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  • Mauritius: Encouraging responsible media reporting of Gender-Based Violence
    09 april 2014 18:36:22
    Réduit, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare Ministry on Wednesday organized a capacity-building programme to empower students of Journalism, Communications and Media Studies from the University of Mauritius on responsible reporting of Gender-Based Violence (GBV). Full text...

  • Zambia: Re-entry policy for pregnant school girls triggers debate in Zambia (News analysis by Mildred Mulenga, PANA Correspondent)
    06 april 2014 08:36:20
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The re-entry policy introduced by the Zambian government to allow pregnant school girls complete their education is becoming a controversial issue here as statistics of girls getting pregnant after re-entry into school is rising. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Meeting on female entrepreneurship scheduled for Abidjan
    25 march 2014 15:44:31
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The first edition of the Days of Female Entrepreneurship of the Ivorian section of the African Women's Entrepreneurship Programme (AWEP-CI) will be held from 27-28 March in Abidjan, the Ivorian capital, PANA reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria, EU promote women engagement in peace moves in Northern Nigeria
    24 march 2014 18:52:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian government and the European Union (EU) Monday signed a 10 million Euro sponsorship agreement to promote women's engagement in peace and security in the Boko Haram enclave in Northern Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN: Official hails outcome of forum on empowering women, girls
    22 march 2014 20:05:15
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), on Saturday welcomed the outcome of a two-week meeting in New York which put the empowerment of women and girls at its centre stage. Full text...

  • Zambia: CSO to partner with Zambia to end child marriages
    18 march 2014 11:22:40
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - A London-based global consortium of civil society organisations will partner with the Zambian government to advocate and mobilise resources to combat child marriages. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO chief urges global efforts on girls' education
    17 march 2014 19:33:14
    New York, US (PANA) - The head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Ms. Irina Bokova, on Monday called on governments, the private sector and civil society to scale up efforts to provide quality education for girls, stressing the transformative benefits this has for all of society. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Int'l rights body urges Sudan to allow gang-raped woman access to justice
    14 march 2014 17:14:19
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – An Ethiopian woman, gang-raped in August 2013 by a group of seven men in Sudan and later sentenced to one month in prison after she was found guilty of committing indecent acts, now faces possible deportation and charges under legal provisions that deal with adultery, women’s rights group Equality Now said Friday. Full text...

  • UN: Experts call for engaging men, boys as partners for gender equality
    13 march 2014 16:29:31
    New York, US (PANA) - A panel of experts said gender equality is not just a concern for women and girls, stressing the need to engage men and boys as allies and agents of change in this global struggle. Full text...

  • UN: Commission on Women opens annual session in New York
    11 march 2014 17:59:38
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 6,000 registered representatives of the 193 UN member states, UN agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have gathered in New York to discuss the challenges and achievements in the implementation of the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ahead of the 2015 deadline. Full text...

  • Zambia: Pres. Sata seeks tougher battle against gender based violence
    10 march 2014 14:24:18
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian President Michael Sata has said there is need for the country’s criminal justice system to be equal to the task of fighting Gender Based Violence (GBV) to ensure citizens enjoy their freedoms and rights. Full text...

  • UN: Ban asks men to 'stand up' for women's rights
    07 march 2014 20:45:18
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of the International Women’s Day, the UN on Friday launched the "He for She" campaign urging men to stand up for the rights of their mothers, sisters and daughters, noting that human rights for girls and women are not a dream but a duty of all. Full text...

  • Zambia: Auditor General’s revelations at Gender Ministry sadden NGOCC
    04 march 2014 15:35:27
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Non-Governmental Organisations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) is disappointed with the misapplication and abuse of resources at the Ministry of Gender and Child Development as reported in the 2012 Auditor General’s report. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: 'Catholic church blocks opening of hospital for FGM victims'
    04 march 2014 14:56:01
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - An international non-profit organization, Clitoraid, has alleged that pressure from the Catholic Church and other detractors of the International Raelian Movement (IRM) forced the Burkinabe government to block the 7 March opening of its clitoral repair hospital. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ruling ANC refuses to address Uganda’s Gay Bill
    25 february 2014 16:38:19
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday blocked a motion in Parliament condemning the Anti-Homosexuality Bill signed into law by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. Full text...

