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  • 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...

  • UN: NGO disappointed with Security Council on UN top job selection
    26 july 2016 17:27:44
    New York, US (PANA) - A New York-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) has expressed dismay with the result of the first straw poll by the UN Security Council on the 12 candidates vying for the UN Secretary-General position. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges more investment in teenage girls
    11 july 2016 15:40:54
    New York, US (PANA) - Leaders and communities must focus on and stand up for the rights of teenage girls, particularly those who are poor, out of school, exploited, or subjected to harmful traditional practices, the UN said on Monday as it marks World Population Day. Full text...

  • Senegal: ECOWAS expresses commitment towards women's participation in democratic process
    23 june 2016 17:21:31
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission Thursday reiterated its commitment to the promotion of the participation of women and their fair representation in the democratic process and governance in West Africa. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Southern African countries urged to adopt strong post-2015 gender agenda
    22 june 2016 18:13:16
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance has called on gender ministers gathering in Gaborone, Botswana, on Thursday, to adopt the strongest possible Post-2015 gender agenda for the region. Full text...

  • UN: Ban says era of impunity for sexual violence is over
    19 june 2016 16:28:07
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the first International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday said that the era of impunity for sexual violence as a tool of war is over.Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council stress relevance of women in conflict prevention
    16 june 2016 06:06:54
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council says despite commitments of the international community, inconsistent levels of political will, resourcing, accountability and gender expertise often hinder the full and meaningful inclusion of women in efforts to prevent conflict.Full text...

  • UN: American actress to promote workplace gender equality
    15 june 2016 21:25:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN entity tasked with promoting gender equality (UN-Women) on Wednesday appointed American Academy Award-winning actress, Ms. Anne Hathaway as global Goodwill Ambassador to promote gender equality in workplace.Full text...

  • UN: 'Empowering women, girls key to ending AIDS epidemic'
    24 may 2016 15:58:07
    New York, US (PANA) - Delegates to the 69th session of the World Health Assembly, taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, have urged countries to end gender inequity in the response to HIV by putting women and adolescent girls on the Fast-Track to ending the AIDS epidemic. Full text...

  • US: UNFPA unveils 10 things to know about women & the world’s humanitarian crises
    23 may 2016 13:32:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The world is currently facing its worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, due to conflicts, persecutions and natural disasters intensified by climate change. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to host Women’s Forum Global Meeting in June 2016
    20 may 2016 13:24:42
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius will on 20-21 June host the Women’s Forum Global Meeting, a platform for highly influential women and men to reflect upon and share ideas and views on the crucial need to transform economies and societies across the world. Full text...

  • UN: 'Young women, adolescent girls crucial to ending the AIDS epidemic'
    16 may 2016 18:31:24
    New York, US (PANA) - At the Women Deliver youth conference, taking place in Full text...

  • UN: UN to enforce zero tolerance policy on sexual exploitation, abuse
    14 may 2016 06:54:26
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General's Chef de Cabinet, Edmond Mulet, late on Friday in New York, reaffirmed the UN’s determination to tackle the allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers, head on and said that such violations, if verified, would trigger a decision by UN chief to repatriate the units in question. Full text...

  • Botswana: Education minister condemns girl child abuse
    11 may 2016 09:09:52
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s education minister Unity Dow has expressed concern about the continued sexual abuse of young girls.Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritian parliament votes to further promote women's empowerment
    04 may 2016 09:23:24
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Parliament on Tuesday voted in favour of the National Women’s Council Bill which, according to the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Marie-Aurore Perraud, will further promote women's empowerment. Full text...

  • UN: ITU stresses need to promote technology careers for women
    28 april 2016 22:58:21
    New York, US (PANA) - On Girls in ICT Day marked annually on the fourth Thursday in April, Full text...

  • Sudan: US diplomat calls for law enforcement to empower women in Sudan
    26 april 2016 16:30:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - US Ambassador at large for global women issues Catherine Russells has called on the government of Sudan to implement the strong laws it created for the betterment of women, saying that was the only way for the country to go forward. Full text...

  • UN: UN report reveals rise in female genital mutilation in Guinea
    25 april 2016 21:12:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite being forbidden by national and international Full text...

  • Togo: UNDP supports creation of women's entrepreneurial centre in Lomé
    12 april 2016 19:54:02
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - A centre for promotion of competitive female entrepreneurship "INNOV'UP" will be inaugurated on Wednesday in Lomé in the presence of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Africa Bureau Director, March Abdoulaye Dieye, it was officially announced here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian women's umbrella body wants different dates for elections, referendum
    08 april 2016 18:06:46
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia's forthcoming general elections and referendum on the national constitution should be held on different dates, the Non-Governmental Organizations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) said Friday after a meeting with President Edgar Lungu. Full text...

  • US: UN Women chief urges greater input, visibility of women in peacebuilding
    29 march 2016 06:30:23
    New York, UN (PANA) - Emphasizing the consistent, dependable and universal commitment of women to conflict prevention, the head of UN Women on Monday called for greater efforts to reach the goal of allocating at least 15 per cent of peacebuilding resources to gender equality and women's empowerment. Full text...

  • US: US honours 14 Women of Courage
    28 march 2016 15:48:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Fourteen women, including three from Africa, will be presented with the 2016 US Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award, a statement from the US State Department said on Monday.Full text...

  • UN: Three women jostle for UN Secretary-Secretary position
    24 march 2016 15:40:56
    New York, US (PANA) - As the race for the new UN Secretary-General hots up, three women are jostling to occupy the position after current Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s term ends in December 2016, PANA reports. Full text...

