African Gender Awards (Femmes Africa Solidarité/FAS) -
  • Economic empowerment of women, my priority - UN official
    03 february 2012 08:16:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Director of UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Ms. Michelle Bachelet, said on Thursday that her priority this year is to enhance the economic empowerment and political participation of women. Full text...

  • Ban calls for more investment in women's education, health
    27 january 2012 08:41:23
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on business leaders attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to increase their investment in women’s education and health, to ensure their well-being and encourage their participation in the world economy. Full text...

  • ITU launches web portal to help women pursue ICT careers
    25 january 2012 06:04:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has launched a new web portal focusing on helping girls and women to access job opportunities, training and career advice in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. Full text...

  • Workshop calls for institutions to support battered women
    19 december 2011 20:50:21
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A workshop in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on the psychological and social support for battered women has called for institutional suppoty for victims of the inhumane act. Full text...

  • UN expert urges greater efforts to tackle violence against Somali women
    16 december 2011 20:44:09
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Rashida Manjoo, the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, on Friday called for greater efforts to improve the plight of women in Somalia, thousands of whom remain extremely vulnerable to discrimination and violence. Full text...

  • Migiro urges eradication of sexual violence in Great Lakes region
    16 december 2011 16:02:59
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro has stressed that efforts to restore peace and stability in Africa’s Great Lakes region will not come to fruition unless the scourge of sexual violence is completely eradicated and justice systems are strengthened to end impunity. Full text...

  • Africans urged to unite to tackle crises
    15 december 2011 11:24:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Director of international organization Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS), Bineta Diop, has urged Africans to come together to deal with the various crises that are having a negative impact on the continent. Full text...

  • Congolese women urged to be involved in public affairs management
    27 november 2011 10:59:20
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The coordinator of the UNESCO Chair in Science Education, Prof. Samuel Mawete, has called for the involvement of Congolese women in the management of public affairs. Full text...

  • UN envoy urges solidarity with sexual violence survivors
    25 november 2011 20:50:49
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Ms. Margot Wallstrom, on Friday marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women with a call for solidarity with the survivors of sexual violence in conflict throughout the world. Full text...

  • UN chief tasks youths on ending violence against women
    23 november 2011 20:43:49
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called for engaging all of society, especially young people, to end violence against women, a scourge that spans the globe and takes many forms, including rape, domestic violence and harassment at work. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for more donations to end violence against women
    22 november 2011 21:17:38
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Full text...

  • "Equality Now" names global director
    22 november 2011 16:47:18
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Equality Now, an international non-governmental organization (NGO), working to protect the human rights of women around the world, Tuesday announced the appointment of Yasmeen Hassan as its Global Director. Full text...

  • UN special representative for sexual abuse visits Côte-d’Ivoire
    22 november 2011 16:37:52
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations for the fight against sexual violence in armed conflict, Margot Wallström, arrived in Abidjan, the Ivorian capital, Monday. Full text...

  • Migiro wants more women in senior UN positions
    18 november 2011 18:05:31
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro on Friday called for greater effort to raise the number of women holding senior positions at the UN, saying that the majority of them remain in the lower ranks although more women are now being hired to fill management posts. Full text...

  • UNAMID organises dialogue on women and peace in Darfur
    17 november 2011 16:20:44
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - More than 100 Sudanese women, drawn from the three states of the region of Darfur, took part in an open-day dialogue on the role of women in peace in the embattled region, a press statement from the United nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) indicated Thursday.Full text...

  • UN Security Council seeks greater role for women in conflict prevention, peacebuilding
    31 october 2011 15:36:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has urged countries to implement a landmark resolution which seeks to strengthen women’s participation in peacebuilding, Full text...

  • UN chief calls for more women participation in peace, security issues
    28 october 2011 15:54:59
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called for the involvement of more women in conflict prevention and mediation, saying ``their participation is essential to building blocks in reinforcing democracy''. Full text...

  • Action plan adopted on women's access to judicial services
    27 october 2011 11:08:27
    Lomé,Togo (PANA) - A meeting on the women's access to legal and judicial services in Africa, held in Lome, Togo, has adopted an eight-year (2012-2020) Action Plan. Full text...

  • UN expert calls for integration of gender perspective in criminal justice systems
    22 october 2011 11:21:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Ms. Gabriela Knaul has called for the integration of a gender perspective into countries’ criminal justice systems to ensure women are not "ruled out of the law. Full text...

  • UNCTAD denounces hindrances to women entrepreneurs
    19 october 2011 21:08:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has denounced hindrances to women entrepreneurship in developing countries in its 2011 report on the information economy launched on Wednesday in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • UN chief wants access to productive resources for rural women
    14 october 2011 21:06:02
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called on the Full text...

  • Senegalese woman wins 2011 WWSR Award
    14 october 2011 14:03:08
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The president of Senegalese NGO, Association femme enfant environnement (AFEE), Seynabou Tall Wade, on Thursday in Geneva, Switzerland, received the 2011 distinction award for her role in protecting the interest of underprivileged women and children in the rural areas.Full text...

  • UN expert tasks member states on prevention of violence against women
    11 october 2011 21:24:34
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Rashida Manjoo, the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, on Tuesday said that violence against women across the world continued to be pervasive and widespread and reminded member states of their obligation under international law to protect women. Full text...

  • UN hails Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, 2 others for Nobel Peace Prize
    08 october 2011 14:15:14
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has hailed Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee, a Liberian peace activist, and Tawakkul Karman, a pro-democracy activist from Yemen, for jointly winning the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. Full text...

  • APP congratulates Nobel Peace Prize winners
    08 october 2011 10:15:56
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Africa Progress Panel (APP) has welcomed the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee and Yemeni rights activist Tawakkul Karman. Full text...

