• 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

  • 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...
  • UK and US border officials join forces in bid to tackle female genital mutilation
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 07.09.2018
    Information from airport interviews to be shared as part of Anglo-US drive to protect potential victimsBritish police and border security will share intelligence on female genital mutilation with US counterparts as part of a drive to increase prosecutions and prevent abuse.Information on flight paths and investigations will be shared between the UK authorities and US agencies, including the FBI and Department of Homeland Security. Continue reading...
  • Jail fear prevents women in Mauritania from filing rape complaints, study finds
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 06.09.2018
    Campaigners demand change to law that means survivors of sexual violence can be imprisoned for adulteryHuman rights activists are calling for a change to Mauritanian law so that women and girls who have been raped will not be prosecuted for sexual relations outside marriage. Rape survivors are reluctant to file complaints in the west African country in case they are then charged, according to a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW). Continue reading...
  • The world is failing women and girls whose bodies have been weaponised ' Lilianne Ploumen
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 05.09.2018
    We need a worldwide sanctions regime to target those using sexual violence against women and girls as a strategy of warRemember #BringBackOurGirls? It was a cry for help by the families of the girls from Chibok in Nigeria. Their daughters were abducted by Boko Haram in 2014. Some have been released, others are still held. Survivors tell horrific stories of rape and forced marriages.Remember Mount Sinjar in Iraq? Thousands of Yazidi families took refuge from Isis on the mountain in 2014. Others fell into the militants' hands. Women were sold into sexual slavery, held captive and raped. Continue reading...
  • Warning system in airport toilet cubicles to help victims of FGM
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 31.08.2018
    Stickers at Birmingham airport tell potential victims of FGM or trafficking to alert authorities by dialling 101Travellers who fear they are at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) or trafficking can now alert the authorities through a colour-coded warning system in airport toilet cubicles.Stickers displayed in toilets at Birmingham airport ask passengers at risk of FGM, trafficking or modern-day slavery to call West Midlands police. Each cubicle is assigned a colour, so that specialist staff can identify and reach anyone who needs support. 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...
  • Sudan teen who killed rapist husband faces new calls for death penalty
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 24.08.2018
    Noura Hussein got a jail sentence after an international outcry. Prosecutors seek to overturn the ruling that spared her executionState prosecutors in Sudan are calling for the death penalty to be reinstated for a young woman who was sentenced to five years in jail for killing her abusive husband.Noura Hussein, 19, was found guilty of premeditated murder in May and had faced execution. But a month later, after a high profile campaign, the verdict was quashed and she was given a jail sentence and fined for manslaughter. Continue reading...
  • Indian state launches breastfeeding drive in bid to cut infant deaths
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 17.08.2018
    Rajasthan moves to tackle above average infant mortality rate by promoting natural feeding in first hour of lifeThe Rajasthan government has launched a campaign to promote breastfeeding, particularly in the first hour after birth, in a bid to improve the state's infant mortality rate. There were 41 infant deaths for every 1,000 live births in the north-east Indian state in 2016, compared with the national average of 34. Continue reading...
  • UN accused of hindering inquiry into alleged sexual assault by India official
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 16.08.2018
    Contractor who claims senior UN population fund official sexually harassed her says agency has prejudiced criminal investigation The UN has been accused of obstructing a police investigation in India following claims of sexual assault against one of its senior officials.Prashanti Tiwari, who says she was sexually harassed and groped while working for an organisation contracted by the UN population fund, UNFPA, said the agency had tried to block a criminal investigation by claiming immunity for its staff, including the alleged perpetrator. Continue reading...
  • 'She insulted my manhood': murder underlines Turkey's LGBT backlash
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 16.08.2018
    In a country where anti-gay violence is often excused as unjust provocation, a fatal shooting has raised fresh fearsSimge Avc? loved practical jokes, says her roommate Bahar, recalling how her friend would giggle after pretending to spill the contents of an empty teapot on her startled victims. Bahar (not her real name), 25, had lived with Avc? for seven years in Samsun, a small, sleepy city on the Black Sea coast of Turkey. Continue reading...
  • 'Indonesia's horror': the girl, 15, raped by her brother and jailed for abortion
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 16.08.2018
    The grisly truth behind a baby's death has caused an outcry in a country where abortion laws take scant heed of circumstanceFika* gave birth alone in her room at night. The baby came out alive. According to her testimony, the 15-year-old from Sumatra cut the umbilical cord with a razor and then the baby went limp and died. She held it up, but it didn't cry. Continue reading...
  • The football-loving lawyer moving the goalposts for girls' rights in Kenya ? podcast
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 08.08.2018
    After studying human rights law, Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan returned to her hometown to promote peace and champion women's rights ? through ball skills and teamworkFatuma Abdulkadir Adan has personal experience of the internal conflicts in northern Kenyan society. Her father is from the Borana people, her mother is Gabra and her husband is ethnically Rendille: three groups who have historically clashed over water, pastureland and cattle.Adan founded the Horn of Africa Development Initiative with the aim of bringing communities together and promoting the rights of women and girls, through education as well as one of Adan's main passions, football. Now there are 1,645 girls playing in the league she has set up. Continue reading...
  • Argentina holds historic abortion vote as 1m women rally to demand change
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 08.08.2018
    Senate votes on bill opposed by Catholic church and pope that would legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancyUPDATE: Argentina senate rejects bill to legalise abortionAna María Acevedo was a 19-year-old housemaid and already the mother of three children when she was diagnosed with cancer of the jaw.Her prognosis took a turn for the worse when doctors discovered she was two weeks pregnant, and cancelled her scheduled chemotherapy sessions. Continue reading...
  • 'No madam can scare me': maid turned comedian mocks India's elite
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 07.08.2018
    Deepika Mhatre has turned her experiences as a cook for rich families into a standup routineIt is considered insolent in India for a maid to talk back. But one housekeeper in Mumbai is challenging the expectation to be submissive and obedient by lampooning the world of domestic employment in a standup routine several nights a week."Although my employers were mostly nice to me, I used to hear horror stories from other maids," Deepika Mhatre, 43, told the Guardian. "I used my experiences for my routine, like other comedians," she said. 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.