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  • Angolan parliament approves SADC gender, development protocol
    03 august 2010 21:06:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The Angolan parliament on Tuesday ratified the Protocol of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) about gender and development . Full text...

  • Former Irish President stresses protection of women in conflicts
    22 july 2010 15:23:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Former Irish President, Mary Robinson, has emphasized the protection of women and children caught up in conflict zones, pledging her full support for the implementation of international agreements aimed at offering security for those caught up in conflicts. Full text...

  • UN forum stresses role of women in advancing global development
    03 july 2010 17:18:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The annual high-level meeting of the UN Economic and Socia l Council (ECOSOC) ended on Friday with member states stressing the need for gre a ter investment in women and girls to advance gender equality and empower women. Full text...

  • UN creates new agency for women empowerment
    02 july 2010 20:21:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- In an historic move, the UN General Assembly voted unanimo usly on Friday to create a new body to accelerate progress in meeting the needs o f women and girls worldwide. Full text...

  • Gambia hosts seminar on ending gender-based violence
    01 july 2010 15:26:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- A seminar on ways of ending violence against women began Thursday in Banjul, the Gambian capital, with officials indicating that gender-based violence constituted a major public health and human rights problem across the world, Addressing the opening session of the seminar, the Gambian Vice President and Minister of Women Affairs, Isatou Njie-Saidy, said violence against women had some profound implications for the woman's health, regretting that this was often ignored by society. Full text...

  • UN launches booklet on how to deter sexual violence
    01 july 2010 07:24:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The United Nations on Wednesday launched its first compilation of the best practices for its peacekeepers and other workers to prevent, deter and respond to the use of rape as a war tactic. Full text...

  • Women empowerment, key to ending poverty, crises - UN report
    28 june 2010 18:07:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Progress in reducing poverty and food insecurity will rema in elusive unless significant progress worldwide in advancing women's economic a n d social empowerment and strengthening their rights is made, a UN report said Mo n day. Full text...

  • Corporate executives endorse UN-led gender equality initiative
    22 june 2010 07:04:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Nearly 40 chief executive officers representing companies from across the world on Monday endorsed a UN-led initiative to empower women by promoting gender equality in corporate workplaces, markets and communities. Full text...

  • Bill Gates Foundation gives US$ 1.5b for maternal, child health
    09 june 2010 16:58:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- US-based Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Wednesday pledged to spend US$ 1. Full text...

  • UN chief warns women on dangers of smoking
    31 may 2010 19:36:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday warned women around the world to refrain from tobacco smoking, describing it as "ugly and deadly". Full text...

  • UN official wants women protected from tobacco smoke
    31 may 2010 12:01:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Directo r for Africa , Dr. Full text...

  • Group wants adequate compensation for women victims in conflicts
    25 may 2010 15:18:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- At the opening, on Monday, of the general assemb ly of the African Development Bank (AfDB), a women's group has asked for adequat e compensation for women victims of conflicts in 'fragile' countries. Full text...

  • Migiro tasks media on gender equality
    25 may 2010 07:22:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro Monday appealed to the media to take on the cause of gender equality, spotlighting its potential to overturn stereotypes of men and women. Full text...

  • 'Femmes Africa Solidarite' hails Senegalese bill on parity
    17 may 2010 21:13:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African women networks and the members of “Campagne, Genre, mon Agenda”, coordinated by Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS), on Monday hailed the amendment by Senegalese Parliament of the bill governing absolute parity between men and women in the country's elective bodies. Full text...

  • Women in veil banned from witnessing terrorism suspects' trial in Mauritania
    17 may 2010 14:36:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Security operatives in Mauritania have banned ve iled Women from entering the court room where the trial of terrorism suspects is continuing, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Gambian MP warns against female genital mutilation
    10 may 2010 19:13:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) â" A member of the Gambian P-arliament (MP), Sidia Jatta, has warned against female genital mutilation (FGM), saying the cultural practice was both â?brutal and barbaricâ?, PANA reported from here Monday. Full text...

