• Congratulations UNU-GEST Class of 2018!

    UNU-GEST celebrates the graduation of twenty-three fellows with a post-graduate diploma in international gender studies more


  • 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

  • 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

  • 'Inequality is a poison': campaigning for Muslim women's rights ? podcast
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 17.10.2018
    Shahin Ashraf's experience growing up as a British Muslim has led to a life campaigning for gender equality around the worldShahin Ashraf's humanitarian work has taken her from Bosnia to Afghanistan, where she helped a woman escape forced marriage. Ashraf, who was awarded an MBE in 2015 for her services to interfaith and community cohesion, is a global advocacy advisor for Islamic Relief. She speaks to Lucy Lamble about her own experience of gender inequality, which influenced her campaign work for Muslim women's rights in traditionally conservative societies. Continue reading...
  • Strict parents and social stigma limit mobile use for girls in poor countries
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 15.10.2018
    Online safety and digital literacy compromised by challenges teenage girls face in accessing mobile technology, finds studyStrict parenting and social disapproval are among factors that make teenage girls in developing countries significantly less likely than boys to own a mobile phone, researchers have found.Limited access to mobile technology also means girls are sharing phones in secret, leaving them more vulnerable to the harmful effects of social media because of their relative inexperience online, according to a survey by Girl Effect and the Vodafone Foundation. Continue reading...
  • Paloma Faith: 'Theresa May is criticised all the time because she's a woman'
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 11.10.2018
    Singer campaigning for gender equality contrasts ridicule of May's dancing with positive reaction to Tony Blair's taste for rock musicPaloma Faith has hit out at the widespread mockery of Theresa May's dance moves, saying the prime minister is unfairly criticised because of her gender.The British musician, a vocal feminist who is spearheading a campaign for global gender equality launched on the eve of the International Day of the Girl on Thursday, said: "Why shouldn't Theresa May dance? I felt bad for her. I'm worried about her policies but I'm not worried about her dancing." Continue reading...
  • 'It's for my daughter's memory': the Indian village where every girl's life is celebrated
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 11.10.2018
    Grief-stricken after his daughter's death, the chief of Piplantri village declared that every newborn girl would have a tree planted in her honour. In the process, he sowed the seeds of cultural, environmental and political revolutionShyam Sunder Paliwal knows his way through the trees. Pushing through low branches, he reaches a shady copse where a profusion of different varieties grow. Every evening, he comes here on his motorbike to see one tree in particular, a burflower ? kadam in Hindi ? that symbolises sublime love. In the silence of the copse, he wraps both arms tightly around the slender trunk and rests his head against it, eyes closed. "This is my daughter's," he says.Kiran, Paliwal's 16-year-old daughter, died in 2006 ? a tragedy he marked by planting the burflower tree. He went on to channel his grief into a mission. "She meant so much to me. How could parents kill a baby girl in the womb?" Continue reading...
  • 'I was given photos of the foetus': abortion stigma lingers in pioneering Uruguay ' Elizabeth Sulis Kim
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 10.10.2018
    The country has much to celebrate as Latin America's most progressive on reproductive rights, but the process of getting a termination can still be long and stressfulJuana Fernandez* was a university student and in the first few months of a new relationship when she discovered she was pregnant.She was not ready to become a mother in her early 20s, so Fernandez, from Montevideo, decided to have an abortion. At that time, abortion was illegal in Uruguay so she was forced to undergo a clandestine termination. It was a stressful time. Continue reading...
  • How to grapple with soaring world population? An answer from Botswana
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 10.10.2018
    Botswana has one of the fastest falling fertility rates. As global population expands, there are lessons to be learned At the end of a dusty road in the southern African hinterland sits a small concrete building with an orange door. It is a structure so modest and remote that it is hard to believe it could hold lessons for addressing one of the world's biggest challenges.The unit is the medical hub for Gasita, a village of 2,000 people in the south of Botswana. Inside one of the rooms, pharmaceutical supplies are neatly stashed on shelves while a photograph of the country's president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, is propped up on a counter next to a window that is ajar, letting in a warm breeze. Continue reading...
  • Afghan women still jailed alongside murderers for 'failing' virginity test ' Fariba Housaini
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 09.10.2018
    Despite a public health policy outlawing the test, women continue to be subjected to this degrading ordeal, which can lead to arrest and imprisonmentSeven months ago, 18-year-old Bahara* was imprisoned for failing a test that she should never have had to undergo.Bahara had run away from home to meet a man she had been in a relationship with. They had never met, but were in contact through calls and messages. That night, when they met for the first time, he raped her. But when she reported the rape to the police, instead of support, she was taken to hospital to undergo a virginity test ? a practice that was banned in Afghanistan in 2016. Continue reading...
  • 'I watched my family die': Shatila refugees' suffering laid bare
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 04.10.2018
    The woman forced to look on helplessly as a bomb claimed the lives of her mother, sister and children; the mother reduced to scouring bins to feed her family; the 13-year-old raped daily for five months. These are the stories that cartoonist Ella Baron heard when she travelled to Shatila refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon, to meet women at Médecins Sans Frontières' health clinicLocated on one square kilometre in central Beirut, Shatila is home to an estimated 14,000 people, although the true number may be more than twice that. The camp is not policed by the Lebanese authorities and most residents have limited access to housing, employment, electricity and water. Established in 1949 to accommodate Palestinian refugees, Shatila now has a population that is more than half Syrian.Syrian refugees seeking mental health services from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Shatila are suffering less from the acute trauma of war than from shifts in family dynamics and relationships caused by their displacement. Continue reading...
  • 'I won't stay silent': Nicaragua's 'blond commander' vows to fight on from exile
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 03.10.2018
