• 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

  • Civilians own 85% of world's 1bn firearms, survey reveals
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 18.06.2018
    Nearly 40% of all guns are in hands of US citizens, according to report that says rich countries hold more weapons than poorer nationsLatest statistics show the proliferation of privately owned guns is on the rise, with wealthy countries outstripping developing and war-torn countries.In a detailed report, weapons watchdog the Small Arms Survey has researched the numbers of guns across 230 countries. Continue reading...
  • Thousands of children are imprisoned across Africa. They need justice ' Graça Machel
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 18.06.2018
    Young people are all but invisible in the justice system, facing ill treatment at the hands of those who should be protecting them The legendary editor of the Guardian newspaper CP Scott famously declared in 1921 that "Comment is free, but facts are sacred". Unfortunately, when it comes to hard evidence on how many children are locked up in prisons, detention centres, migrant and refugee camps, rehabilitation units or other institutions across the world, the facts are more scarce than sacred.There is no single source of accurate data for these figures and estimates vary widely between 15,000 and 28,000 in Africa alone, but common sense dictates that the numbers are likely to be worse than even the highest approximations. Continue reading...
  • Scientists scramble to stop bananas being killed off
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 18.06.2018
    British firm races to produce bananas resistant to fungus sweeping global plantationsA British company has joined the race to develop a banana variety resistant to diseases and climatic changes that threaten to disrupt the availability of the country's favourite fruit ? or even kill it off altogether.The UK alone consumes more than 5bn bananas a year, while the fruit is a staple food in many poor countries and accounts for an export industry worth $13bn (£9.8bn) a year. Continue reading...
  • Japanese brewery gave donation to Myanmar army chief during Rohingya crisis
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 15.06.2018
    Japan urged to examine payment made by Kirin subsidiary at height of ethnic cleansing campaign in Rakhine state, which firm claims was for victimsThe Japanese government has been urged to investigate "immoral" payments, made by a subsidiary of one of the country's most popular breweries, that appear to have gone to Myanmar's military.Kirin Holdings Company has admitted its offshoot, Myanmar Brewery, made a payment late last year, during the height of the ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya population in Rakhine state. Continue reading...
  • Pakistan's shame: the open secret of child sex abuse in the workplace ' Kiran Nazish
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 15.06.2018
    Like millions of Pakistani children, Ahmed had to work to support his family. The sexual abuse he suffered is as commonplace as the government's failure to actAwad was 12 when his employer started sexually abusing him. He had a new job in a factory in Kasur and, he says, he knew such abuse was common. It continued for more than a year. "He used to take my name, and say, 'Awad you are my gift' ? He said that and kept hurting me." In Awad's mind, this was part of his job. "I could not refuse, because he paid me." All Awad remembers from this time is feeling shame. Continue reading...
  • Argentina congress takes historic step towards legalising abortion
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 14.06.2018
    Lower house votes 129-123 to allow abortion in first 14 weeksIf senate approves bill President Macri has said he will sign itThe lower house of Argentina's congress has narrowly approved a bill that would legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, in a historic victory for the country's growing women's movement. Tens of thousands of women ? many wearing the green headscarfs which have become a symbol of the movement ? braved a freezing winter night to stand vigil outside the congress building in Buenos Aires during the marathon 20-hour debate. Continue reading...
  • 'My body, my choice': Argentina moves closer to legal abortion with key vote
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 13.06.2018
    The chamber of deputies is voting on a crucial bill that would legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancyEven as calls for women in Argentina to be given the legal right to abortion have grown louder on its cities' streets, a change in the law had seemed unlikely ? until now.But a vote on abortion on Wednesday could transform Pope Francis's homeland from a country where women can go to jail for having an unlawful termination to one of Latin America's most progressive countries on reproductive rights. Continue reading...
  • Don't let Trump derail gender equality talks, experts warn G7 leaders
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 08.06.2018
    Malala Yousafzai, Christine Lagarde and Melinda Gates among specialists urging G7 leaders to honour plans to discuss equalityMembers of the G7's first gender advisory council have vowed that talks about US tariffs will not overshadow discussions about women's empowerment as they prepare to meet world leaders this weekend.Justin Trudeau created the advisory council to provide leaders with expert guidance on gender equality and to ensure the issue takes centre stage at the G7 summit, which begins in Quebec on Friday. Continue reading...