  • Libya: Gaddafi rape victims to be compensated
    20 february 2014 12:44:55
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Women who were raped during Libya's 2011 uprising that toppled long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi should be recognised as war victims, the cabinet has said in a decree. Full text...

  • US: UN experts urge Kenya to repeal discriminatory marriage property act
    18 february 2014 08:22:23
    New York, US (PANA) - UN human rights experts have urged Kenya to repeal sections of its Marriage and Property Act which effectively strip women of marital property upon divorce or death of their spouse, unless they can prove they made a contribution to the acquisition of the property during their marriage. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UN chief challenges broadcasters to promote gender equality
    13 february 2014 14:46:40
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Thursday called on radio broadcasters everywhere to promote the voice of women and to enhance their role within broadcast organisations. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritians to march against gender-based violence
    13 february 2014 08:34:27
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare Minister Mireille Martin announced Thursday that a protest march would be held in the nation's capital, Port Louis, next Wednesday ''to say an unequivocal NO to violence'' and to advocate for peace in the society. Full text...

  • UN: Human rights chief wants gender quality included in post-2015 agenda
    10 february 2014 22:29:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navi Pillay on Monday called for gender equality to be fully integrated into the post-2015 development agenda. Full text...

  • Benin: Workshop on women empowerment holds in Benin
    10 february 2014 17:29:14
    Cotonou, Bénin (PANA) - A three-day workshop, designed to give women more roles in Benin politics and other spheres of life, will begin Tuesday in Cotonou, the capital, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Cote d’Ivoire: High prevalence rate of female genital mutilation deplored
    07 february 2014 14:23:32
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Ivorian Solidarity, Family, Women and Child Minister, Anne Désirée Ouloto, on Thursday deplored the high rate of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Cote d'Ivoire, PANA has reported from here. Full text...

  • US: UN officials call for end to female genital mutilation
    06 february 2014 17:16:57
    New York, US (PANA) - UN officials on Thursday called for a complete end to genital Full text...

  • US: Ban pledges UN commitment to advance gender equality
    05 february 2014 22:24:12
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday pledged to root for women everywhere, while stressing the need for the UN and its partners to lay the groundwork to enable all women to enjoy their rights and be empowered. Full text...

  • Mali: Female genital mutilation rising in Mali
    05 february 2014 19:35:37
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The rate of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Malian women, aged between 15 and 49 years, has reached 85% and 84% for girls under 14 years, the Malian Family Women and Child Promotion Ministry revealed this here at a conference organised Wednesday ahead of the International Day of Struggle against Excision. Full text...

  • UN: Ban calls for more investment in girls in developing countries
    23 january 2014 19:30:25
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday called for more investment to release the potential of over half a billion adolescent girls in developing countries, who are currently held back by poverty, discrimination and violence. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Senegal learns from Rwanda's efforts to combat gender violence
    15 january 2014 12:07:05
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A nine-member Senegalese delegation has wrapped up a two-day visit to Rwanda to study the progress made by the country in the fight against gender-based violence, PANA learnt from official sources here Wednesday Full text...

  • Nigeria: President orders probe after woman loses pregnancy to assault by Lebanese boss
    27 december 2013 10:43:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered a probe into the case of a 34-year-old woman, Mrs. Alexandra Ossai, who lost her seven-month pregnancy after she was allegedly kicked in the stomach by her Lebanese boss, the private Punch newspaper reported Friday. Full text...

  • Gambian gets new law against domestic violence
    18 december 2013 16:40:03
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambian MPs Tuesday passed a new law against domestic violence that seeks to tackle the problem in the country and bring perpetrators to justice, the pro-government Daily Observer newspaper has reported. Full text...

  • UN official tasks govt, partners on gender issues, development
    04 december 2013 21:45:54
    New York, US (PANA) – Ms. Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), on Wednesday said despite significant progress in meeting international development goals for women’s empowerment, gaps in key areas remain. Full text...

  • Ban urges people to say no to violence against women
    25 november 2013 15:27:18
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called on people to wear the colour orange to mark the International Day to End Violence against Women, which is marked on 25 November. Full text...

  • Violence against women is violence against all - AfDB President
    25 november 2013 09:50:39
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Violence against women is violence against all, according to African Development Bank (AfDB) President Donald Kaberuka. Full text...

  • UN Trust Fund to end violence against women grants $US8 million for projects
    22 november 2013 22:19:27
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) on Friday announced US$8 million in grants to 17 initiatives in 18 countries and territories. Full text...

