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  • Senegalese teen girls sexually exploited, harassed in schools - Rights group says
    18 october 2018 12:44:17
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Abusive teachers and other staff sexually exploit, harass, and abuse adolescent girls in Senegal’s secondary schools, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on Thursday. Full text...

  • Survey reveals 68.1% of women in Mauritania are victims of gender-based violence
    18 october 2018 11:10:23
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Gender-based violence remains an issue that sparks huge concerns in Mauritania, despite progress made over the past few years to end it. Full text...

  • 'Virginity testing’: a human rights violation, with no scientific basis - UN
    18 october 2018 02:45:15
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (PANA) - A group of United Nations agencies has issued a joint statement calling for a ban on tests meant to assess the virginity of a girl or a woman, which is a common practice in at least 20 countries. Full text...

  • AUC Chairperson congratulates Ethiopian PM on gender parity in new cabinet
    17 october 2018 20:01:17
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday congratulated Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for appointing a cabinet marked by gender parity, with 10 women and 10 men. Full text...

  • Gambia’s rights group launches women land policy
    17 october 2018 08:21:11
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Rights group, Activista-The Gambia, in collaboration with Action Aid -The Gambia on Tuesday launched the country's first women's land policy and Rural Women Assembly (WRA) chapter for The Gambia. Full text...

  • Investing in rural women and girls, ‘essential’ for everyone’s future: UN chief
    16 october 2018 05:07:31
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking International Day of Rural Women, on Monday, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on countries to ensure that women and girls living in rural areas can enjoy their human rights as this would enable making “progress for all.” Full text...

  • EU launches training project for 70 women in Libya's public sector
    11 october 2018 12:53:02
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has launched a training project for 70 women in the municipality of Zliten (south-east Libya) to support women in the public sector with a view to enhancing public administration in Libya. Full text...

  • ‘Concerted effort’ must be made to help adolescent girls realise full potential: UN chief
    11 october 2018 04:03:58
    New York, US (PANA) - There are “multiple barriers” including “systemic discrimination” bias and lack of training, which are keeping the largest generation of girls in human history from reaching their full potential, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a statement on Thursday, marking International Day of the Girl Child. Full text...

  • Girls are saying no to FGM, need political champions (A feature by UNFPA)
    10 october 2018 13:29:06
    New York, US (PANA) – “When I was young, I did not want to be cut,” said Aissata Camara, speaking at the High-Level Panel on Female Genital Mutilation, held during the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Full text...

  • UNESCO Prize for Girls' and Women's Education to be awarded on Thursday
    10 october 2018 13:27:44
    Paris, France (PANA) - The UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education will Thursday honours outstanding and innovative contributions made by individuals, institutions and organizations to advance girls’ and women’s education. Full text...

  • ‘Stronger effort must be made to cement peace deal for South Sudanese women and girls'
    09 october 2018 02:54:15
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Putting the latest peace deal into real effect across South Sudan, must include addressing “in a stronger manner, the challenges facing women and girls”, said the UN’s leading voice for gender-equality, who is part of a joint United Nations-African Union delegation to the country this week. Full text...

  • World Bank project tackles gender-based violence in DRC by focusing on prevention
    30 august 2018 19:54:48
    Washington, US (PANA) - The World Bank announced Thursday it is committing US$100 million in International Development Association (IDA) financing to help prevent gender-based violence (GBV) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Somalia has 'once in generation’ gender equality opportunity – UN Women chief
    21 august 2018 07:24:40
    Baidoa, Somalia (PANA) - Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Executive Director of the United Nations entity dealing with issues related to gender, UN Women, has encouraged Somalia to continue making progress in the areas of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Full text...

  • AfDB, Canada share commitment to women’s empowerment in Africa
    19 august 2018 04:17:38
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - On her recent first visit to the West African nation of Côte d’Ivoire, Canada’s Minister of International Development, Marie-Claude Bibeau, and the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, shared a common vision and commitment to the advancement of women and girls in Africa. Full text...

  • AUC continues investigation of alleged harassment of women within the Commission
    17 august 2018 13:46:20
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) says its High-Level Committee established, last June, by the Chairperson of the Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, to investigate allegations of harassment against women staff members is continuing its work. Full text...

  • AfDB calls for greater push for breastfeeding to jumpstart wellbeing of future generation
    03 august 2018 13:38:10
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - As World Breastfeeding Week is being celebrated this week, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has called on African countries to push breastfeeding as a means to give children a vital head start to their future wellbeing. Full text...

  • Water project in Cabo Verde saves communities, transforms livelihoods of women (An AfDB feature)
    23 july 2018 18:02:45
    Santiago Island, Cabo Verde (PANA) - A water irrigation and supply system, funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), has transformed the lives of rural farming communities in Cabo Verde’s Santiago Island, sparing farmers grueling treks of up to 20 kilometres to fetch water for farming and daily use. Full text...