  • Zambia: Women group applauds appointment of woman as parliamentary president
    24 march 2016 15:05:57
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Women for Change (WfC) has congratulated Zambian Gender Minister, Prof. Nkandu Luo, on her new appointment as President of the Women Parliamentary Caucus under the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU). Full text...

  • US: UN Women launches media partnership to bring gender equality to newsrooms
    23 march 2016 07:20:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations entity tasked with promoting gender equality launched an innovative partnership with leading media houses on Tuesday to galvanize attention and concrete action towards women's rights within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • UN: Canada renews commitment to promoting gender equality globally
    18 march 2016 15:58:16
    New York, US (PANA) - Canada on Friday renewed its commitment to promote gender equality and women empowerment globally to enhance sustainable growth and development. Full text...

  • US: UN officials call for concrete commitments on gender equality
    18 march 2016 06:11:43
    New York, US (PANA) - Top United Nations officials have called on leaders to attend the World Humanitarian Summit in May and make concrete commitments to enhance gender equality, as women and girls are “central” to humanitarian action.Full text...

  • US: World urged to build global movement for gender equality
    17 march 2016 06:25:54
    New York, US (PANA) - During a conversation on how to achieve gender equality on the sidelines of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the Prime Minister of Canada and the head of UN Women – the United Nations entity tasked with promoting gender rights – highlighted that the movement needs to involve everyone in society, not just women. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief receives "Delivering for Girls and Women" Award
    15 march 2016 19:05:13
    New York, US (PANA) - On the occasion of the Commission on the Status of Women's Full text...

  • UN: Full equality for women everywhere can be achieved - Ban
    14 march 2016 20:19:47
    New York, US (PANA) - At the opening of the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, United Nations officials on Monday highlighted the progress made in achieving gender equality, while calling on the world to do much more to fight for women and girls’ rights. Full text...

  • UN: Education and reproductive health for girls key to sustainable development – UN
    13 march 2016 05:08:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Investing in adolescent girls – especially in their education and reproductive health and rights – will ensure sustainable development for all, according to United Nations officials, government representatives, experts and young women who gathered at an event at UN Headquarters at the weekend. Full text...

  • US: UN forum to focus on women’s empowerment, sustainable devt
    11 march 2016 06:23:48
    New York, US (PANA) - Advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, will be the focus of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which begins its 60th session in New York next week. Full text...

  • Nigeria: International NGO unveils plan to empower women as agents of change
    10 march 2016 13:33:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Toguna Peace and Development Foundation, an international NGO, and its partners have unveiled a programme for peace and the empowerment of women to optimize their capacity as nation builders and agents of development. Full text...

  • Gambia: Women have a critical role to play - VP
    09 march 2016 08:33:41
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Women have a critical role to play in the attainment of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include the recognition of girls and women’s equality and empowerment and their wellbeing, Vice President Dr Isatou Njie-Saidy said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: AfDB to fight rising cyber violence against women in Africa
    08 march 2016 20:13:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) launched a programme on Tuesday to stop the bullying of women and girls on the internet and other forms of gender-based violence during celebrations to mark the International Women’s Day in Nairobi. Full text...

  • UN: ICC calls for greater global coordination to end sexual, gender-based crimes
    08 march 2016 20:05:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday called for greater coordination in global efforts to end sexual and gender-based crimes. Full text...

  • UN: UN announces new initiative to protect millions of girls from child marriage
    08 march 2016 19:29:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN announced a new initiative on Tuesday to advance efforts to end child marriage by 2030 and protect the rights of millions of the most vulnerable girls around the world.Full text...

  • UN: UN officials stress more efforts to ensure gender equality
    08 march 2016 14:30:01
    New York, US (PANA) - Senior UN officials on Tuesday stressed the need to "Step It Up" with more resources and greater political action to achieve gender equality by 2030.Full text...

  • France: Twice as many girls as boys will never start school - UNESCO
    08 march 2016 12:05:48
    Paris, France (PANA) - Almost 16 million girls between the ages of about 6 and 11 will never get the chance to learn to read or write in primary school compared to about 8 million boys if current trends continue, according to a new report from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics (UIS). Full text...

  • France: UNESCO calls for nominations for UNESCO Prize for girls’ education
    08 march 2016 11:49:32
    Paris, France (PANA) - On International Women’s Day, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is launching a call for nominations to the first edition of the new UNESCO Prize for girls’ and women’s education. Full text...

  • Mauritius: PM vows to be 'ruthless' against those who ill-treat women, girls
    08 march 2016 08:05:37
    Ebène, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth on Tuesday said that his government will take firm action that includes strengthening of the laws to deal with violence and abuse against women and children. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AfDB releases new report on impact of Ebola on women
    08 march 2016 06:38:46
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - While projections have been made about the short-, medium-, and long-term impacts of Ebola on the economies of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, it is clear that women in the three countries are likely to experience those impacts disproportionately, according to a new study on the disease that recently devastated the three West African countries.Full text...

  • Botswana: Civil society in Botswana wants increased gender equality
    07 march 2016 17:59:34
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s civil society has challenged the nation to streamline gender equality to the benefit of women. Full text...

  • Tanzania: IOM calls for focus on migrant women, girls in global development
    07 march 2016 13:08:45
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The hundreds of millions of women and girls across the globe who have left their homes, whether by force or by choice, and often in search of a better life like all migrants, must be at the centre of the global development agenda, International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Director General William Lacy Swing, said Monday.Full text...

  • Tanzania: New African Woman Forum to honour women achievers in London
    04 march 2016 09:47:48
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – African women who have made significant achievements in their countries and communities will be honoured at a gala dinner on 10 March in London, two days after the International Women’s Day (IWD), organizers of the event, New African Woman magazine, have announced. Full text...

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