The mission of UNU-GEST is to use a multidisciplinary approach to promote gender equality and social justice in developing, conflict and post-conflict countries through:

  • high-quality, collaborative, and policy-relevant research
  • strengthening capacity of professionals, scholars and organizations
  • creating a platform for transnational dialogue, knowledge production and exchange


The United Nations University Gender Equality Studies and Training Programme (UNU-GEST) was launched in October 2009 and became part of the United Nations University network in May 2013. The Programme facilitates capacity development of professionals and organizations to strengthen their capabilities in the fields of gender equality work by conducting research and through education and training. The two main components of the Programme are the UNU-GEST research programme and an educational programme, which ranges from short courses and on-site training, to a diploma programme in international gender studies and scholarships for masters and PhD programmes.

The UNU-GEST Programme is primarily funded by the Government of Iceland, as a part of its commitments to gender equality and international development cooperation.