  • Clinton, ECOWAS congratulate Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, 2 others
    07 october 2011 19:49:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - More encomiums have continued to pour in for the three women winners of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winners, Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Liberian peace activist Leymah Roberta Gbowee, and Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman. Full text...

  • AU congratulates 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
    07 october 2011 19:02:45
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) on Friday congratulated Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, a joint winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Full text...

  • Sarkozy congratulates 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winners
    07 october 2011 18:49:00
    Paris, France (PANA) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Friday congratulated the three women winners of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, saying that one of them, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, was a symbol of the rise of democracy in Africa.Full text...

  • UNESCO forum tackles disparities in girls education
    03 october 2011 18:25:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), on Monday kicked off a two-day meeting in Paris, France, devoted to gender inequality in classroom achievement and on women’s leadership role in education. Full text...

  • Mauritanian women demand equal representation in governance
    03 october 2011 13:58:48
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - A group of Mauritanian women have called for gender equality at elective offices and in senior government positions, according to their letter which was made available to PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • UNDP, Norway support gender equality in Angola
    29 september 2011 17:09:48
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Norwegian government will support gender equality and women promotion in Angola through the financial agreement signed Wednesday, in Luanda. Full text...

  • South Sudan, others receive UN grant to end violence against women
    29 september 2011 14:56:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Newly independent South Sudan and 34 other countries were Thursday awarded grants by UN Women to fight violence against women.Full text...

  • Women still face hurdles in business - WB
    27 september 2011 12:05:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Women still face legal and regulatory hurdles to fully participate in the economy in most countries across the globe, a new report by the World Bank has said. Full text...

  • UN chief says sexual violence a threat to peace, security
    23 september 2011 14:27:52
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday said that sexual violence in conflict represents a threat to peace and security and is not just a health or human rights issue.Full text...

  • Gender equality is smart economics - WB
    20 september 2011 17:16:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The World Bank has said in a new report that while gender equality matters in its own right, it is also 'smart economics'.Full text...

  • UNICEF says gaps between boys, girls in developing countries widening
    14 september 2011 15:27:26
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on WednesdayFull text...

  • Sub-regional Muslim specialists meet on Female Genital Mutilation
    13 september 2011 17:04:34
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - About 60 scientists from eight Islamic countries in West Africa Monday began talks at a sub-regional conference on "Islam and Female Genital Mutilations (FGM)", official sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • UNESCO, partners to promote education for young women
    08 september 2011 15:45:35
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO and the multinational consumer product company, Procter and Gamble’s Always brand, have launched a partnership to promote literacy for young girls and women, according to a UNESCO press statement issued here Thursday. Full text...

  • UN official expresses concern on reports of rape in Somalia
    11 august 2011 18:21:16
    New York, US PANA) - Ms. Margot Wallstrom, the Special Representative of the UN Full text...

  • NGOs condemn resurgence of gang rapes in Senegal
    08 august 2011 21:07:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Advocacy Committee on Violence against Women, which brings together about 15 civil society organisations, on Monday condemned the resurgence of gang rapes in Senegal.Full text...

  • Angolan official shows solidarity with Somali women
    01 august 2011 15:36:32
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The vice chairperson of the Pan-African Women’s Organisation (PAWO) for southern Africa, Carolina Cerqueira of Angola, Sunday expressed her solidarity with African women facing serious societal problems, such as Somali women and others in the horn of Africa. Full text...

  • Burundi struggles with poor family planning practices
    20 july 2011 21:08:11
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The rate of women resorting to modern contraceptive methods to control births or limit unwanted pregnancies, stood at only 20% in 2010 nationwide. Full text...

  • Gambian NGO intensifies battle against FGM
    15 july 2011 16:33:45
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (GAMCOTRAP) is gaining ground in the battle against female genital mutilation (FGM), with several communities in the West African nation abandoning the practice, PANA reported from here Friday. Full text...

  • Equality Now, SOAWR issue guide on use of African protocol on women’s rights
    15 july 2011 07:28:52
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - International human rights organisation Equality Now, in conjunction with Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR), have released a Guide to Using the Protocol on the Rights to Women in Africa for Legal Action at local, national, and regional levels – five years after the Protocol came into force.Full text...

  • Malian children seek dialogue between sub-region's chidren's parliaments
    14 july 2011 17:17:59
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian Children’s Parliament on Thursday urged the international community to create a framework for dialogue, exchange and sharing of experiences between the different children's parliaments in the West-African sub-region and the world. Full text...

  • Gambian VP says investing in women solves world’s problem
    12 july 2011 17:58:58
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambian Vice-President Isatou Njie-Saidy, has called for the empowerment of women and girls, emphasizing that “investing in women and girls is cost-effective and essential to solving the world’s most challenging problems,” PANA reported from here Tuesday.Full text...

  • Plan International CEO to visit Bamako Wednesday
    12 july 2011 14:46:56
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Chief Executive Officer of Plan International, Nigel Chapman, will embark on a working visit to Mali from Wednesday, the NGO’s country office in Mali told PANA here. Full text...

  • France urges UN to protect Congolese women from rape
    08 july 2011 21:42:38
    Paris, France (PANA) – France on Friday called on the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Congo (MONUSCO) to intensify its collaboration with the Congolese authorities and civil society to prevent the resurgence of rape in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • UN report urges better legal access for women
    06 july 2011 19:07:12
    New York, US (PANA) - A report by UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), on Wednesday said governments around the world had not done enough to guarantee equality before the law for women and should rescind legislation that limits the access of women to legal systems. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for more women in national parliaments
    30 june 2011 17:02:24
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday said that it was time to make ``faster and wider progress'' in promoting the participation of women in all levels of society, including democratic institutions. Full text...

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