Wikigender University: The United Nations University (UNU-GEST)
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The objective of the UNU-GEST Programme is to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in developing countries and post-conflict societies through research and education. Its main target group is professionals working for government and civil society organisations in developing countries and post-conflict societies undergoing reconstruction. The UNU-GEST Programme also offers short courses and seminars which are open for professionals from both developed and developing countries.
The UNU-GEST Programme is run by the University of Iceland and managed by EDDA – Center of Excellence.
The GEST Programme was launched in January 2009, and in January 2010, the first fellows completed the Programme. It became formally part of the United Nations University (UNU-GEST) in May 2013 with the signing of a tripartite agreement between the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the United Nations University, and the University of Iceland. The programme is part of the Icelandic government’s development cooperation efforts.
The UNU-GEST diploma programme
The UNU-GEST diploma programme is hosted by the University of Iceland, within the School of Humanities. The University of Iceland ranks amongst the top 300 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings list of the best global universities. The University uses ECTS credit system where 60 ECTS credits amount to one year of full time study. The UNU-GEST diploma is 30 ECTS post-graduate programme. Studies commence in early January and the programme ends in late May each year. The programme consists of six teaching modules, taught by leading experts in their respective fields. Successful candidates are awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in International Gender Equality Studies.
The overall goal of the programme is to educate and train women and men from developing countries and conflict/post-conflict societies in gender equality methods and theories and to strengthen their professional capacities for advancing and implementing gender sensitive projects in their home countries. The programme’s curriculum builds upon scholarship in gender equality and on development studies incorporating major interdisciplinary agenda, on intellectual debates and on recent methodological practices.
The target group for the UNU-GEST diploma programme consists of professionals from developing countries and post-conflict societies working for government ministries and agencies, civil society organisations and educational institutes. For the 2016 academic year, two educational tracks are offered: Gender and Security, and Gender and Society.
Wikigender University Programme
The 2016 UNU-GEST diploma programme in International Gender Studies started in January with the arrival of fifteen fellows who will be studying at the University of Iceland this year.
Fellows are also taking part in the Wikigender University Programme, by writing articles on key topics which are uploaded and shared on the Wikigender platform.
As part of the 2016 edition of the Wikigender University Programme, fellows contributed to the website with the following articles:
- Women in leadership positions in Uganda by Atim Harriet Obong
- Women’s entrepreneurship in Ghana by Daniel Amposah
- Girls’ education in Uganda by Wamundu Muzamil
- Women’s agricultural employment in Uganda by Stella Tereka
- Women and Family Planning in Mozambique by Amélia Olga André Zawangoni
- Gender, HIV/AIDS and food security in Malawi by Nthamyo Mbeye
- Women‘s Access to Employment in the Media in Malawi by Roselyn Dalitso Makhambera