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  • Côte d'Ivoire: Ivorians set up National Equity and Gender Commission
    18 december 2014 12:43:09
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) – A National Equity and Gender Commission (ONEG) has been established in Côte d'Ivoire, tasked to monitor, evaluate and make proposals in line with the promotion of gender equality. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU to punish peacekeepers involved in sexual violence
    17 december 2014 15:18:28
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union (AU) Special Envoy for Women and Peace, Benita Diop, has launched a bid to effectively protect women in conflict zones by proposing a series of strict measures to punish sexual offenders. Full text...

  • UN: ICC launches policy on sexual gender-based crimes
    09 december 2014 19:07:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms. Fatou Bensouda has launched a Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes, stressing the need to end impunity for such egregious crimes. Full text...

  • UN: UN expert calls for legally binding global standard to end violence against women
    03 december 2014 22:50:11
    New York, US (PANA) - More than half-way through an international campaign to end violence against women, a top UN expert on the issue is calling for a binding international legal standard that holds UN member states accountable in fighting this widespread human rights violation. Full text...

  • Kenya: Govt launches gender policy, 16 days of activism against violence in Kenya
    26 november 2014 17:27:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta launched a new plan Wednesday to battle gender inequalities by promoting women’s rights to key government services and protection from harm. Full text...

  • UN: UN stresses need to end violence against women globally
    25 november 2014 20:18:44
    New York, US (PANA) - Violence against women and girls is a global pandemic that destroys lives, fractures communities and holds back development, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said as the UN on Tuesday marked the International Day to End Violence against Women. Full text...

  • Tanzania:Violence against women is an affront to human dignity (Viewpoint By Donald Kaberuka, President, Africa Development Bank)
    25 november 2014 07:55:49
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Idah Chilufya is a cross-border trader in the Great Lakes region. She is a fifty-year-old widow with four children. Full text...

  • UN: UN kicks up campaign to end violence against women
    24 november 2014 20:23:56
    New York, US (PANA) - On Monday night, for the first time ever, both the iconic Empire State building and UN headquarters in New York will be bathed in orange light in celebration of UN-Women’s "Orange YOUR Neighbourhood" campaign ahead of the International Day to End Violence Against Women. Full text...

  • UN: UN/AU mission in Darfur promotes role of women in peace processes
    23 november 2014 15:41:26
    New York, US (PANA) - As it continues its investigations into the mass rape of 200 women and Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ministers discuss Beijing 20 amid five-fold rise in gender violence
    19 november 2014 15:10:50
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African ministers of gender met here Wednesday to review the progress in achieving the broad goals set in 1995 in Beijing to improve the welfare of women, amid a surprising rise in gender violence against women. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Women decry marginal gains in economic empowerment since Beijing
    17 november 2014 14:43:53
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - At a meeting to review two decades of progress since the launch of the Beijing Plan of Action, women have decried the marginal gains in ensuring equal participation of women in economic activity. Full text...

  • UN: Countries urged to eliminate harmful practices on women and girls
    05 november 2014 19:11:36
    New York, US (PANA) - Governments around the world are being urged by two UN human rights committees to prevent and eliminate harmful practices inflicted on women and girls, a UN statement said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNHCR welcomes new General Recommendation on refugee, stateless women
    05 november 2014 16:39:28
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The UN refugee agency has welcomed a new set of international guidelines, adopted Wednesday by the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, calling for countries to adopt a more gender-sensitive approach to dealing with women refugees, asylum-seekers and stateless people in order to take account of the abuses they frequently suffer. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council reaffirms importance of women to global peace, security
    28 october 2014 21:33:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Tuesday stressed the need for the international community to fully endorse women’s empowerment and gender equality in ensuring global peace, security and development. Full text...

  • UN: Hundreds of parliamentarians to address violence against women
    13 october 2014 15:16:28
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 700 members of parliament from around the world are expected to discuss how they can address violence against women and girls at the UN office in Geneva this week. Full text...

  • UN: 'Nearly one in four adolescent girls experience physical violence'
    12 october 2014 21:24:36
    New York, US (PANA) - Almost one quarter of girls, aged between 15 and 19 worldwide, are victims of some form of physical violence, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Full text...

  • DR Congo: Minister sees wide gap in education of girls, boys in DRC
    12 october 2014 15:04:34
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – Uneducated young girls by far outnumber young boys to the ratio of 7 to 1 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gender, Family and Children's Affairs Minister Geneviève Inagosi said Saturday as the country marked the International Day of the Girl Child. Full text...

