old who lives in a village overlooking it. But its promise is dimmer than it was.A stint on the payroll of the Chinese firm that built Ethiopia's new railway ended sourly. After six months he was fired, for reasons he disputes. Now, like many in his village and in small towns all along the railway from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to Djibouti, the tiny nation and synonymous Red Sea port that borders Ethiopia, he is frustrated, impatient ? and unemployed. Continue reading...
  • Teenager who killed husband after he raped her is sentenced to death in Sudan
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 11.05.2018
    Activists in last-ditch effort to save 19-year-old condemned to death for stabbing the man she was forced to marry as he assaulted herA 19-year-old Sudanese woman has been condemned to death by a court in Omdurman for stabbing to death the husband to whom she was forcibly married, who she says raped her with assistance of his family.The death penalty for Noura Hussein was confirmed by a judge on Thursday after her husband's family rejected the possibility of financial compensation and instead asked for her to be executed. Continue reading...
  • Film hailing Saudi progress on women's rights branded 'dreadful propaganda'
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 07.05.2018
    Footage of women using wingsuits fails to take off as critics condemn strapline suggesting great women are supported by men A film intended to celebrate progress on women's rights in Saudi Arabia has been condemned by experts and rights groups as a "dreadful piece of propaganda" that will serve only to reinforce the existing culture of discrimination in the country.Launched by the Saudi-based organisation Alwaleed Philanthropies, one of the world's largest private philanthropic foundations, the film aims to highlight reforms in the deeply conservative state, where women can now attend sports events and will soon be able to drive cars. Continue reading...
  • UN suspends key witness in alleged sexual assault inquiry
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 30.04.2018
    Miriam Maluwa put on administrative leave after giving evidence to support claims against UNAids deputy directorA key witness in a sexual assault investigation involving a UN assistant secretary general has been suspended from her job, in a move campaigners say is a show of "pure intimidation tactics". UNAids disputes this, saying the suspension is unrelated to the investigation of the senior official, Luiz Loures. Miriam Maluwa, who has worked for the UN for more than 25 years, was placed on administrative leave from her post as country director for UNAids in Ethiopia on 27 March. In a letter from the agency she was told this action did not amount to disciplinary measures, but that UNAids would be conducting a management and operational review of the country's office during her absence. Continue reading...
  • Brazilian women braced for battle amid simmering fears over abortion ' Jo Griffin
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 26.04.2018
    The abortion debate is nearing a crossroads in a country where stringent laws put women seeking terminations at deadly risk For her first abortion, Anna went to a clandestine clinic in the south zone of Rio de Janeiro where a doctor bungled the procedure and left her needing further treatment. Years later, no trace remains of the now-defunct clinic, yet memories of the experience still stir anxiety."Even if the service was good, you knew you could go to prison if you were found out," says Anna, who wanted to be known only by her first name. "And if something went wrong, who could you ask for help? There was no one." Continue reading...
  • Nepal's female masons dig deep to lay foundations for change and renewal ' Pete Pattisson
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 25.04.2018
    When a lack of trained builders hampered reconstruction in earthquake-hit Nepal, women stepped up to the plate ? yet their resourcefulness has perturbed some traditionalistsThis time last year Phulsani Tamang was living in a makeshift temporary shelter on the terraced slopes of eastern Nepal.Her home had been destroyed by the 2015 earthquake, which claimed close to 9,000 lives and left hundreds of thousands of people homeless. Continue reading...
  • India's death penalty for rapists of young girls could push them to kill ' Rituparna Chatterjee
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 24.04.2018
    With the majority of rapes committed by someone known to the victim, the new law could drive offenders to murder to avoid detectionOn Saturday India's government approved the death penalty for convicted rapists of girls under the age of 12, amid a groundswell of public outrage following the gang-rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Jammu and Kashmir state. The shocking case involved a girl from the Bakarwal nomadic tribe, who was out grazing her horses when she was abducted, drugged and murdered after a week of torture and repeated rape. It led to a nationwide outcry for swifter justice. 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.