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“We have learned that despite the differences we have in ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or social status, our struggles in this world are similar“ - UNU-GEST graduates the 12th cohort

Today, the United Nations University Gender Equality Studies and Training Programme (UNU-GEST) celebrated the graduation of 23 fellows who were awarded a post-graduate diploma in international gender studies from the University of Iceland. This year, the fellows come from 13 countries; from Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Palestine, Serbia, Uganda and for the first time Kosovo and India.
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GEST fellows present their final assignments

23 fellows are graduating from the UNU-GEST programme in spring semester 2019 with a post-graduate diploma degree in international gender studies. The graduates will present their final assignments at open seminars at the University of Iceland.
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Field visit to southeast of Iceland - Gender, Environment & Climate Change

During the first week of May, as a part of the module Gender, Environment, and Climate Change, the UNU-GEST fellows participated in the annual field visit to the southeast of Iceland.
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Annual meeting of Nordic Women Mediators successfully convened in Oslo

On 9-10 May 2019 more than 50 members of the Nordic Women Mediators (NWM) network convened in Oslo for a two-day annual meeting. In addition to the NWM members, seven prominent women from Afghanistan, Libya and Yemen were invited to provide insights into the status of women’s engagement and influence in the peace processes in their respective countries.
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First ReNEW Summer School kicked off today at the University of Iceland

The overall topic of the summer school is ‚Nordic Trends in Gender Studies‘ and the main target group for the summer school are PhD students and advanced MA students working on Norden-related topics in their final theses. Over the next 5 days, experts within the gender studies field will provide students with feedback on their work, and introduce them to four separate but interlinked pillars of current Nordic gender research: Intersectionality, migration and labour markets, post-colonialism, as well as trans issues and queer theory.
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UNU-GEST fellows share their experiences around Iceland

During the last month, few UNU-GEST fellows traveled around and shared their experiences within the field of gender equality.
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"Recognizing women's work, especially inside the home, is the first imperative step towards prosperity"

On Friday 5 April, the UNU-GEST fellows enrolled in the module on Gender, Labour and Migration attended the second day of the conference: Future of Work, hosted by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Nordic Council of Ministers in Harpa, Reykjavík.
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UNU-GEST fellows visit the President of Iceland

It was a blustery afternoon yesterday, when the fellows of the 2019 cohort of the UNU Gender Equality Studies and Training programme had the honour of being received by the President of Iceland, Mr. Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, at the presidential residence Bessastaðir.
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Two day Technical Meeting on Equal Pay (EPIC) Concluded

Today, 10 UNU-GEST fellows who are enrolled in the module Gender, Labour and Migration concluded a two day technical meeting of the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) on promoting better indicators, statistics, data and policies to reduce the gender pay gap.
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Scandimania at UNU-GEST

In March, UNU-GEST project manager Thomas Brorsen Smidt met up with students from the University of North Dakota to talk to them about the GEST programme as well as Icelandic society and its relationship with gender equality.
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