International Conference: Addressing the Persistence of Gender Inequalities in Conflict Prevention and Peace Processes

lógó ráðstefna 1325 EDDA – Center of Excellence at the University of Iceland, in collaboration with the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs, will host an international conference entitled Addressing the Persistence of Gender Inequalities in Conflict Prevention and Peace Processes. The Conference will take place on 4-5 April 2014 at the University of Iceland, Askja building, room 132, and is open to all and free of charge. See Conference Programme.

The UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security was passed 14 years ago. While one of its pillars is the participation of women in conflict prevention and peace building, they have continued to be largely absent from such processes due to a lack of gender sensitive transitional justice mechanisms. The aim of this conference is to stimulate critical thinking in advance of the 2015 high-level review of progress on resolution 1325. The Conference will seek answers to the following questions: Why is it so difficult to get women to the peace table – and is that even the right question to ask? What are the lessons learnt from implementing UNSCR 1325 in the context of peacekeeping? What are the key challenges to implementing UNSCR 1325 in the defence and security sectors? How do we move beyond the current paradigm of war and peace negotiations? Read more »

Visit to ICEIDA

Visit to ICEIDA januaryOn Wednesday 29 April the UNU-GEST fellows visited the Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA) and were given a presentation on ICEIDA‘s work with partnering countries. In 2013 ICEIDA operated in three countries; Malawi, Mozambique and Uganda. ICEIDA is an autonomous agency under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is responsible for the implementation of official Icelandic bilateral development cooperation. The fellows found the visit very informative and enjoyable.

The 2014 GEST Programme Commences

The 2014 UNU-GEST Programme has begun with the arrival of fourteen fellows who will be participating in the programme this year. The fellows come from Malawi, Mozambique, Palestine (West Bank) and Uganda. The fellows work for various government ministries, human rights and civil society organizations, as well as UN institutions. The programme will run until May.

Short Course on Gender Sensitive Project Development

IMG_0809The UNU-GEST Programme was commissioned to run a 2 day short course on Gender Sensitive Project Development for the Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA). The course focused on gender and equality in line with ICEIDA’s gender equality policy but the overall aim of the course was to provide participants with skills and gender-sensitive techniques for successful stocktaking, planning and implementation of programme and projects to advance gender equality. The course was run 4 times in October and November. First as a pilot version for staff in the Reykjavík head office of ICEIDA and then in each of ICEIDA’s field offices in partner countries: Uganda, Mozambique and Malawi.

Season’s Greetings

Season's Greetings

The Vigdis Finnbogadottir Award

Vigdís og Alberto2 Vigdís og Chikondi2

Above, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir with Mr Alberto Cumbi from Mozambique and with Ms Chikondi Manyungwa from Malawi.

Vigdis Finnbogadottir, the former president of Iceland and patron of the GEST Programme, gave out awards for outstanding final assignments during the graduation ceremony on 31 May 2013.

Final assignments considered for the award have to fulfil the following criteria: They have to show evidence of sophisticated gender analysis with appropriate academic references, and to be well structured and written.  The assignment has to come up with recommendations for improving gender related issues that are of concern in the fellow‘s home country. Those recommendations have to be well thought through, culturally sensitive and practical.  The final assignments from this group of UNU-GEST fellows were on diverse topics and most were of high quality. This award is usually only given for one final assignment but this year there were two assignments that excelled. Considering the quality of both of these projects and their different merits, it was decided that both should be awarded. Read more »