  • Rights group urges East African Bishops to support education for pregnant teens
    13 july 2018 07:01:50
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - As representatives of the Catholic Church in Eastern Africa meet in Addis Ababa to discuss “vibrant diversity, equal dignity, and peaceful unity” in the region, a human rights group is asking the East African Bishops to support education for pregnant teens. Full text...

  • Not educating girls costs countries trillions of dollars - World Bank Report
    11 july 2018 18:36:18
    Washington, US (PANA) – Limited educational opportunities for girls and barriers to completing 12 years of education cost countries between US$15 trillion and US$30 trillion in lost lifetime productivity and earnings, says a new World Bank report launched Wednesday ahead of the July 12 United Nations Malala Day. Full text...

  • Family planning, 'a matter of human rights’ says UN
    11 july 2018 06:41:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Director of the UN population fund (UNFPA) Natalia Kanem has said family planning is not only a matter of human rights but also central to women’s empowerment, reducing poverty and achieving sustainable development. Full text...

  • Women vital for ‘new paradigm’ in Sahel region, Security Council hears
    10 july 2018 20:24:03
    New York, US (PANA) - Women across Africa’s Sahel region can be agents for a “new paradigm” for peacebuilding and development that benefits all people there, the United Nations Security Council heard on Tuesday. Full text...

  • It’s time to ‘eliminate the scourge of conflict-related sexual violence’, urges UN chief
    20 june 2018 07:10:24
    New York, US (PANA) - The effects of conflict-related sexual violence echo across generations, in the form of trauma, stigma, and unwanted pregnancy, said the UN chief on Tuesday, describing the scourge as “a threat to our collective security” and “a stain on our common humanity”. Full text...

  • UN pays tribute to the Organization’s founding mothers
    23 may 2018 05:37:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations has paid tribute to its founding mothers pointing out that women have played a pivotal role in the United Nations since its inception in 1945. This includes the first international agreement proclaiming gender equality as a fundamental human right: the UN Charter.Full text...

  • Amnesty International asks Sudanese President to save teenage girl from execution
    14 may 2018 17:57:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Amnesty International on Monday appealed to the President of Sudan and the country’s Minister of Justice to save the life of 19-year-old Noura Hussein who was sentenced to death on 10 May 2018 for killing her rapist husband. Full text...

  • Use gender-sensitive trade policy making to improve women's welfare, EAC urged
    09 may 2018 11:55:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - East African nations can harness their trade policies to help empower women economically in the region, thanks to improvements in education, employment and other key areas. Full text...

  • UN rights expert raises concerns about violence against women in Sudan
    24 april 2018 17:15:09
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN Independent Expert on Sudan has expressed concern about reports that the security forces were using violence, intimidation and other forms of abuse to silence women across the country. Full text...

  • 2nd Women Leaders' Forum for Africa's Transformation begins in Ethiopia
    24 april 2018 16:01:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The second Women Leaders' forum for Africa's Transformation began on Tuesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the theme “Women Working Together for the Africa We Want: From Commitment to Action”. Full text...

  • Four African economies among most improved in removing legal barriers against women, says WB Report
    29 march 2018 17:48:23
    Washington, US (PANA) - Despite daunting challenges, several economies in Sub-Saharan Africa are making progress in enacting laws that promote equality between men and women, said the World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law 2018 report, released on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN rural development agency invests in power and potential of women
    20 march 2018 21:23:59
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Although rural women make up one-fifth of the global population and around 43 per cent of all agricultural workers, inequality restricts their access to land, markets or even the training and technology that could improve their lives and livelihoods, according to the United Nations agency fighting to stamp out hunger and poverty. Full text...

  • 14th African gender summit opens in Rwanda
    19 march 2018 12:53:50
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The 14th African summit on gender, initiated by the African Institute for Mathematical sciences (AIMS), in partnership with Africa's top scientific institutes, opened on Monday in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, under the theme "Climate change through gender equality: the situation in Africa". Full text...

  • UN Agencies call for stronger action to achieve equal nationality rights for all
    16 march 2018 06:43:07
    New York, US (PANA) — UN Women, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have called for increased efforts to eradicate gender inequality in nationality laws, which is a key driver of statelessness. Full text...

  • EU-UN initiative on gender-based violence spotlights needs of most marginalized women, girls
    14 march 2018 06:50:13
    New York, US (PANA) - As #MeToo activists continue to push for political, economic and social equality between the sexes, a key question is being asked: Are marginalized women and girls – ones who are part of indigenous communities, disabled, or part of the lesbian and transgender community – being heard? Full text...

  • UN steps up measures to stamp out sexual exploitation, abuse
    14 march 2018 06:40:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The number of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by personnel serving with the United Nations dropped from 165 in 2016 to 138 last year, according to the latest report by the UN Secretary-General on implementing a zero-tolerance policy for these crimes. Full text...

