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  • Botswana: Botswana signs new SADC gender protocol
    27 april 2017 15:45:31
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has signed the revised Southern African Development Community (SADC) protocol on gender and development. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian president urged to consider gender sensitivity in governance
    11 april 2017 11:10:59
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Executive Director of the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies, Mrs. Hannah Foster, has called on Gambian president Adama Barrow to consider more gender sensitivity in governance. Full text...

  • UN: UN Commission agrees roadmap to women’s economic empowerment
    25 march 2017 14:06:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women on Friday agreed on a roadmap to women’s full and equal participation in the economy as a vital step to achieving sustainable development. Full text...

  • UN: UN disability rights committee opens with a call on gender issues
    20 march 2017 21:44:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN committee monitoring efforts to protect rights of persons with disabilities today opened its spring session today in Geneva with a call to pay special attention to gender issues. Full text...

  • UN: UN deputy chief tasks govts on women's empowerment policies
    19 march 2017 17:36:16
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed has urged governments to implement policies and programmes that will enhance women's empowerment and gender equality, in order to achieve sustainable development. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges gender parity rooted in women's empowerment
    18 march 2017 19:01:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Gender parity at political, cultural, economic and social level is a "central objective" and must be based on women's empowerment, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Saturday. Full text...

  • UN: 'Employers must address all aspects of gender-based violence in workplace'
    16 march 2017 21:12:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Tolerating violence against women in the workplace will have a huge cost to employers, including lost productivity, legal expenses, high turnover, sick leaves and harm to corporate reputation, panellists on Thursday said at a UN-hosted discussion in New York. Full text...

  • Zambia: NGOs urge President Lungu to discipline senior advisor Kaizar Zulu
    16 march 2017 15:27:06
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Non-Governmental Organisations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has joined hands with those demanding that Zambian President Edgar Lungu takes action against his Political Advisor, Kaizar Zulu, who reportedly attacked a female police officer after a scuffle with Confederation of African Football (CAF) officials during the CAF Under-20 AFCON final match at the Heroes Stadium, Lusaka, on Sunday. Full text...

  • UN: UN reports slow women's political parity
    15 march 2017 21:43:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Women’s voices are still missing from the executive branches of governments and parliaments worldwide, slowing achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN agency tasked with supporting gender equality (UN Women) said on Wednesday at the launch of a visual representation of women’s political empowerment. Full text...

  • UN: UN launches network to end global gender pay gap
    14 march 2017 20:03:21
    New York, US (PANA) - With women being paid an average of 23 per cent less than men, the UN has launched a high-profile network to call for equal pay for work of equal value. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials urge more men to stand up for women's empowerment
    14 march 2017 06:56:50
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has stressed the need for more men to support women's aspirations for leadership and to also stand up for gender equality and women empowerment. Full text...

  • Libya: Martin Kobler pays tribute to Libyan women
    09 march 2017 12:55:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – As part of celebrations in Libya marking the international women’s day, Mr. Martin Kobler, the special representative of the UN Secretary General and chief of the UN mission in Libya (UNSMIL), says Libyan women showed a lot of courage in playing key roles in the 2011 revolution in their country. Full text...

  • Gambia: Empowerment of women, a major priority - says GAMCOTRAP
    08 march 2017 19:05:21
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The empowerment of women has long been a major priority for women rights group, Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (GAMCOTRAP), Banjul area Head office, according to May Small, the acting executive director of the organization. Full text...

  • US: UN calls for women's full participation in labour force
    08 march 2017 13:43:55
    New York, US (PANA) - As the rights of women and girls around the world are being reduced and restricted, the United Nations on Wednesday marked International Women's Day with calls for empowering and educating women and girls to reach gender equality in the work place. Full text...

  • Italy: UN agencies say empowerment of rural women is fundamental for achieving 2030 Agenda
    08 march 2017 13:38:36
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Leaders from the three UN Rome-based agencies on Wednesday marked the International Women's Day by reinforcing their commitments to step up efforts to invest in the capacities of rural women as key agents of change in building a world without hunger. Full text...

  • UN: UN, AU launch report on women's struggle for human rights in Africa
    07 march 2017 19:42:20
    New York, US (PANA) - UN human rights office on Tuesday launched a joint report with the African Union (AU) and UN Women detailing the progress and challenges to women’s struggle for human rights in Africa. Full text...

  • Tanzania: African human rights court achieves gender parity
    06 march 2017 19:45:14
    Arusha, Tanzania (PANA) - Two new judges were sworn in on Monday at the Arusha, Tanzania-based African Court on Human and Peoples Rights, bringing the number of female judges to five at the continental court. Full text...

