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  • 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...

  • Unprecedented mobilization of women on the eve of elections in Burundi
    11 january 2010 23:13:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Women' associations are ready with a â?national str ategyâ? for increased participation of Burundian women in the second post-confli ct general elections that will start in May with the local elections, according t o human rights activists in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • EU deplores marginalization of Beninese women
    21 december 2009 16:20:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The head of the delegation of the European Union, Ms. Full text...

  • 60 circumcisers abandon knife (Corrected)
    08 december 2009 12:45:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- GAMCOTRAP, an NGO that promotes women's social, politi cal, economic and cultural rights and focuses on sexual and reproductive health r ights on Monday marked the symbolic abandonment of the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) practice. Full text...

  • 60 circumcisers abandon knife
    08 december 2009 12:21:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- GAMCOTRAP, a womanâ?s Rights NGO that promotes womenâ? s social, political, economic and cultural rights and focuses on sexual and repr o ductive health rights on Monday marked the symbolic abandonment of the Female Ge n ital Mutilation (FGM) practice. Full text...

  • 60 circumcisers abandon knife
    08 december 2009 10:52:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- GAMCOTRAP, a womanâ?s Rights NGO that promotes womenâ? s social, political, economic and cultural rights and focuses on sexual and repr o ductive health rights on Monday marked the symbolic abandonment of the Female Ge n ital Mutilation (FGM) practice. Full text...

  • Libya holds roundtable on right of Libyan women to citizenship
    02 december 2009 23:12:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Several participants from the education sector, state in stitutions concerned by social and women's affairs and civil society organisations on Wedne sday took part in a round table in Tripoli on "The right of Libyan women to have full citizenshipâ?. Full text...

  • Gambian women rights group to honour ex-circumcisers
    02 december 2009 21:59:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambia women rights group, The Gambia Committee on Tradi tional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (GAMCOTRAP) will Sat u rday honour ex-circumcisers and their communities at the Basse Stadium in the Up p er River Region. Full text...

  • DR Congo women suggest way out of gender-based violence
    26 november 2009 15:42:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Women from different provinces of the Democratic Rep ublic of Congo (DRC) here on Wednesday officially presented the national strateg y document on gender-based violence, PANA reported from. Full text...

  • Gambia trains women on peace, conflict prevention
    25 november 2009 20:20:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The West Africa Network for Peace-Building (WANEP) Wednesday began a two-day capacity-building training for women in peace-building and conflict prevention. Full text...

  • About 1,000 women expected at Third Black Women's Congress
    24 november 2009 23:09:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- At least 1,000 women from across the globe are expec ted at the Third Black Women's Congress slated for 28 November to 3 December in K inshasa. Full text...

  • African woman poised to shape own destiny, says Gambian VP
    22 november 2009 08:11:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Gambian Vice President, Mrs. Full text...

  • Banjul gender conference proposes key strategies to empower African women
    19 november 2009 21:54:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) â" Experts, civil soc-iety organizations and other key stakeholders in womenâ?s empowerment and gender equality issues have agreed to improve the lives of African women, a UN ECA press lease said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Gambia, firm believer in gender mainstreaming, says VP
    19 november 2009 18:59:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Gambia is a firm believer in the importance of gende r mainstreaming and the promotion of gender equality, especially for women, Vice President Isatou Njie-Saidy has said. Full text...

  • Ping charges govts to implement Beijing Platform on women
    19 november 2009 18:54:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Chairperson, African Union Commission, Dr. Full text...

  • Women are equal in policy, decision making, says UN top shot
    19 november 2009 18:50:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Beijing Platform for Action not only emphasises achi eving equality, womenâ?s political and economic empowerment and eliminating disc rimination but also focuses on the integration of women as full and equal partne r s in all policies and decision-making processes, a senior United Nations Officia l said. Full text...

  • Gender activists want female candidate for AU Commission
    18 november 2009 18:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) â" Gender activists meeting -in Banjul, the Gambia, have c alled for â?deliberate effortsâ? towards the nomination of female candidates fo r African Union Commission chair â?as a sign of equal sharing of leadership and responsibilities for delivering on the development agendaâ? on the continent, ac cording to a statement received here by PANA Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sudanese women seek int'l support over repressive laws against them
    17 november 2009 14:17:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Sudanese women Tuesday called on the African human right s system to assist them reform the repressive laws back home in Sudan. Full text...