    Anti-Ortega hero Nahmoy Urbina defiant after reforms to terrorism law spark 'witch hunt'Branded a terrorist by the government and a hero by her fellow protesters, Nahomy Urbina has become a leading figure in the uprising against Daniel Ortega, the president of Nicaragua.Known as "comandante macha", or the blond commander, she earned widespread respect not only for her efforts in mobilising young people since protests began in April, but for doing so in the face of a cancer diagnosis. Continue reading...
  • 'I will not give them the baby': the plight of Cambodia's detained surrogates ' Erin Handley and Kong Meta
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 02.10.2018
    Women lured by the chance to escape poverty explain how they have gone from being treated as victims to criminalsSopheap* coos as she cradles her newest grandson, just five days old. She puts her nose to his head and drinks in his scent. She looks every bit the picture of the proud grandmother, as her young son and his exhausted wife look on.But this is not a typical post-birth glow; their nativity scene is watched over by police guards. Continue reading...
  • Nobel laureate urges Nigeria's youth to stand for election and oust 'old fogies'
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 28.09.2018
    Wole Soyinka bemoans attacks on girls' education and calls on young people to mobilise politically in run-up to February pollNobel laureate Wole Soyinka has urged youth to mobilise before next year's election in Nigeria in the hope that a new, potentially female leader can emerge to "radically transform" the country."It desperately needs a committed idealist who can build a team around himself or herself and just tell these old fogies to go and take a rest," said the Nigerian poet and playwright. "I don't romanticise youth, I'm just saying I'm tired of my generation." Continue reading...
  • Dowries a major contributor to India's gender imbalance, researchers find
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 28.09.2018
    Study identifies link between fluctuations in global gold price and survival rates among baby girlsGirls born in India when the global gold price is increasing are more likely to be aborted, die in the first month of life or suffer from stunted growth, researchers have found.A study analysed birth cohort data over a 35-year period alongside monthly variations in the global price of gold, a key element of dowries paid by a bride's family. It found that in months when the gold price went up, fewer baby girls survived the first month of life. Continue reading...
  • Burkina Faso botched FGM leaves 50 girls in hospital
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 18.09.2018
    Girls as young as four taken to hospital amid fears that cutters are targeting younger girls and crossing borders to avoid detectionAbout 50 girls, including some as young as four, are being treated in hospital in Burkina Faso after they underwent female genital mutilation.Two women, along with some of the girls' relatives, have been arrested. Not all the girls who were cut have been traced, the minister of women's affairs, Laurence Marshall Ilboudo, told the BBC. Continue reading...
  • Somalia under renewed scrutiny over FGM after two more young girls die
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 17.09.2018
    Death of sisters aged 10 and 11 undermines hopes of change inspired by announcement of landmark prosecutionTwo more girls in Somalia have died after undergoing female genital mutilation, just weeks after a high-profile case prompted the attorney general to announce the first prosecution against the practice in the country's history.Two sisters, aged 10 and 11, bled to death last week after they were cut in the remote pastoral village of Arawda North in Galdogob district, Puntland, said activist Hawa Aden Mohamed of the Galkayo Centre. Continue reading...
  • Berta Cáceres murder trial to be monitored by international lawyers
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 17.09.2018
    Trial into Honduran activist's death will be observed for possible standards violationsThe trial of those charged with the murder of the indigenous leader Berta Cáceres Flores, which opens on Monday in Honduras, will be monitored by an international group of lawyers for possible violations of national and international standards.Cáceres, the former Goldman prize winner for environmental defenders, was shot dead in her bedroom just before midnight on 2 March 2016 in La Esperanza, western Honduras, after a long battle to stop construction of an internationally financed hydroelectric dam on the Gualcarque River, which the Lenca people consider sacred. Continue reading...
  • Berta Cáceres murder trial set to begin in climate of suspicion
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 16.09.2018
    Eight men accused of involvement in Honduran activist's death prepare to stand trial but family calls for broader inquiryThe criminal trial of eight men accused over the murder of environmental activist Berta Cáceres will begin in Honduras on Monday amid accusations of a political cover-up.Cáceres was shot dead just before midnight on 2 March 2016 at her home in La Esperanza in western Honduras, after a long battle against a hydroelectric dam project on sacred Lenca territory. Continue reading...
  • 'No need for birth control': Tanzanian president's views cause outrage
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 11.09.2018
    John Magufuli says people who use contraceptives are lazy, and outsiders who promote birth control are giving bad adviceWomen's rights campaigners have expressed outrage after the Tanzanian president said there is no need for birth control.The president, John Magufuli, told a rally in Meatu, in the Simiyu region, that outsiders who promote birth control are giving bad advice, and that people who use contraceptives are lazy, according to local media. Continue reading...
  • Women lead the charge in healing scars of war in Mozambique wildlife park ' Claudine Spera and Irene Baqué
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 07.09.2018
    Decimated by the civil war, Gorongosa national park is being coaxed back to life, and with it comes the promise of a brighter future for the area's young girls Continue reading...
  • Healing the scars of war: the women rebuilding Mozambique's national park - video
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 07.09.2018
    In the heart of central Mozambique, Gorongosa park was destroyed in the crossfire of the country's civil war. Now women are leading the way in its restoration, helping to heal the scars left by the conflict and inspiring young girls from the surrounding communities, through an education programme that offers them the promise of a brighter future Continue reading...
  • 'Don't commit the mistake I made': the men fighting India's female foeticide ' Sophie Cousins
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 30.08.2018
    In a country with one of the world's most skewed sex ratios, campaigners are appealing to male 'gender champions' to help change attitudesWhen Mukesh Sherma's wife was pregnant with their second child, the pressure to deliver a son was almost too much.Friends and family told the couple from Chandigarh, a city in north India, to have an illegal ultrasound to find out the sex of the unborn child. Another girl, they were told, and they should abort. 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.