Master's Graduates to Complete Gender Post-Graduate Studies at the University of Iceland

Three Birzeit University students are attending a post-graduate diploma program in International Gender Studies at the University of Iceland under the Erasmus+ exchange program. The program is a cooperative effort between the External Academic Relations Office at Birzeit University and the United Nations University Gender Equality and Training Program (UNU-GEST).

The UNU-GEST, in cooperation with the University of Iceland, conducts an annual 20-weeks post-graduate diploma program, which focuses on the structures and mechanisms necessary to promote gender equality and advance women's empowerment.

Students Walaa' Shamasna (MA graduate from the Community and Public Health Program), Haneen Salameh (MA graduate of Law), and Rami Abu Sa'd, (MA graduate in International Studies) enrolled in the program with 12 other fellows from Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Palestine, Lebanon, Uganda, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Nigeria, Jamaica and Tunisia.

The students expressed their gratitude to Birzeit University. This opportunity, according to the students, provided them with the theoretical and practical experience needed to enhance their academic and professional skills and knowledge on international gender issues.  

The United Nations University Gender Equality Studies and Training Program (UNU-Gest) seeks to promote gender equality and women's empowerment through education, training and research on issues of relevance to developing fragile societies.