GRÓ GEST Final Seminar 2024

15 May 2024
GRÓ GEST Final Seminar 2024

The 2024 GRÓ GEST cohort will present their final assignments in a full day seminar on 16 May. The seminar will take place at the University of Iceland, in room HT-101 in Háskólatorg / University Center, and will also be streamed.

NEW: Due to an unforeseen internet connection problem, it is not possible to livestream any sessions in the seminar after 1:30 pm UTC, i.e. sessions 5 and 6 and part of session 4. 

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Welcoming remarks: Margrét Ann Thors, Final Assignment Coordinator and Instructor, GRÓ GEST

9:00-09:45 • SESSION 1
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Period Poverty

Benjamin Wilson Blay

Period Poverty and its Effects on the Education of Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Ghana


Mihitha Basnayake
Sri Lanka

Towards Zero Period Poverty: Establishing a Sustainable Sanitary Napkin Production Facility in Sri Lanka


Radhika Modi

Queering the Margins of Menstruation in India: Making Trans and Non-binary Menstruators Matter

COFFEE BREAK: 10 minutes

9:55-10:55 • SESSION 2

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Gender, Sexuality and Pleasure

Enas Dajani

Pleasure Under Siege: The Effects of Colonialism, Religion, and Culture on Sexual Self-pleasure in Palestine


Dina AlMughrabi

Raising Community Awareness and Accountability for Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in Palestine


Sarmad Muhammad Soomar

Law versus Reality’: A Critical Analysis of Healthcare Provisions in Transgender Persons Act, Pakistan


Linus Odhiambo Ouma

Building Sustainable Access to Contraceptives and HIV: Interventions for AGYW Homabay County, Kenya

COFFEE BREAK: 10 minutes

11:05-12:05 • SESSION 3

Varney Teddy Wilson

Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights in Schools in Grand Cape Mount County, Republic of Liberia


Tawonga Kwangu Msowoya

What the Master’s Tools Cannot Do: Exploring a Decolonial Feminist Pedagogy of Women’s History Education in Malawi


Dorcus Asiimwe

Capacity Development Project on Gender Equality


Rajina Shrestha

Women's Self-Led Groups as Key to Furthering Gender Equality in STEM

LUNCH BREAK: 35 minutes

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12:40-13:40 • SESSION 4

Environment and Agriculture


Pathway to Equality: Empowering Women in Rural Madagascar. A Toolkit for an Inclusive Territorial Planning Scheme

David Melubo Kisotu 

Gender Inclusion and Conservation of Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya


Rukaya Issah

Successes and Failures of Gender Mainstreaming in the Fisheries Sector in Ghana


Innocent Uladi

PAMODZI CHITSOGOLO: “Together For a Future”

COFFEE BREAK: 10 minutes

13:50-14:50 • SESSION 5
Communications and Storytelling

Hameeda Syed

Gender Justice through Ethical Algorithms: An AI-driven digital support system for tackling online misogyny in India


Baleseng Faith Maeneche
South Africa

Two, Easy to Conquer: Questioning the Binaries of Sex, Gender and Sexuality Identities in S-African Online Advertising


Ibrahim Kadara

Storytelling as a Tool to Address Gender Issues in the Islamic Community of Yumbe District, Uganda



Masculinity and Gender-Based Violence in Rwanda: Reshaping Norms and Beliefs through Storytelling and Dialogue

COFFEE BREAK: 10 minutes

15:00-16:00 • SESSION 6
Culture, Mental Health, and Disability

Aklam Amanya

Bending them young; interrogating critical male involvement strategy for Gender Equality in Uganda


Ramatu Issah

Intersecting Forces: Religion, Culture, and Gender Dynamics in Child Marriage Amongst the Fulanis in Juapong, Ghana


Nina Gagić
Bosnia and Herzegovina

We are where we are: How rigid gender norms in Bosnia and Herzegovina affect the mental health of individuals


Elizabeth Mang'eni

“SAWAZISHA”: Breaking Barriers for Women with Disabilities in Kenya


CLOSING REMARKS: Prof. Irma Erlingsdóttir, Director GRÓ GEST