  • UNAIDS urges end to gender-based violence to reduce risk of HIV infection
    22 november 2013 15:53:08
    New York, US (PANA) – The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) on Friday called for an end to gender-based violence, which is said was not only a serious human rights violation but also increases the risk of HIV infection. Full text...

  • UN official urges more women officers in peacekeeping operations
    22 november 2013 08:29:58
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Police Adviser Stefan Feller has stressed the need to increase the number of women officers in UN peacekeeping missions for success in fulfilling their mandates. Full text...

  • UNAMID wants more women involved in Sudan's local administration
    13 november 2013 17:23:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations/African Union Hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID) has tasked traditionally male-dominated communities to involve women in local administration, saying less than 1 percent of women are involved in such processes. Full text...

  • Sudan urged to stop threatening women with flogging
    07 november 2013 07:35:26
    New York, US (PANA) - Two UN independent experts on Thursday called on Sudan to desist from threatening women with flogging, saying stressing the practice amounts to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment that goes against international law. Full text...

  • UN report calls for empowering women in natural resource management
    06 november 2013 15:52:49
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said ensuring that women have better access to and control of natural resources such as land, water, forests and minerals can improve the chances of long-term peace and recovery Full text...

  • Dlamini Zuma seeks full engagement of women in Mali’s national dialogue
    05 november 2013 12:10:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has praised the resilience and courage of the women in Mali under very difficult conditions, as their country emerges from a trying moment in its history. Full text...

  • UN Committee urges Djibouti to curb violence against women
    01 november 2013 07:42:27
    New York, US (PANA) - The Geneva-based UN Human Rights Committee has urged the government of Djibouti to effectively enforce laws aimed at protecting women from violence. Full text...

  • Mauritanian NGOs slam under representation of women for local polls
    24 october 2013 19:33:06
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Women-dominated Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Mauritania on Thursday said there was a glaring under representation of women in the country's electoral process as voters prepare for the 23 Nov.-7 Dec. legislative and municipal polls. Full text...

  • UN rights body adopts landmark text on women's rights in conflicts
    23 october 2013 16:22:02
    New York, US (PANA) – A key UN human rights body has provided authoritative guidance to countries that have ratified the women’s rights convention on measures they need to take to ensure that women’s rights are protected before, during and after conflicts. Full text...

  • US embassy to hold workshop for Ivorian businesswomen Thursday
    23 october 2013 13:53:41
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – The United States embassy in Cote d’Ivoire will organize a two-day workshop to reinforce the capacities of Ivoirian businesswomen, diplomatic sources told PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN Security Council tasks nations on women's role in peace process
    18 october 2013 22:49:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Friday issued a strong call on the international community to strengthen its commitment to ensuring that women play a more prominent role in conflict prevention, resolution and in post-war peace building. Full text...

  • Dafurian women discuss Doha peace document
    09 october 2013 17:19:16
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Some 40 women representatives of civil society organizations from North Darfur have met in Fashir where they discussed ways of realizing peace and implementing the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), signed in the Qatari capital of Doha on 14 July, 2010. Full text...

  • AU set to eliminate sexual violence in Africa
    07 october 2013 06:53:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Determined to lay the foundation for strategic measures for prevention and response to sexual violence in Africa, the African Union (AU) is convening a three-day high-level consultation of experts here this week to work out a framework of action to allow victims to access justice and end impunity. Full text...

  • Women’s empowerment crucial for post-conflict recovery, peacebuilding – UN
    26 september 2013 20:16:03
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Commission, Ms. Judy Cheng-Hopkins, on Thursday said women play a vital role as countries recover from conflict and seek to build lasting peace. Full text...

  • WB report says many societies gradually moving to dismantle gender discrimination
    24 september 2013 11:27:22
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A new World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC) report has found that legal and regulatory barriers to women’s economic inclusion have decreased globally over the past 50 years, but many laws still hinder women’s participation in the economy. Full text...

  • 'Girls’ education priority to combat poverty, boost development'
    13 september 2013 08:51:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equity and Full text...

  • Mauritian women get political training
    26 august 2013 12:06:35
    Quatre-Bornes, Mauritius (PANA) - At least 300 women would have been trained in politics by the end of 2013 under a programme aimed at politically empowering women in Mauritius, PANA reported from here Monday. Full text...

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