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Iceland Gender Equality Program Joins UN University Network

By Iceland Review

The Gender Equality Studies and Training Programme (GEST) at the University of Iceland was formally approved as a member of the United Nations University (UNU) network earlier this month.

universityoficeland_domThe University of Iceland. Photo: Dagbjört Oddný Matthíasdóttir/Iceland Review.

A trilateral agreement was signed on May 9 between the University of Iceland, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland and the UN Universities (UNU).

Established in 2009, the study program ran as a pilot project before joining the UNU network earlier this month.

According to a press release from the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the objective of the program is to provide training for specialists from developing countries and post-conflict societies to better enable them to work towards gender equality in their home countries.

The program also emphasizes women’s participation in peace building efforts as well as integrating gender and environmental issues.

Three other UNU training programmes are based in Iceland: The Land Restoration Training Programme, the Fisheries Training Programme, and the Geothermal Training Programme.


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