  • Nigerian women want Senator husband of Egyptian minor prosecuted
    04 may 2010 08:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The last may not have been heard of the marriage of former governor of the 'pro-Islamic' Zamfara State, Alhaji Sani Ahmed Yerima, to a 13-year-old Egyptian minor as Nigerian women have called for the prosecution of the husband, the Sun newspaper reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN official calls for end to sexual violence
    28 april 2010 17:00:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Fresh from her visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which she described as the "rape capital of the world", a senior UN official Wednesday urged the UN Security Council to make the prevention of sexual violence a top priority. Full text...

  • Report says sexual violence against women a weapon of war
    21 april 2010 15:16:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Sexual violence against women was used as a weapon of war in most armed conflicts in 2009, researchers in Spain said. Full text...

  • Canadian General Governor pleads for gender parity in DR Congo
    19 april 2010 17:15:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The General Governor of Canada, Mrs. Full text...

  • UN calls for more investment on women
    19 april 2010 16:03:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migi ro, has called for greater investment to ensure the health and well being of wom e n. Full text...

  • UN mission visits Guinean women victims of 28 Sept. crack-down
    14 march 2010 19:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Civil society organizations, members of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) task force, set up by the United Nations office for West Afr i ca (UNOWA) will, from Monday, carry out a solidarity mission to Guinean women vi c tims of the tragic 28 September crack down at the Conakry stadium. Full text...

  • Sociologist launches survey on integration of Senegalese women in peacekeeping
    08 march 2010 23:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) â" A survey by Senegalese so-ciologist, Mrs Fatou Sow Sarr , which focuses on strengthening of capacities of women to keep peace and securi t y was launched in Dakar on Monday as part of activities marking international wo m en's day. Full text...

  • Mauritania urged to take up challenge of gender equality
    08 march 2010 21:14:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The European Union ambassador and head of delega tion to Nouakchott, Hans-Georg Gerstenlauer, on Monday urged all Mauritanians to take up the challenge of gender equality in the country. Full text...

  • Mauritian govt. to construct hospital for women
    08 march 2010 19:02:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Premier Navin Ramgoolam announced here on Monday that the government would construction a specialized hospital for wome n , lamenting that too many women die from diseases that could be treated. Full text...

  • Int'l Women's Day: Benin pays tribute to female media workers
    08 march 2010 18:57:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- On the occasion of the celebration of the 15th Internati onal Women's Day, observed worldwide Monday, the Union of media workers in Benin (SYNAPROMEB) seized the occasion to pay tribute to Beninese female media workers for their contributions to the revival of the press in their country. Full text...

  • UNHCR chief stresses need for equality
    08 march 2010 17:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As UNHCR offices around the world marked the Internationa l Women's Day on Monday, High Commissioner for Refugees Antأ³nio Guterres, said i t was vital that women should be given equal opportunities and are able to reali s e their individual rights on an equal basis. Full text...

  • Libyan women unaware of their rights, says woman parliamentarian
    08 march 2010 16:48:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan women will have themselves to blame if they canno t assert their rights and privileges, which are already guaranteed by the countr y 's laws, according to a member of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), Ms. Full text...

  • EU envoy decries lack of progress toward gender balance
    08 march 2010 15:13:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The European Unionâ?s top official tasked with m onitoring the status of women has decried the lack of progress in ensuring women around the world enjoyed equal treatment with their male counterparts. Full text...

  • Violence against women persists in Africa, says Women's group
    08 march 2010 15:02:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The International Womenâ?s Day was marked Monday amid complaints that more than half of the 53 African states have failed to gua r antee the protection of women against all forms of violence with millions still v ictims of conflicts. Full text...

  • Mauritania pardons female detainees on Int'l Women's Day
    08 march 2010 14:46:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Four Mauritanian female detainees were Monday par doned by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on the occasion of the international w omen's day celebrated 8 March, official sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • 'Equal rights, opportunities for women and girls essential for better health'
    08 march 2010 14:29:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Director-General of the World Health Organisation (W HO), Dr. Full text...

  • Zambia commemorates International Women's Day
    08 march 2010 11:42:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia Monday joined the rest of the world in commemorat ing the International Women's Day observed 8 March annually, with various activities planned in the ca pital city, Lusaka. Full text...

  • 'Education key to achieving gender equality'
    08 march 2010 09:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- On the occasion of the International Womenâ?s day, bein g marked across the world Monday, education of the girl child has been described as a key element that will accelerates the promotion of equal opportunities for women across Africa. Full text...