  • UN: UN-backed narcotics control body urges gender-sensitive drug policies
    02 march 2017 19:23:53
    New York, US (PANA) - Citing a significant rise over the past year in the number of women dying from drug overdoses globally, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), which monitors governments’ compliance with the UN international drug control treaties, on Thursday called for the implementation of gender-sensitive drug policies and programmes. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Threats to women's rights put fight against poverty at risk - Oxfam
    02 march 2017 10:23:35
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Women across the globe are facing new threats which risk dismantling decades of hard-won rights and derailing the effort to end extreme poverty, Oxfam warned on Thursday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to introduce bill geared at fostering gender equality
    28 february 2017 11:02:08
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare Minister Mrs Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo on Tuesday said a Gender Equality Bill will soon be introduced in Parliament aimed at promoting gender equality, help women realise their full potential and ensure their rightful place in society. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO underlines need for more women in engineering, computer science
    10 february 2017 19:10:12
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN report on Friday stressed the need for more women engineers and computer programmers to boost their participation in engineering and computer science around the world. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges more efforts to end female genital mutilation
    06 february 2017 14:38:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, on Monday said female genital mutilation denies women and girls their dignity and causes needless pain and suffering, with consequences that endure for a lifetime, stressing that the Sustainable Development Agenda promises an end to this practice by 2030. Full text...

  • US: Nigeria, Gambia ban female genital mutilation - UNFPA
    06 february 2017 14:02:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) has said that Nigeria and The Gambia are among the countries that have outlawed the harmful practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). Full text...

  • US: 'The world must make faster progress to end female genital mutilation by 2030' - UN officials
    06 february 2017 13:38:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Two top UN officials have said that the world must demand faster action and make faster progress to end female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) by 2030. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Gaps in gender planning, implementation in Uganda, Tanzania - Report
    31 january 2017 15:27:23
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A lot still needs to be done for gender transformation in national policies on agriculture and climate change in Uganda and Tanzania, a new report made available on Tuesday to PANA in Kigali has found. Full text...

  • US: 'World must implement pledges on women’s empowerment and rights'
    31 january 2017 07:07:56
    New York, US (PANA) - A senior United Nations official has called for sustained commitment and leadership to ensure a successful outcome of the Commission on Status of Women. Full text...

  • South Africa: UN Women and partners seek ways to close gender data gaps
    18 january 2017 09:28:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - With only 41 per cent of countries regularly producing data on violence against women and only 13 per cent of countries having a dedicated gender statistics budget, the first-ever United Nations World Data Forum in Cape Town, South Africa, has explored ways to close these data gaps. Full text...

  • Gambia: Sub-regional Women's Forum calls on Jammeh step down
    05 january 2017 14:14:14
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A sub-regional Women’s Forum on Thursday urged Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to step down peacefully and respect the "choice of the sovereign people of The Gambia" for his successor. Full text...

  • UN: UN, civil society in global campaigns to end violence against women
    12 december 2016 12:38:45
    New York, US (PANA) - A global effort to end violence against women is now underway following the beginning of 16 days of activism on 25 November with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against. Full text...

  • US: Women working for rights and equality face growing challenges - UN experts
    26 november 2016 05:40:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Women who step up to defend human rights are facing worsening obstacles amid a global trend of fundamentalism and populism, a group of United Nations experts has warned. Full text...

  • US: Violence against women ‘serious obstacle’ to sustainable development - Ban
    26 november 2016 04:45:58
    New York, US (PANA) - Underlining that violence against women and girls is not only a human rights violation but also a serious obstacle to sustainable development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for “meaningful” action to prevent and respond to such violence. Full text...

  • US: US government condemns violence against women, girls
    25 november 2016 16:08:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Friday reaffirmed its belief that gender-based violence is never acceptable, and women and girls have the right to live free from violence, noting that countries are stronger when homes, neighbourhoods, and communities are safe for everyone. Full text...

  • UN: UN experts say women face threat defending human rights
    25 november 2016 15:44:23
    New York, US (PANA) - A group of UN human rights experts on Friday said that women who step up to defend human rights are facing worsening obstacles amid a global trend of fundamentalism and populism. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Oxfam kick-starts global campaign to end violence against women, girls
    24 november 2016 12:44:12
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Gender inequality is both the cause and the consequence of violence against women and girls, said Oxfam on Thursday, as the agency launched a new global campaign called 'Enough: Together We Can End Violence Against Women and Girls' to stop one of the most prolific human rights violations. Full text...