  • Congo: Minister urges promotion of girls’ education in Congo
    12 october 2014 10:31:21
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Congo's Minister for Women Promotion and Integration in Development, Catherine Embondza Lipiti has appealed to different stakeholders in the country to promote and protect the rights of girls, particularly with regard to education. Full text...

  • Tanzania: International NGOs urge investment in adolescent girls' rights
    11 october 2014 12:12:21
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - World leaders entering the next round of negotiations on the post-2015 agenda have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the lives of adolescent girls, and in turn, the world, according to a Girl Declaration Joint Advocacy Group statement issued on Saturday by international non-governmental organisations to mark this year's International Day of the Girl Child. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Equality Now renews call for Nigerian Chibok schoolgirls rescue
    10 october 2014 14:54:14
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - On the eve of the International Day of the Girl Child, observed 11 October, a global movement advocating for girls' and women's rights, Equality Now, has renewed the 'BringBackOurGirls' call for the rescue of 219 schoolgirls abducted six months ago by Boko Haram insurgents from a dormitory in Chibok, northern Nigeria. Full text...

  • Gambia: 'Ending FGM is incredibly urgent'
    09 october 2014 07:24:45
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Coordinator of the Girl Generation of United Kingdom and Kenya Keli Kpognon has said it is ''incredibly urgent'' for the world to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Full text...

  • Tunisia: 'Most Tunisian women are on contraceptives'
    27 september 2014 12:53:28
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The rate of Tunisian women using contraceptives and involved in family planning is estimated at 62.5% of the female population in the north African country, says the managing director of the Tunisian national family and population office, Ridha Alkâata. Full text...

  • US: UN launches global gender solidarity campaign
    21 september 2014 16:17:38
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson have launched a global gender movement, with strong calls on men and boys worldwide to raise their voices for gender equality today and women's empowerment. Full text...

  • US: Women leaders gather in Washington DC to promote peace, security
    09 september 2014 08:40:28
    New York, US (PANA) - Women leaders from government ministries, security sectors and civil society organisations have begun a 19-day programme in Washington, DC, US, to explore how women can advocate for peace, promote stability and improve security conditions in their communities, a US State Department statement said. Full text...

  • UN: Officias highlight women's role in peacebuilding
    03 september 2014 22:40:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The Chair of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), Mr. Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, says women are crucial partners in peacebuilding and must be guaranteed the safe political space, including a seat at the negotiating table to participate in all steps of post-conflict reconciliation and recovery processes. Full text...

  • Gambia: UNFPA supports Gambia to eliminate harmful traditional practices
    21 august 2014 20:40:00
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in collaboration with the Gambia government, is assisting the West African state to eliminate harmful traditional practices. Full text...

  • US: US announces new assistance to advance gender equality in Africa
    04 august 2014 22:06:50
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - The US on Monday announced new assistance to advance gender equality in Africa, saying that long-term development will only be possible when women and men enjoy equal opportunity to rise to their full potential. Full text...

  • UN: 'New data shows need for urgent action to end FMG, child marriage'
    22 july 2014 18:16:12
    New York, US (PANA) - New data released on Tuesday by UNICEF shows the need for urgent action to end female genital mutilation and child marriage, two practices that affect millions of girls across the globe. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopia records drastic FGM decline, vows full elimination by 2025
    22 july 2014 15:15:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The number of Ethiopian girls undergoing the retrogressive cultural practice of female circumcision and early marriages has dropped by half and authorities hope to completely diminish the trend within 10 years, senior government officials said in London on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mali: Govt. launches new policy to protect children
    21 july 2014 16:36:01
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian government will launch a national policy for the promotion and protection of children in Mali under its five-year (2015-2019) action plan which implementation will cost 27.812 billion CFA francs, PANA learnt Monday from the Malian ministry in charge of children. Full text...

  • Congo: About 73% of girls complete primary education in urban areas
    25 june 2014 21:33:25
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – About 73% of girls complete their primary education in urban areas in Congo, says a report by the World Bank on gender equality in education and employment in Congo made public on Wednesday in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • UN: Official urges strong action to protect women, girls in CAR
    25 june 2014 07:48:48
    New York, US (PANA) - Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has urged the UN Security Council to take strong action to help restore the rule of law in Central African Republic (CAR) and bolster women’s participation, leadership and protection. Full text...