  • Organisation urges govts to revoke sex discriminatory laws
    06 march 2010 09:46:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- In recognition of International Women's Day, i nternational human rights organization 'Equality Now' will launch its Beijing + 15 campaign urging governments to revoke sex discriminatory laws with the release of its report, 'Words and Deeds: Holding Governments Accountable in the Beijing +15 Review Process'. Full text...

  • UNESCO lines up events for celebration of Int'l Women's Day
    05 march 2010 15:43:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- UNESCO has lined up a number of programmes and events for the celebration of the International Womenâ?s Day on 8 March, with a series of events at its headquarters in Paris, France, from 8 to 19 March, PANA reported F r iday. Full text...

  • 'Percentage of women in Angolan parliament meets international standard'
    05 march 2010 11:12:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The number of women in the Angolan National Assembly repre sents 39 per cent of the total number of parliamentarians in the country and the figure meets the world's established quota, according to a report from the Angol a n News Agency (ANGOP). Full text...

  • UN celebrates Women's Day
    04 march 2010 17:00:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- As delegates from around the world gathered at the United Nations headquarters in New York, US, to commemorate the International Women's D a y, the awkward timing of a US court decision to shield a former UN employee from allegations of sexual harassment did not go unnoticed. Full text...

  • International bodies kick off discussion on gender parity in Africa
    04 march 2010 07:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Millennium Campaign, Femnet and Oxfam GB announce d here Thursday the commencement of a series of global conversations to discuss the status of the promises world lea ders have made to women in the Millennium Development Goals. Full text...

  • Migiro tasks member states on gender equality
    03 march 2010 17:00:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN Deputy Secretary-General, Asha-Rose Migiro, has cal led on UN member states to close the gap between the formulation of laws and the realities of gender inequity. Full text...

  • ActionAid calls on govts to support women in fight against hunger
    03 march 2010 12:49:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- International aid agency ActionAid has called on governments to put women's rights on the frontline in the fight against hunge r. Full text...

  • UN official says Beijing Platform vital to gender action
    02 march 2010 14:44:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- An outcome document adopted at the end of the Fourth Worl d Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, known as the Beijing Platform for Action, "continues to guide o ur action today" in the global efforts for the full realization of women's rights, a senior UN official said here Tuesd ay. Full text...

  • Migiro praises women groups for advancing gender equality
    02 march 2010 10:39:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Deputy UN Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro has lauded wo men groups for their achievements in advancing gender equality globally. Full text...

  • Angolan women target 50/50 representation at decision-making levels
    24 february 2010 17:59:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan women, particularly in government, want to achie ve equal representation in the number of decision makers in the coming years, th e Minister of Familiy and Women Promotion, Genoveva Lino, said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Gambian Rights group advocates alternative to female genital mutilation
    10 february 2010 18:56:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Gambian Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (GAMCOTRAP), in partnership with Yolocamba Sol i daridad of Spain on Wednesday held a one-day conference on Generating Alternativ e s to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Full text...

  • Gambia to host sub-regional meeting on Female Genital Mutilation
    09 february 2010 19:00:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (GAMCOTRAP), a women's rights organization, in p artnership with the Yolocamba Solidaridad and the region of Madrid in Spain, wil l host a sub-regional meeting here Wednesday aimed at fashioning alternatives to f emale genital mutilation (FGM). Full text...

  • Women in Mauritius demand greater political voice
    04 february 2010 22:37:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) â" Women human rights- activists in Mauritius, unde r the umbrella Women in Politics (WIP), on Thursday asked political parties to f i eld women as one-third of their candidates in the next general elections. Full text...

  • AU creates fund for African women
    02 february 2010 19:10:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The heads of state and government who participate d in the 14th African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, have announced the creation of a fund meant for African women. Full text...

  • UNIFEM announces US$9 mln new grants to empower women
    12 january 2010 21:10:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- A new fund managed by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) has announced over US$9 million in grants to support initiatives in 26 countries to empower women. Full text...

  • ECOSOC calls for more welfare expenditure for women
    12 january 2010 20:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The chairwoman of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Mrs Sylvie Lucas, on Tuesday urged decision-makers in the world to inc rease the welfare expenditure for women, particularly those in developing countr i es. Full text...

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