  • Civil society in forefront of struggle for gender parity, says UN chief
    14 march 2018 06:33:54
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations has embarked on an initiative to address the male-dominated power structure within its own ranks and now has more women than men in the senior management team, Secretary-General António Guterres told civil society activists on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNMISS deputy head praises women’s participation in South Sudanese peace process
    13 march 2018 20:06:44
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – South Sudanese women have been praised for their resilience, determination and progress in making their concerns count in the ongoing peace process. Full text...

  • UN women’s commission opens annual session
    13 march 2018 05:39:25
    New York, US (PANA) - Taking place at “a pivotal moment for the rights of women and girls,” the United Nations body dedicated to gender equality and women’s empowerment opened its annual session on Monday hearing calls to help women, especially those in rural communities, secure an end to the male-dominated power dynamic that has long marginalized their participation and muted their voices. Full text...

  • Rights body demands accountability for sexual violence victims
    12 march 2018 15:07:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), a civil society organization, on Monday expressed deep concern over the lack of accountability for victims of sexual violence in Kenya. Full text...

  • 3 Nigerian women artists unite at UN to change perceptions of women and Africa
    10 march 2018 12:29:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Three Nigerian women will spotlight themes such as human trafficking, suicide bombing, and sexism and sexual harassment at the United Nations, showing the strength of women as agents of change in African societies, often dominated by men. Full text...

  • UN celebrates power of activism on International Women’s Day
    09 march 2018 06:12:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The drumbeat for women’s rights and empowerment reached a crescendo on Thursday as the United Nations celebrated International Women’s Day with a number of powerful events, where global activists joined top UN officials calling for the recent momentum generated by grassroots movements against discrimination and harassment to tip the scales towards lasting change. Full text...

  • Burundi's first couple attends international women's day ceremony
    08 march 2018 17:58:25
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi’s first couple, Pierre and Denis Nkurunziza, on Thursday attended a parade of women to commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day in Kayanza, in the north of the country. Full text...

  • Gender equality must be at the core of ‘Health for All', says WHO chief
    08 march 2018 11:18:06
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN health agency on Thursday called for a world where every woman and girl has access to quality and affordable health care. Full text...

  • ‘It’s her turn,’ says UN agency, issuing global call to close critical gap in refugee girls’ education
    07 march 2018 22:25:51
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - By secondary-level education, refugee girls are only half as likely as their male peers to enrol in school – even though they make up half of the school-age refugee population, according to a new study released on Wednesday by the United Nations refugee agency. Full text...

  • Women’s prospects at work still ‘a long way’ from being equal to men’s – UN report
    07 march 2018 22:16:12
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Despite notable progress on closing gender gaps over the past 20 years, women have less access to jobs, are more likely to take low-quality employment, and face barriers to management positions, a United Nations labour report has found. Full text...

  • Communications technologies vital for empowerment, success of poor rural women
    07 march 2018 18:19:20
    Rome, Italy (PANA) – The role of information communications technologies in supporting rural women's economic empowerment, voice and status, will be the focus of discussions at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on 8 March, International Women’s Day. Full text...

  • UN agencies in Rome to mark International Women's Day
    07 march 2018 11:48:43
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The role of information communications technologies (ICT) in supporting rural women's economic empowerment, voice and status, will be the focus of discussions at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on 8 March, International Women's Day.Full text...

  • Child marriage numbers drop, but still ‘a long way to go’ to end practice – UNICEF
    06 march 2018 18:49:02
    New York, US (PANA) - Although the prevalence of child marriage is decreasing worldwide, action will need to be stepped up to achieve the global target of ending the practice by 2030, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • International Women’s Day: UN rights experts praise women speaking out against sexual violence
    06 march 2018 18:29:55
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UN human rights experts have lauded the powerful global movement that has shone the spotlight on sexual violence against women and gender inequality, and paid tribute to those who have dared to speak out and demand change. Full text...

  • NGO prepares Gambian peacekeepers on gender-based violence
    28 february 2018 12:03:12
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A Gambian army battalion set to leave for Darfur, Sudan, on a peacekeeping mission, kicked off a four-day training on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on Tuesday at Fajara Barracks training centre. Full text...

  • Without firm action on gender equality world may miss development targets - UN Report
    15 february 2018 07:08:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Without speedy progress on gender equality and real action to end pervasive discrimination against women and girls, the global community will not be able to keep the promise to ‘leave no one behind’ on the road to ending poverty, protecting the planet and advancing prosperity by 2030, according to a new United Nations report launched on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN youth envoy spotlights need to boost support for reproductive health
    15 february 2018 07:01:42
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - In this century, child marriage cannot be allowed to happen, and similarly, children should not give birth to children, the United Nations youth envoy told an African forum on reproductive health and rights on Wednesday. Full text...

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