Panel in Hugvísindaþing 2018 - Rights and Wrongs: Gender Equality and Human Rights

UNU-GEST organizes a panel in Hugvísindaþing conference which is held 9-10 March 2018 at the University of Iceland. Staff members, fellows and associated scholars will address the issue from different angles.

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, this session takes an expansive approach to reflect upon the gender equality concept within the broader framework of human rights in contemporary culture. Although advances have been notable, issues of implementation and accountability have produced new challenges. Each panelist will explore how debates and activism on gender equality with regard to religion, energy poverty, sexual harassment, maternal and reproductive rights are playing out in contemporary culture and various academic disciplines around the world. Papers and presentations focus on the continent of Africa, India, Montenegro, Croatia, and Serbia, among others, providing a range of reference points across the globe to identify common platforms for further work on gender equality issues within the ambit of human rights.

Panel schedule and summaries of presentations can be found on the conference website:



9 March, 15:00 - 17:00. Room 202 in Lögberg, University of Iceland:

Eiríkur Smári Sigurðarson, Director of Research, School of Humanities, UlI: Human Rights, Understanding and Epistemic Contribution: The Role of the Humanities

Sólveig Anna Bóasdóttir, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, UoI: The Principle of Non-discrimination – Travelling Through the Drafts of the United Nation´s Declaration of Human Rights 1947 – 1948

Giti Chandra, Associated Scholar, UNU-GEST: Agency, Victimhood, and the Person: The List’ and other Fallouts of the #MeToo Movement in India

Tereza Vujosevic, Fellow, UNU-GEST: Law-driven Discrimination in Montenegro:  Utopian Path to Multiple Violations of Human Rights


10 March, 10:00 - 12:00. Room 102 Gimli, University of Iceland:

Andrea Jovanovic, Fellow, UNU-GEST: Orthodox Women Inside Their Four Walls: Opposing Perspectives on Religion in Serbia

Masha Durkalic, Fellow, UNU-GEST: Feminist Activism against Neo-conservatism: Preserving Abortion Rights in Croatia

Flora Tietgen, Research Assistant, UNU-GEST: The Evolution of the Concept of Human Security: From the State to the Individual

Pétur Waldorff, Senior Researcher and Erla Hlín Hjálmarsdóttir, Head of Research, UNU-GEST: Blurred Boundaries: Energy, Equality, and Human Rights


The conference is open to all, and we welcome everyone who shares our interest in the intersection of gender and human rights.