On 25 May 2016, the UNU Gender Equality Studies and Training Programme (UNU-GEST) celebrated the graduation of 15 fellows, who each received a postgraduate diploma in international gender studies. The fellows (4 men, 11 women) came from Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Palestine (West Bank), South Africa, and Uganda.
This was the largest graduating class since the beginning of the programme, and the fourth cohort after it became a part of the United Nations University in 2013.
The graduation ceremony included addresses by Mr Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson, Permanent Secretary of State (Iceland); Mr Guðmundur Hálfdanarson, Dean of the School of Humanities, University of Iceland; and Mrs Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, former President of Iceland.
Dr. Irma Erlingsdóttir, Director of UNU-GEST, recounted the activities of the programme in the past year, and Mr Daniel Amponsah (Ghana) spoke on behalf of the graduating fellows about their experiences during their stay in Iceland. Ms Stella Tereka (Uganda) received the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Award for best final assignment for her project “Enhancing Women Farmers’ Adaptive Capacity to Cope with Climate Change in Kamuli District”.
Since 2009, 68 students have graduated from the five-month programme, whose objective is to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment through research and education. Its main target group is professionals from developing countries and post-conflict societies working for government and civil society organisations.
UNU-GEST is affiliated with the School of Humanites at the University of Iceland, and supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs as a part of Iceland´s contribution to development cooperation efforts.
For more, see Congratulations to the UNU-GEST fellows of 2016 on the UNU-GEST website.