  • UN: UN launches 16 days of activism to fight gender-based violence
    22 november 2016 15:32:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN, through its gender promotion agency, the UN Women, launched 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, which aims at generating funds to end violence against women and girls globally. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Rights group slams Sierra Leone's continued pregnancy ban in schools
    08 november 2016 16:15:37
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Amnesty International has said Sierra Leone must lift a deeply discriminatory ban on visibly pregnant girls attending school and taking exams, which continues to entrench gender inequality in the country and puts thousands of teenage girls’ future at risk. Full text...

  • US: Global economic gender equality gap widens - Report
    26 october 2016 15:36:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Economic Forum (WEF) 2016 Global Gender Gap Report said the world took a step back in terms of equality in economic participation and opportunity. Full text...

  • US: Women must have their ‘rightful place’ at the heart of building peace, security – Ban
    26 october 2016 06:11:27
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said the urgent drive to bring women into their rightful place at the heart of building peace and security “must never stop”. Full text...

  • UN: UN Forum to improve on reliable statistics on women, girls
    24 october 2016 15:25:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Global Forum on Gender Statistics, holding in Helsinki, Finland, this week, is looking at ways to improve data on women and girls to better inform gender policies and help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a UN statement said on Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges more efforts to tackle inequalities affecting girls
    11 october 2016 17:00:16
    New York, US (PANA) - Girls are the sometimes-hidden change-makers of the present and future, and to make sure their voices are heard, the UN on Tuesday marked the International Day of the Girl Child by calling on governments, civil society groups, and communities to provide more and better gender data so that no girls are left behind. Full text...

  • Senegal: 'One girl under-15 married every seven seconds' - says Save the Children
    11 october 2016 15:45:30
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - As the world marks the 11th International Day of the Girl Child, an international non-governmental organization that promotes children's rights, Save the Children, has revealed that one girl under-15 is married every seven seconds. Full text...

  • Malawi: UN Women Goodwill Ambassador spotlights efforts to end child marriage
    11 october 2016 05:52:34
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Thanks to growing implementation of a law passed last year, child marriage may soon be a relic of Malawi’s past. And on the eve of the International Day of the Girl Child, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson visited the country to celebrate the achievements of UN Women, the Malawian Government, local chiefs and girls who have returned to school after having their marriages annulled. Full text...

  • UN: Labour disparity perpetuates gender stereotypes, says UNICEF report
    08 october 2016 07:01:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of the International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Friday released a report warning that the worldwide disparity between unpaid household chores assumed by girls aged five through 14 as compared to their male counterparts, amounts to 40 per cent more time or 160 million more hours a day. Full text...

  • Kenya: EU supports new push for more women politicians in Kenya
    28 september 2016 18:32:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - European ambassadors accredited to Kenya on Wednesday met the country's Minister for Youth and Gender, Sicily Kariuki, to discuss ways of increasing the participation of women in politics. Full text...

  • UN: African First Ladies partner on sexual, reproductive health for young girls
    22 september 2016 11:53:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) is partnering with UN agencies, private sector, civil society and multilateral organizations on ways to improve access to sexual and reproductive health services and rights for young women and adolescent girls. Full text...

  • US: Bloomberg Philanthropies commits US$10 million to women’s economic development in Africa
    21 september 2016 16:46:29
    New York, US (PANA) - New York-based charitable organization, Bloomberg Philanthropies on Wednesday announced a US$10 million investment toward expanding the foundation’s women’s economic development programme in Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • UN: 'HeForShe' report urges gender equality in global universities
    20 september 2016 19:22:29
    New York, US (PANA) - At the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly on Tuesday in New York, UN Women unveiled the first-ever "HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 University Parity Report", in which 10 leading global universities lay out concrete commitments to chart progress toward achieving gender parity. Full text...

  • UN: African leaders, UN agencies to utilise women's potential for economic growth
    11 september 2016 17:39:46
    New York, US (PANA) - African leaders and partners are determined to broaden investments on the African continent by utilising the potential of women and young people to achieve the vision, a statement from the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said on Sunday. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges more women participation in Somalia's political process
    06 september 2016 15:07:53
    New York, US (PANA) - UN envoy in Somalia, Michael Keating has vowed to press for the full participation of Somali women in the 2016 electoral process following a meeting with prominent women leaders headed by Federal Minister of Women and Human Rights Development, Ms. Zahra Samatar. Full text...

  • Tanzania: IMF study sheds light on fiscal policies to tackle gender inequality
    28 july 2016 16:02:26
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Gender inequality in economic opportunities persists worldwide, according to a new study released Thursday by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which found eliminating gender inequality can lead to faster economic growth, a higher quality of life, and women’s economic and political empowerment. Full text...

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