• 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


  • NORA 2019 Conference

    Gender and feminist researchers are invited to participate in the NORA 2019 Conference on critical feminist cross-disciplinary research and activities held at the University of Iceland, 22-24 May 2019. NORA 2019 Conference

  • 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

Gender news from around the world

  • The untold story of how India's sex workers prevented an Aids epidemic
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 13.12.2018
    Beating Aids is India's greatest public health achievement. A new book says it wouldn't have happened without womenIn 2002, a major report predicted an Aids catastrophe in India. The country would have 20-25m Aids cases by 2010. People were being infected at the rate of about 1,000 a day. Aids orphans numbered 2 million. This scourge would ravage families, society, and the economy. India was going to be the Aids capital of the world.But 2010 came and went. India averted an Aids epidemic. That victory ? India's biggest public health achievement ? has remained uncelebrated. But a new book by one of the major HIV campaigners of that time finally honours the people he says were crucial in guiding India away from its seemingly inescapable destiny: the country's sex workers. Continue reading...
  • Sweden suspends funding for UN Aids agency as Britain urged to follow suit
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 12.12.2018
    Swedish minister calls for Michel Sidibé to step down after report alleging harassment and favouritism at agencyThe Swedish government has announced it is to withhold funding to a UN agency until its director resigns in a row over his "dysfunctional leadership".UNAids, which spearheads the global fight against Aids and HIV, will receive no further funding until its executive director, Michel Sidibé, stands down, said Isabella Lövin, Sweden's minister for international development cooperation and climate. Continue reading...
  • 'What happened to me will not happen to my daughters': sexual violence in war ? podcast
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 12.12.2018
    Kosovan-born Vasfije Krasniqi-Goodman explains how a survivors' network has empowered her and others to speak out against rape as a weapon of conflict Warning: This episode of Small Changes covers topics that some listeners might find upsetting, including sexual violence and warThis month, Dr Denis Mukwege was awarded a Nobel peace prize, together with Yazidi activist Nadia Murad, for their work against sexual violence in war, shining a spotlight on the Mukwege Foundation's global network for survivors. Continue reading...
  • 'I was sexually abused, humiliated and beaten. Legal victory was a great balm'
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 10.12.2018
    After the inter-American court ruled in her favour against the Venezuelan state, Linda Loaiza tells of her long fight for justiceIn March 2001, when I was only 18, I was kidnapped and for almost four months I was kept forcibly bound and gagged, deprived of my freedom, subjected, threatened with death and held without any communication with my family.I was sexually abused, burned with cigarettes, humiliated and beaten. I was forced to consume drugs. The man who kidnapped me called me his girlfriend. He pointed a gun at me and threatened to kill me. While he was torturing me, he told me that he had already murdered eight women ? he showed me photographs of them. He was very sure that nothing could happen to him; he told me that he was protected by the authorities and knew important people, such as the attorney general, the vice-president, the president of the judiciary. Continue reading...
  • Pressure grows on UN official accused of encouraging 'harassment and abuse'
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 07.12.2018
    Inquiry urges leadership change amid claims UNAids chief Michel Sidibé has presided over culture of favouritism and bullyingA culture of favouritism that tolerated harassment and bullying has been allowed to fester within a major UN agency, according to a damning independent assessment that calls for a change of leadership.The independent report, commissioned following multiple allegations of sexual harassment and bullying by senior staff at UNAids, said Michel Sidibé, the agency's executive director, had created "a patriarchal culture tolerating harassment and abuse of authority". Continue reading...
  • 'No world to leave our children': progress on women's rights still lags, shows study
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 07.12.2018
    Researchers find efforts to curb early marriage are failing while laws in many countries allow men to hold swayProgress on women's rights has been far slower than expected across the world as a report shows underage marriage rates have barely come down this decade, while dozens of nations still legally prioritise men.Forty-one countries recognise only a man to be the head of the household; 27 countries still require that women obey their husbands by law; and 24 countries require women to have the permission of their husband or a legal guardian (such as a brother or father) in order to work. Continue reading...
  • Defying the Taliban: Afghanistan's secret schools for girls ? podcast
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 05.12.2018
    Suraya Pakzad talks to Lucy Lamble about her work championing girls' education ? and living on red alert for the next Taliban raidWhen Suraya Pakzad was just 12 years old she witnessed the murder of her headteacher by a member of an extremist group. Later she saw two of her classmates blown up in a missile strike. She explains how she completed her schooling against the odds ? and decided to fight the Taliban's ban on education for women and girls, which even involved keeping kerosene at the ready in case she needed to destroy evidence. Continue reading...
  • Women's rights take centre stage as murdered activists are remembered
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 29.11.2018
    As UN Women hails the bravery of women's rights defenders, we pay tribute to some of those killed in the past yearRising misogyny and an increase in the restrictions placed on women's freedom worldwide mean the work of campaigners who defend their rights is more important than ever, the head of UN Women has said.In a statement to mark International Women Human Rights Defenders' Day, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "Those who defend our rights in turn need our defence. Their brave and important work has provoked reprisals and attacks against civil society actors in all parts of the globe. Humanitarian, development and peace-building organisations are also increasingly facing access and funding restrictions, making the task of human rights defenders all the more precarious." Continue reading...
  • Berta Cáceres murder trial plagued by allegations of cover-ups set to end
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 29.11.2018
    Verdict against eight men accused in the murder of Honduran indigenous environmentalist will be handed down on ThursdayThe verdict against eight men accused over the murder of Honduran indigenous environmentalist Berta Cáceres will be handed down on Thursday after a controversial five-week trial plagued by allegations of negligence and cover-ups.Cáceres ? who won the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize ? was shot dead in March 2016, after a long battle against the internationally financed Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam project on the Gualcarque river, territory sacred to the indigenous Lenca people. Continue reading...
