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  • 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...

  • Gambia: First female Governor appointed in the Gambia
    07 may 2014 18:22:11
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia has appointed its first female governor, Mrs, Aminta Sifai Hydara, who heads the West Coast Region, official sources confirmed to PANA Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: World’s women judges ponder over equal access to justice
    05 may 2014 17:32:31
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Poverty is the biggest hindrance to any effort intended to ensure equal access to justice, particularly in developing countries, Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, said Monday at a gathering of women legal luminaries from all over the world. Full text...

  • Nigeria/ECOWAS: Gender training workshop opens in Abuja
    29 april 2014 12:46:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A three-day National Gender Training Workshop opened in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, Tuesday with a consensus by participants that the West African sub-region would gain more if women are properly mainstreamed into governance and decision making. Full text...

  • 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...

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