  • The unspeakable truth about slavery in Mauritania
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 08.06.2018
    For all the government's denials, slavery persists in Mauritania. In a rare insight into the lives of the tens of thousands of people affected, photojournalist Seif Kousmate spent a month photographing and interviewing current and former slaves. While there, he was arrested and imprisoned by police, who confiscated his memory cards, phone and laptopIn 1981, Mauritania made slavery illegal, the last country in the world to do so. Nonetheless, tens of thousands of people ? mostly from the minority Haratine or Afro-Mauritanian groups ? still live as bonded labourers, domestic servants or child brides. Local rights groups estimate that up to 20% of the population is enslaved, with one in two Haratines forced to work on farms or in homes with no possibility of freedom, education or pay.Slavery has a long history in this north African desert nation. For centuries, Arabic-speaking Moors raided African villages, resulting in a rigid caste system that still exists to this day, with darker-skinned inhabitants beholden to their lighter-skinned "masters". Slave status is passed down from mother to child, and anti-slavery activists are regularly tortured and detained. Yet the government routinely denies that slavery exists in Mauritania, instead praising itself for eradicating the practice. Continue reading...
  • It takes more than pro-choice laws to end deaths from unsafe abortions ' Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 06.06.2018
    South Africa legalised abortion in 1997. Yet so few clinics offer them that women still risk their lives by turning to illegal meansI have been an abortion provider for as long as I have been a qualified doctor. In the past five years, I have been inundated with emails, social media requests and calls from women from all walks of life desperate for my help.I will never forget one young woman who came to the public clinic in the West Rand township near Johannesburg, panicking about massive blood loss from her vagina. It was only after some prompting that she and a family member admitted to using abortion pills purchased outside a shopping centre. She bought the pills after being denied an abortion by the local clinic, where health workers told her "We don't do those things here," and shamed her for being young and sexually active. Continue reading...
  • 'Police never turned up': El Salvador's devastating epidemic of femicide ' Jo Griffin
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 06.06.2018
    Pressure is growing to tackle the rising toll of violence in one of the world's most dangerous places to be a womanThe day before she was found dead in a garden in a suburb of the El Salvadoran capital, Graciela Eugenia Ramírez Chávez had gone to buy shoes for her wedding. Her fiance was later arrested and charged with her murder ? she had been stabbed 56 times ? in a case that briefly made headlines in a country where femicide is a grisly daily reality.The death of 22-year-old Ramírez on 13 February came less than a month after Dr Rosa María Bonilla Vega, 45, died in hospital after being found injured at the foot of the stairs at her home in the city of Santa Ana. Two months later Karla Turcios, a 33-year-old journalist, was found, strangled and suffocated, on a road near the western town where she lived. The partners of both women have been charged with their murders. Continue reading...
  • Oxfam sexual abuse scandal fallout was 'out of proportion', says Clare Short
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 05.06.2018
    Former development secretary tells MPs' committee that sexual abuse is not a 'special problem' in the aid sectorThe fallout from the sexual misconduct scandal at the charity Oxfam was "completely distorted and out of all proportion" according to a former secretary of state for international development, Clare Short.Speaking to the international development committee on Tuesday, Short said she did not believe sexual abuse was a "special problem" within charities. Continue reading...
  • Abuse is daily reality for female garment workers for Gap and H&M, says report
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 05.06.2018
    Clothing companies to investigate allegations that fast fashion deadlines create climate of harassment and violence in Asian factoriesPressure to meet fast fashion deadlines is leading to women working in Asian factories supplying Gap and H&M being sexually and physically abused, according to unions and rights groups.More than 540 workers at factories that supply the two retailers have described incidents of threats and abuse, according to two separate reports published last week by Global Labour Justice on gender-based violence in Gap and H&M's garment supply chains. Continue reading...
