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  • 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...

  • Switzerland: 'Women, girls should be at core of disaster risk reduction' - UN
    01 march 2016 06:57:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Women and girls need to be at the core of disaster risk reduction, given that they often bear the brunt of climate change and hazards such as storms and floods, United Nations experts tasked with monitoring implementation of a landmark UN convention on ending discrimination against women heard on Monday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Women groups hail Zambian President’s decision on female running mate
    22 february 2016 17:16:38
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Women groups in Zambia have commended Zambian President Edgar Lungu on his pronouncement that he would adopt a woman as his running mate during the 11 August general elections. Full text...

  • Togo: Preparations for International Women's Day underway in Togo
    19 february 2016 11:06:21
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Civil society organizations, NGOs and government ministries involved in the promotion of law and the empowerment of women in Togo have committed to take concrete steps to eliminate disparities and discrimination hindering the inclusiveness and sustainable development of mankind, the Ministry of Social Action, Promotion of Women and Literacy said on Friday.Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO chief says women vital for scientific development
    11 february 2016 17:59:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The world needs science and science needs women to ensure sustainable growth and development, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said on Thursday.Full text...

  • UN: Nigerian minister wins 2016 Woman of Distinction award
    10 february 2016 15:04:27
    New York, US (PANA) - The NGO Committee on the Status of Women, NY (NGO CSW/NY), one of the three women’s committees of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the UN (CoNGO) that advocates for women’s rights and gender equality, has given the 2016 NGO CSW Forum Woman of Distinction Award to Nigeria's Minister of Environment, Mrs. Amina Mohammed. Full text...

  • UN: Special UN event mobilizes action towards ending FGM within 15 years
    09 february 2016 07:33:29
    New York, US (PANA) - Dozens of women, girls, experts, and United Nations officials gathered on Monday at a special event at UN Headquarters to mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Full text...

  • Mauritius: Parliamentary Gender Caucus to be set up in Mauritius
    25 january 2016 13:30:24
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Speaker of the Mauritius National Assembly, Mrs Santi Bai Hanoomanjee, says the proposed setting up of a Parliamentary Gender Caucus in Mauritius is a strong signal of Government’s political will for women’s empowerment and gender equality agenda at the highest level of decision-making. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief appoints high-level advisory group on women, children
    21 january 2016 15:48:16
    NewYork, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday announced the first members of the High-level Advisory Group for Every Woman Every Child who will help provide leadership and inspire ambitious action for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health during the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda.Full text...

  • Senegal: AU Commission chief urges women to be transformers, not just conformers
    19 january 2016 19:24:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Tuesday urged African women to be ''transformers and not just conformers''. Full text...

  • Zambia: Lungu annuls musician's appointment as envoy against gender-based violence
    18 january 2016 17:32:01
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has with immediate effect withdrawn the appointment of local musician Clifford Dimba popularly known as ‘General Kanene’ as an ambassador against gender- based violence. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh lifts directive on headtie for "working" women
    14 january 2016 15:25:54
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian leader, Yahya Jammeh, has lifted his recent directive that women working in public offices must put on headtie, not hijab, during working hours.Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian women speak out against govt head tie directive
    12 january 2016 19:29:14
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A Gambian government directive requiring female civil servants to cover their hair during working hours hasn't gone down well with many women in the republic on the West African coast whose President Yahya Jammeh has declared an Islamic State.Full text...

  • Gambia: Committee welcomes amendment that criminalizes FGM
    30 december 2015 20:42:32
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia Committee on Harmful Traditional Practices (Gamcotrap) has welcomed the amendment to the Women Act 2010 that criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia becomes 27th country in sub-Saharan Africa to legislate against FGM
    29 december 2015 14:38:24
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia has become the 27th country in sub-Saharan Africa to legislate against female genital mutilation (FGM) with the passing of the Women’s Amendment Act 2010 bill to prohibit female circumcision and matters connected therein, PANA reported Tuesday.Full text...

  • Zambia: UN experts dismayed by presidential pardon for Zambian musician convicted of rape
    23 december 2015 09:34:00
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – UN human rights experts have criticised Zambian President Edgar Lungu for pardoning local musician Clifford Dimba, popularly known as General Kanene, who was convicted of the rape of a 14-year-old girl and appointed as an ambassador in the fight against gender violence.Full text...

  • Tanzania: ITC launches new web to connect women entrepreneurs to global markets
    16 december 2015 14:12:26
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A new web and mobile-phone application that will help women entrepreneurs from across the world to connect to markets was launched Wednesday by the International Trade Centre (ITC), which said it is part of a wider initiative to connect one million women entrepreneurs to markets by 2010. Full text...

  • Zambia: NGOs applauds enactment of gender equality, equity law in Zambia
    04 december 2015 15:27:18
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia's Non-Governmental Organisations Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has commended the Ministry of Gender and the women’s movement in the country following the passing of the Gender Equality and Equity Bill into law by parliament this week. Full text...

  • UN: 'Fundamental change needed to address women’s health in conflicts, disasters'
    03 december 2015 21:05:54
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN report on Thursday said of the more than 100 million people in need of humanitarian aid this year due to conflict and natural disasters, 26 million are women and adolescent girls of reproductive age. Full text...

  • Senegal: ICC Prosecutor calls for collective effort to combat violence against women
    26 november 2015 12:51:19
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, has called for a ''collective and robust effort'' to combat violence against women. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges concerted action to end violence against women, girls
    25 november 2015 17:26:36
    New York, US (PANA) - Expressing deep concern about atrocities being committed Full text...

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