  • Senegal: Workshop to build capacity of journalists on gender issues opens
    24 june 2014 18:03:08
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A workshop aimed at building capacity of journalists on gender issues began on Tuesday in Dakar to promote the inclusion of gender dimensions in the Senegalese media. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Cameroon to develop framework to tackle problems of widows
    23 june 2014 22:52:54
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - Cameroon's Minister of Women's Empowerment and Family, Marie-Thérèse Abena Ondoa, has urged other ministries to be involved in the search for solutions to improve the lives of widows. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: IPPF holds forum on sexual violence
    10 june 2014 20:33:45
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) will on Wednesday hold a forum in London to discuss solutions to sexual violence and gender equality, on the sidelines of the world summit that began on Tuesday on sexual violence in countries in conflicts. Full text...

  • UN: US actress Angelina Jolie calls for end to sexual violence in conflict
    10 june 2014 19:54:25
    New York, US (PANA) - Hollywood actress, activist and Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Ms. Angelina Jolie on Tuesday called for concerted action to end once and for all the use of rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war. Full text...

  • Kenya: Govts urged to curb gender violence
    10 june 2014 11:37:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - World leaders must take concrete action to end sexual and gender-based violence in conflict during a landmark summit this week hosted by UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie and UK Foreign Minister William Hague, Amnesty International has said. Full text...

  • US: UN partners private sector to advance women’s rights
    03 june 2014 18:14:06
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN has teamed up with leading businesses to advance women’s Full text...

  • UN: Ban calls for more action to end sexual violence
    03 june 2014 18:09:26
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Tuesday in New York said that it is time to demand action to eliminate sexual violence that harms millions of women and girls around the world. Full text...

  • Zambia: Women’s lobby group commends President Zuma on cabinet gender balance
    28 may 2014 17:53:24
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Zambia National Women’s Lobby (ZNWL) has applauded South African President Jacob Zuma’s appointment of 15 women into his 35 member cabinet. Full text...

  • Sudan: Calls mount to free convicted pregnant woman
    23 may 2014 16:36:38
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Lawyers have confirmed to Amnesty International that an appeal has been lodged against the conviction of a pregnant Sudanese Christian woman, who has been sentenced to death for her religious choice and to 100 lashes for ‘adultery’, the global human rights watchdog said in a press statement Friday. Full text...

  • US: UN Women launches campaign to commemorate Beijing Declaration
    23 may 2014 07:15:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN entity tasked with promoting gender equality (UN Women) has launched a year-long, worldwide commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Platform created to assist women on sustainable development, food security
    19 may 2014 17:51:44
    Ebène, Mauritius (PANA) – A "Women, Sustainable Development and Food Security” Platform has been launched in Seychelles to support women at the level of the environment, climate change, agriculture and food security, PANA learnt Monday from official sources at the seat of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) at Ebène, in Mauritius. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Equality Now asks Mozambican parliament to reject discriminatory bill
    15 may 2014 08:52:35
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - International women’s rights organisation Equality Now and partner groups Thursday called on Mozambique’s parliament to reject discriminatory provisions in the draft penal code that would foster a culture of violence and discrimination if passed as written. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Gendarmerie to be opened to girls in 2015
    14 may 2014 21:23:56
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Ivorian government on Wednesday decided to admit girls to the Gendarmerie from 2015-2016 academic year. Full text...

  • UN: ILO says 830 million women workers lack protection
    14 may 2014 19:56:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN International Labour Organisation (ILO) says about 830 million women workers still do not have adequate protection, despite progress in maternity benefits and a positive trend in supporting new fathers. Full text...

  • UN: Committee on Women Rights urges release of abducted Nigerian school girls
    14 may 2014 19:22:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN expert committee tasked with monitoring discrimination against women on Wednesday added its voice to the chorus of condemnation of the abduction of over 200 girls from their school in north-eastern Nigeria and called for their immediate release. Full text...

  • Guinea: Women parliamentarians to struggle against inequalities in Guinea
    13 may 2014 17:55:38
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – A forum of 24 women parliamentarians from both the ruling and opposition parties has been created in Guinea to enable them challenge the existing inequalities in Parliament and government, Dr. Zalikatou Diallo, General Secretary of the forum, told PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Women's group condemns girls' abduction in Nigeria
    09 may 2014 09:46:17
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Banjul-based women rights group Gambia Committee on Harmful Traditional Practices (Gamcotrap) has raised concerns over the fate of the school girls who were abducted in Nigeria over three weeks ago. Full text...

  • Mali: Authorities tasked on reduction of maternal, neonatal, child mortality
    08 may 2014 16:52:25
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The President of the Children's Parliament in Mali, Lala Wangara, on Wednesday called on the Malian authorities to help significantly reduce maternal, neonatal and child mortality in the country. Full text...

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