  • Theresa May urged to demand top UN official quits over harassment crisis
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 01.06.2018
    Whistleblowers call for British intervention over Michel Sidibé's handling of sexual misconduct claims at UNAidsFemale whistleblowers and global HIV activists have urged the British government to demand the resignation of a senior UN official over his alleged mishandling of serious sexual harassment claims.The high-profile group of campaigners, which includes Martina Brostrom, who maintains she was sexually assaulted by a former UN assistant secretary general while she worked for UNAids, wants Theresa May and the Department for International Development to intervene over the conduct of the agency's executive director, Michel Sidibé. Continue reading...
  • Gender pay gap costs global economy $160tn, says World Bank study
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 31.05.2018
    Analysis of lifetime earnings across 141 countries suggests failure to reward women and men equally generates huge global lossGender equality would enrich the global economy by an estimated $160tn (£120tn) if women were earning as much as men in the workplace, a study by the World Bank has found.Equal pay, equal hours and equal participation in the workforce could lead to a global wealth jump of $23,620 a person, as well as creating knock-on benefits such as lower malnutrition and child mortality rates, said the report. Continue reading...
  • Does Trump really think preaching celibacy can beat HIV? ' Serra Sippel
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 31.05.2018
    As US aid cuts take a ruinous toll on women's health, it is vital short-sighted ideology does not outweigh hard factsIt is no secret that the US president's emergency plan for Aids relief, launched by George Bush in 2003, is one of the most successful public health campaigns in history. Known as Pepfar, it now reaches more than 14 million people with lifesaving HIV treatment. In the past 15 years, it has enabled more than 2.2 million children to be born free from HIV and has reached more than 15.2 million boys and men with voluntary medical circumcisions, a procedure that can prevent new HIV infections.However, Pepfar's most striking accomplishment is the sharp drop in new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women in sub-Saharan Africa. In just three years, these infections have declined by between 25% and 40% in nearly two-thirds of districts with the highest HIV prevalence. Continue reading...
  • Brilliance overtakes beauty as Ms Geek Africa spotlights tech genius ' Lauren Gambino
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 28.05.2018
    Long noted for its progressive stance on equality, Rwanda is the birthplace of a contest that champions female tech wizardsAfter years of women in evening gowns vying for the title of national beauty queen, glamour is giving way to geekery in Rwanda.A group of female tech entrepreneurs decided it was time to ditch Miss Rwanda for a different kind of competition, one that judged women on brilliance rather than beauty. It was time for Ms Geek. Continue reading...
  • Sudanese teenager who killed rapist husband appeals death sentence
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 24.05.2018
    Noura Hussein, whose case has been taken up by Naomi Campbell and Emma Watson, vows to help other women forced to marryThe lawyers for a young Sudanese woman sentenced to death for killing her husband as he tried to rape her have formally appealed the ruling as a petition calling for her to be spared reached a million signatures.The legal team working on behalf of 19-year-old Noura Hussein, whose case has become an international cause celebre, had until Thursday to file an appeal to the death sentence handed down by a Sudanese court 15 days ago. Continue reading...
  • Women saved from Boko Haram claim soldiers made them trade sex for food
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 24.05.2018
    Amnesty investigation alleges 'horrendous abuse' by Nigerian military in camps where thousands reportedly died of hunger Thousands of women and girls who believed they were being led to safety from Boko Haram by Nigerian security forces were instead systematically abused in exchange for food and assistance, an Amnesty International investigation has revealed.The shocking claims were made by more than 250 people interviewed over a two-year period. Some allege they were raped by members of the Nigerian military and Civilian Joint Task Force (Civilian JTF), while others say they were starved. The troops ordered civilians out of their villages and into satellite camps, where thousands of people, including children, have died of hunger, the report claims. Continue reading...
  • 'The mindset is that boys are not raped': India ends silence on male sex abuse
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.05.2018
    Major survey commissioned after film-maker finds evidence many Indian men may have suffered child abuseA film-maker asked by the Indian government to conduct a study of male survivors of child sexual abuse has said there is a culture of indifference in the country about "what happens to men as boys".Insia Dariwala is investigating links between unresolved male trauma and its impact in later life, after an online survey of 160 Indian men showed that 71% of respondents had been sexually abused as children. 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.