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UNU-GEST Fellow Participates in a Seminar on Women, Business and the Law — Launch of the New World Bank Report 2019

Yesterday, UNU-Gest fellow and Gender Development Officer at the Malawian Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Kondwani Macdonald Mhone took part in the Seminar on Women, Business and the Law — Launch of the new World Bank report 2019 at Hilton Reykjavík Nordica.
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UNU-GEST Fellows visit Icelandic Parliament

Last Friday, as a co-curricular activity, UNU-GEST fellows visited the National Parliament of Iceland (Alþingi). The fellows were led around the new and old parliament buildings by Birgitta Bragadóttir who presented to Alþingi’s history through paintings and art installations in the buildings. The fellows visited different offices and meeting halls, including the Chamber of Parliament. There, the fellows were briefed about the first woman in Alþingi, the Iceland’s first and only female president and Iceland’s first female prime minister. Furthermore, the fellows were briefed about the general composition of men versus women in the Parliament, especially across different political parties.
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UNU-GEST participates in a conference in Maputo: “Men, Masculinities and Gender Equality in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean: Interregional Dialogues”

UNU-GEST representatives Dr. Thomas Brorsen Smidt and Anna Guðrún Aradóttir participated in the conference “Men, Masculinities and Gender Equality in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean: Interregional Dialogues”, organized by UNESCO and HOPEM, that took place in Maputo from 25 to 27 February. The main purpose of the seminar was to establish a framework for formulating constructive critical approaches to urgent issues around men, masculinities and gender equality in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
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Opening the (Gender) Blinds - Conference on Gender and Substance Use

UNU-GEST in partnership with RIKK, the Root and Gender Equality Agency of Iceland will host the two-day conference on Gender and Substance Use: Opening the (Gender) Blinds, Towards an Inclusive Gender-Based View of Trauma and Addiction in Reykjavík on 28 February – 1 March 2019.
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UNU-GEST Fellows Visit the Supreme Court of Iceland

Yesterday, as an extra curriculum activity to the module Gender, Violence and Security, the UNU-GEST fellows visited the Supreme Court of Iceland. During the visit, the fellows were briefed on the Icelandic judicial system, the history of the Supreme Court of Iceland, and the recent reform of the judicial system, with the establishment of the Appeals Court in 2018.
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RIKK & UNU-GEST Joint Lecture Series: Fourth Lecturer, Dr. Marsha Henry

Dr. Marsha Henry, is the fourth lecturer in the 2019 RIKK – Institute for Gender, Equality and Difference & UNU-GEST – United Nations University Gender Equality Studies and Training Programme – lecture series during spring term 2019. Her lecture is titled: “Reflections on Gender and Transformative Wellbeing in Post-conflict Contexts: The Political Economy of Sexual Violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Liberia”, and will take place on Thursday, 21th of February, from 12:00 to 13:00.
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RIKK & UNU-GEST Joint Lecture Series: Third Lecturer, Dr. Zilka Spahić-Šiljak

Dr. Zilka Spahić-Šiljak, Associate Professor, is the third lecturer in the 2019 RIKK – Institute for Gender, Equality and Difference & UNU-GEST – United Nations University Gender Equality Studies and Training Programme – lecture series during spring term 2019. Her lecture is titled: “Victim or Survivor? Choosing Identity and Being Acknowledged after Wartime Sexual Violence in Bosnia”, and will take place on Thursday, 7th of February, from 12:00 to 13:00.
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RIKK & UNU-GEST Joint Lecture Series: Second Lecturer, Dr. Henri Myrttinen

Dr. Henri Myrttinen, Head of Gender and Peacebuilding with International Alert, is the second lecturer in the 2019 RIKK – Institute for Gender, Equality and Difference & UNU-GEST – United Nations University Gender Equality Studies and Training Programme – lecture series during spring term 2019. His lecture is titled: “Broadening the Scope – The Risks and Benefits of Integrating Masculinities and LGBTIQ into the Women, Peace and Security Agenda”, and will take place on Thursday, 24th of January, from 12:00 to 13:00.
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RIKK & UNU-GEST Lecture Series

Last week, Dr. Edda Björk Þórðardóttir Postdoctoral Researcher at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Iceland opened the 2019 RIKK & UNU-GEST Lecture Series with her presentation “Trauma and its Health-Related Effects” at the National Museum of Iceland.
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UNU-GEST Welcomes the Fellows of 2019

Today, the United Nations University Gender Equality Studies and Training Programme (UNU-GEST) welcomed its 12th cohort to the postgraduate diploma programme in International Gender Studies. This semester, UNU-GEST has the pleasure of hosting 23 Fellows - seven men and sixteen women, from thirteen countries: Afghanistan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Kosovo, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Palestine, Serbia, and Uganda. The Fellows represent experts and postgraduate students from various professional fields including universities, local governments, public information, police, and legal assistance.
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