This week the Gender Equality Studies and Training Programme (GEST) ,University of Reykjavik, celebrated its 10-year anniversary at the Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development Nairobi in collaboration with the UNESCO Management of Social Transformations Programme (MOST) and the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO (KNATCOM). Former GEST fellows from Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique and Palestine joined the seminar to present their current work in gender equality in their home countries and to contribute to the discussion of the GEST alumni strategy and UNESCO/MOST-GEST cooperation.
Several international scholars and experts presented their research in the fields of higher education, masculinity studies and climate change. Among the distinguished speakers was Dr. N'Dri Assie-Lumumba, Professor of African studies at Cornell University (USA), and member of the MOST Scientific Advisory Committee.
The event launched cooperation of the the Gender Equality Studies and Training Programme (GEST) and UNESCO/MOST. GEST will be an important partner for UNESCO in the context of the new “International Centre for Capacity Development – sustainable use of natural resources and societal change”, Category 2 Center in Reykjavik (Iceland) under the auspices of UNESCO.
The event also contributed to
- Build up a network drawing on GEST alumni and experts, which can contribute, to key MOST Activities, capacity building and research-policy impact in Africa
- To create a platform for knowledge sharing and partners to contribute to the Men4Gender Equality.
- UNESCO's two global priorities Africa and Gender Equality.