  • African regional conference on women opens in Gambia
    16 november 2009 15:36:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The United Nations Commission for Africas has called on governments and the international community to prioritise achievements of gender equality and womenâ? rights because this was essential for reducing poverty and promoting growth. Full text...

  • Gambia hosts African Regional Conference on Women
    13 november 2009 17:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Gambia will host the â?African Regional Conference on Womenâ?, dubbed (Beijing+15), with over 28 African ministers in charge of ge nder affairs and high level participants from some 43 countries expected to atte n d, the Addis Ababa-based Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the main organise r , said in a communiqueâ? received here by PANA Friday. Full text...

  • WHO seeks action beyond health sector to improve women's needs
    09 november 2009 19:12:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Despite considerable progress in the past decades, societies continue to fail to meet the health care needs of women at key moments of their lives, particularly in their adolescent years and in old age, a World H e alth Organisation (WHO) report has found. Full text...

  • UN agency launches initiative to end violence against women
    07 november 2009 19:13:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) has launched a campaign to mobilise people around the world to take part in a drive to stop vio l ence suffered by women. Full text...

  • Mauritius to empower women to achieve food security
    30 october 2009 16:27:00
    Rأ©duit- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Womenâ?s Rights Minister Indranee Seebun, has said that the country's National Women Council will place land (fenced and r eady for cultivation) at the disposal of women entrepreneurs, grouped in agricul t ural societies, who want to engage in crop production. Full text...

  • Kinshasa hosts 3rd international conference on women
    20 october 2009 21:51:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The third edition of the international conference on black women, which is a group of talented women who have come together to bette r participate in an emerging new Africa, will be held in Kinshasa 28 November - 4 December. Full text...

  • UNFPA urges males to fight for gender equality
    13 october 2009 22:18:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The representative of the United Nations Fund for Popula tion Activities (UNFPA) to Senegal, Mrs Rose Gakuba, on Tuesday called for a sig n ificant contribution of men and boys to the fight for gender equality. Full text...

  • Ban seeks funding to improve women's health, gender equality
    13 october 2009 13:00:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the international community to commit resources and funding to improve women's health and gender equality. Full text...

  • UN chief wants women involved in peace building
    30 september 2009 19:23:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on women to ge t involved in conflict prevention and resolution. Full text...

  • Violence against women increasing in Mauritania
    24 september 2009 16:13:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Hundreds of serious cases of violence against wo men were recorded in Mauritania between 2007 and 2009, the Chairperson of the As s ociation to fight Against Dependence (ALCD-RIHAB), Mrs. Full text...

  • US funds 'war' against sexual abuse in DR Congo with US$ 17m
    28 august 2009 14:49:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The US will support the fight against sexual abuse in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to the tune of US$ 17 million, the Am e rican Development Agency (USAID) announced in a press release here. Full text...

  • SA lawyer is UN rights expert on women
    28 august 2009 06:58:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- South African lawyer Rashida Manjoo, who has also worked a s an academic in the human rights field and a campaigner against domestic violence, has taken over as the new UN indepen dent expert to tackle violence against women. Full text...

  • Women's rights movement calls for release of female journalist
    10 august 2009 22:15:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Women's Rights Movement of the Gambia on Monday appe aled to the Office of the President to release the jailed six Gambians journali s ts, particularly the only female among them, Sarata Jabbi. Full text...

  • UN envoy calls for action against rape in Africa
    10 august 2009 15:14:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Special Envoy on HIV and AIDS in Africa, Elizabeth Mata ka, has called on African countries, more especially those in the Great Lakes Re g ion, to make rape a punishable offence. Full text...

  • Egyptian womenâ™s organization fight child molestation
    10 august 2009 11:50:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- The Egyptian Centre for Womenâ™s Rights (ECWR) has launch ed a new campaign that uses a games booklet to fight sexual harassment against children. Full text...

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