  • 'I live in the 21st century, not the 10th': the first female judge in a sharia court ? podcast
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 28.11.2018
    The Judge, a new film by award-winning director Erika Cohn, tells the incredible story of how Kholoud Al-Faqih achieved her improbable dream of representing women in the Middle East's all-male religious courts This week, Small Changes host Lucy Lamble meets film-maker Erika Cohn, whose documentary In Football We Trust won her an Emmy.Cohn's latest film is The Judge, a documentary about a lawyer, Kholoud Al-Faqih, and the challenges she overcame to become the first female judge in the Middle East's sharia courts. These religious courts deal with family issues and have a tremendous effect on women's lives. Continue reading...
  • Morocco rape victim urges women: never remain silent
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 26.11.2018
    Khadija, 17, calls on victims of sexual abuse to speak out after she was allegedly kidnapped and gang-rapedThe Moroccan teenager who was allegedly kidnapped and gang-raped has urged women "never to remain silent" about sexual abuse and harassment.The 17-year-old ? identified only as Khadija ? spoke publicly this summer about a two-month ordeal in which she claimed she had been abducted, tattooed, burned and raped by at least 12 men. Continue reading...
  • 'I will not keep silent': Khadija rape case spurs women into action in Morocco ? video
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 26.11.2018
    Moroccan teenager Khadija says she was kidnapped at knife-point, then raped, beaten and tortured by 12 men during a two-month ordeal. The case caused outrage, and inspired the #Masaktach ? 'I will not keep silent' ? campaign, encouraging women to fight back against the pervasive sexual harassment and violence they encounter on Morocco's streets  Continue reading...
  • Hague hails 'tremendous start' to sexual violence scheme set up with Jolie
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.11.2018
    Former foreign secretary says critics ignore 'enormous progress' made since since 2014 launch William Hague has defended the controversial initiative he established with Angelina Jolie, describing it as having made "enormous progress" in raising awareness and breaking taboos around sexual violence in conflict.Set up by the former British foreign secretary alongside Hollywood actor Jolie, the project has encountered criticism since its glitzy London launch five years ago, and earlier this year was accused of losing momentum completely. Continue reading...
  • UK pledges £50m to help end FGM across Africa by 2030
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.11.2018
    Officials say funding is biggest investment in tackling practice and helping vulnerable girlsThe British government is to invest £50m in an attempt to end female genital mutilation by 2030, claiming it is the single biggest investment to tackle the issue by an international donor.The money, announced on Friday, will go to grassroots programmes working to stop the practice across Africa, where it is most prevalent. Penny Mordaunt, international development secretary, said the investment was also key to ending FGM in the UK. Continue reading...
  • Ugandan courts hold special sessions to clear backlog of sexual violence cases
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 22.11.2018
    Move intended to speed up convictions, as figures show half of all Ugandan women suffer physical or sexual abuse from a partnerUgandan courts are holding special sessions to help clear a backlog of cases of violence against women and girls.Thirteen sessions are being held in selected high and chief magistrate courts in 13 districts around the country, with the aim of hearing more than 1,000 cases by the end of the year. Continue reading...
  • 'I can't breathe': older women do double the unpaid work of men, says study
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 16.11.2018
    Study of 31 countries finds women over 60 undertake domestic and care work spanning up to to seven hours a dayOlder women spend twice as much time as older men on unpaid work, research has found.A report by the Overseas Development Institute covering 31 countries shows that women over 60 spend an average of four hours a day on work that goes unrewarded and largely unrecognised. Continue reading...
  • World Bank pulls $300m Tanzania loan over pregnant schoolgirl ban
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 15.11.2018
    Policy that denies schooling to young mothers cited among key reasons for withdrawing education fund The World Bank has withdrawn a $300m (£232m) loan to Tanzania amid concerns about the nation's policy of expelling pregnant girls from school.The money, a significant proportion of funding totalling $500m awarded to Tanzania by the bank in 2018, was scheduled for approval last month. It was intended to help Tanzania's education ministry to improve access to secondary education. Continue reading...
  • UK gives 'landmark' £200m to improve contraceptive access in Africa and Asia
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 13.11.2018
    Funding comes as figures show international efforts to expand family planning services by 2020 are falling far short of targetsThe UK government has launched a £200m programme to increase the availability of contraceptives in 27 countries across Africa and Asia, in what has been described as a "landmark" investment.The women's integrated sexual health (Wish) programme from the Department for International Development will expand services to young and poorer women, and aims to support an estimated six million couples a year. The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and Marie Stopes International are to implement the programme. Continue reading...
  • 'They see no shame': 'honour' killing video shows plight of Syrian women
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 12.11.2018
    Footage of a young Syrian woman's execution by her brother was greeted with widespread horror. Yet such violence is all too common ? and as a member of the Free Syrian Army, with its own police and courts, the man is untouchableKalashnikov in hand, the man looks into the camera. He stands over a terrified girl, who is pleading for her life."Make sure we can see both your faces," a voice orders. Continue reading...
  • 'I did it for every single girl': the first Afghan woman to scale Mount Noshaq
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 09.11.2018
    Conquering Afghanistan's highest peak was once unthinkable for Hanifa Yousoufi. Then she joined a climbing group, braving frostbite and the Taliban to strike a blow for gender equalityIn a quiet corner of Kabul, a dozen young women welcome their friend back from the summit of Afghanistan's highest mountain. Like many Afghan women, Hanifa Yousoufi had always been made to believe, growing up, that she shouldn't go to school or play sport. Yet the 24-year-old has become the first Afghan woman to climb Mount Noshaq.The young women gathered here are among the 70-strong cohort meeting six days a week to learn the art of climbing, something many never imagined they would have a chance to do. 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.