• 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

  • Rape at gunpoint is illegal in America? Tell that to the women we work with
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 17.08.2018
    US law ignores the violence routinely suffered by women in prostitution, and actively criminalises victims. Here, after a Guardian investigation revealed the exploitation cycle in US prisons, two activists say enough is enoughEvery day on the streets of the US, women are being raped, viciously attacked and left for dead. When women do die, their killings almost never make the local news and the perpetrators who commit these horrendous acts of violence do so with almost total impunity.Under the country's laws, these women are victims. But their lives are deemed worthless by the public and the state. They hold no political agency or economic power and, while they are incarcerated time and time again, the perpetrators ? the people who hurt them ? are never jailed. 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...
  • US women's rights campaigner accused of sexual harassment
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 15.08.2018
    Eminent sociologist Michael Kimmel steps down from board of gender equality campaign groupAn eminent sociologist and high profile women's rights campaigner has stepped down indefinitely from the board of a gender equality group following allegations of sexual harassment.Michael Kimmel, distinguished professor of sociology at Stony Brook University in New York, has resigned from the board of Promundo, an initiative that promotes gender justice by engaging men and boys. Continue reading...
  • UN must not lose funding over sexual harassment, alleged victim warns
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 10.08.2018
    Steve Lee, who has accused UN Women adviser Ravi Karkara of misconduct, calls on member states to fund urgent reformA policy advocate who made allegations of sexual misconduct against a senior UN adviser has urged member states to fund efforts to stamp out harassment and bullying at the organisation.Steve Lee said that, in making his claims against Ravi Karkara public, he hoped to highlight an urgent need for resources to overhaul a broken system designed to protect the UN brand rather than the alleged victims of abuse. Continue reading...
  • Indian sex workers vent fury over law they fear will promote harassment
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 10.08.2018
    Legislation designed to protect trafficking victims ignores workers who enter sex trade voluntarily, critics warnSex workers in New Delhi's red light district have reacted with fury to new anti-trafficking legislation that they believe will penalise them.The Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) bill, which is set to become law after being passed last month by parliament, seeks to prevent, rescue and rehabilitate people who have been trafficked. Continue reading...
  • Latin America's fight to legalise abortion: the key battlegrounds
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 09.08.2018
    After Argentina rejected a bill to allow abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, hopes of reform now rest elsewhereAn estimated 6.5 million abortions take place across Latin America each year. Three-quarters of these procedures are unlawful, often performed in unsafe illegal clinics or at home.Of 33 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean, only Cuba, Uruguay and Guyana permit elective abortions. Women also have the right to choose in Mexico City. Elsewhere, however, the right to an abortion is severely restricted, with terminations often permitted in cases of rape, or if the pregnancy will endanger the life of the mother. Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Suriname all have a complete ban on abortion. Continue reading...
  • Argentina senate rejects bill to legalise abortion
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 09.08.2018
    Lawmakers vote against allowing elective abortion in first 14 weeks of pregnancyArgentina's senate has rejected a bill to legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.Lawmakers debated for more than 15 hours and voted 38 against to 31 in favour, despite the fact opinion polls showed the bill had strong public support. 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...
  • 'I didn't want this to be a taboo': the fight for Kosovan women raped during the war
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 04.08.2018
    An artist, an activist and a former president have helped secure a landmark victory for thousands of Kosovans, as the state finally agrees to pay them war pensions ? After two decades, the hidden victims are finally recognisedWhen the war in Kosovo began, Feride Rushiti was studying medicine at the University of Tirana in Albania. After she qualified, she volunteered to treat civilian victims of the conflict. In March 1999, she travelled to Kukës on the Albanian border, where hundreds of thousands of refugees had gathered, fleeing a campaign of ethnic cleansing by Serbian forces. It was desperate, confusing, utterly heartbreaking, she says of the largest forced exodus in Europe since the second world war.Rushiti, an ethnic Albanian from Gjilan in eastern Kosovo, worked by day with the UN's children's agency and at night with Doctors Without Borders. Amid the chaos of those first days, she met a woman whose story would change her life, and with it the lives of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of other women. Continue reading...
  • After two decades, the hidden victims of the Kosovo war are finally recognised
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 03.08.2018
    Women who survived sexual violence in the Kosovo conflict have belatedly become eligible for a war pensionFive tombs lie side by side, marble headstones etched with the images of men whose deaths attest to one of the largest massacres by Serbian forces during the Kosovo war. A larger memorial in the quiet mountain village of Beleg, Gjakova, bears the names of a further 46, whose bodies were never found.Kosovo's landscape is dotted with tributes to freedom fighters, dead and missing; to heroes and martyrs of the ethnic Albanian uprising against the Yugoslav regime that was led by Serbian warlord Slobodan Milosevic. But nothing marks what Human Rights Watch have called the "weapons" and "instruments of systematic ethnic cleansing" of that war ? the use of rape and sexual violence. Continue reading...
  • How The Handmaid's Tale dressed protests across the world
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 03.08.2018
    The red-and-white costume from Margaret Atwood's novel has been donned by women from Ireland to ArgentinaWhen US vice-president Mike Pence visited Philadelphia on 23 July, he was greeted by a now familiar sight: a wall of women dressed in scarlet cloaks, with oversize white bonnets obscuring their faces.The outfit worn by Margaret Atwood's handmaids in her 1985 dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale and its recent TV adaptation has been in evidence from Argentina to the US, the UK and Ireland, and has emerged as one of the most powerful current feminist symbols of protest, in a subversive inversion of its association with the oppression of women. Continue reading...
  • UN sounds the alarm over Saudi human rights crackdown after two more arrests
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 02.08.2018
    Samar Badawi and Nassima al-Sadah become latest victims of clampdown that treats rights defenders 'worse than criminals'The UN has expressed concern over the continuing and "apparently arbitrary" crackdown on Saudi human rights activists after two more prominent female campaigners were arrested in the kingdom.Samar Badawi, an internationally recognised activist, and Nassima al-Sadah, a co-founding member of Al-Adalah Center for Human Rights, were detained earlier this week. Continue reading...
  • Professor forced into hiding by death threats over Brazil abortion hearing
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 02.08.2018
    Campaigner involved in case that could lead to legal abortion in first 12 weeks of pregnancy enters protection programmeDays before a Brazilian supreme court hearing on a move that could eventually decriminalise abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, a leading feminist campaigner is in hiding after receiving death threats. Debora Diniz, a professor of anthropology at the University of Brasília, who helped bring the legal action with bioethics institute Anis, is sequestered in an unknown location but will still appear at the two-day hearing, which starts on Friday. Continue reading...
  • The secret networks saving Lebanon's migrant maids from abuse ' Richard Hall
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 01.08.2018
    The country's domestic workers often endure beatings or sexual violence by their employers ? which they cannot report for fear of deportation ? but help is at hand When Angela ran away from her employer ? a man who had raped her and kept her imprisoned in his home ? she had nowhere to go.She didn't dare contact the police, because she knew that escaped migrant domestic workers in Beirut were often returned to their abusers. She had no money and no passport. Continue reading...
  • Risky contraceptive methods some women are forced to use ? in pictures
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 11.07.2018
    From applying vinegar to jumping up and down after sex, millions of women without access to modern forms of family planning have to resort to archaic, often dangerous methodsPhotos and testimonies by UNFPA 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.