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  • UNICEF campaigns for birth registration in Gambia
    14 june 2007 19:55:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) - – UNICEF on Thursday called for birth registration in Gambia, saying, "birth registration ensures that children are accounted for in national statistics which helps in ensuring their education and health, among others". Full text...

  • Group decries gender inequality in Sierra Leone
    13 june 2007 13:08:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Harriet Turay, President of Sierra Leone's advocacy "50-50 Group, has lamented the poor female participation in the country's post-conflict politics ahead of the 11 August general elections. Full text...

  • Nigeria gets first ever female House Speaker
    05 june 2007 13:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A beauty therapist and holder of diploma in Law, Patricia Olubunmi Etteh, was Tuesday elected Speaker of Nigeria's lower House of Representatives, marking the first time a woman will act in that capacity in the country's 46-year, post- independence history. Full text...

  • UN official fingers persistent sexual abuse in central Africa
    01 june 2007 10:18:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Harbour Arbour late Thursday said sexual abuse and violence against women in Central Africa still persists. Full text...

  • SA missionary raises plight of two million Malawi orphans
    31 may 2007 20:35:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A 42-year-old South African missionary will from Friday, 1 June embark on a 3000- km bicycle ride from the Malawi commercial capital, Blantyre, to the South African capital, Pretoria or Tswane as it is now known. Full text...

  • UNESCO names French tennis star Tatiana Gender Equality envoy
    24 may 2007 20:47:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, Thursday named French tennis star Tatiana Golovin, as a "Promoter of Gender Equality" for the UNESCO-Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Partnership for Gender Equality. Full text...

  • African women need to be more visible in ICTs
    24 may 2007 10:19:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Maintaining that the concept of gender in Africa should be more inclusive to cover a number of parameters, women professionals in information science have appealed to governments to reaffirm their pronouncements on gender mainstreaming. Full text...

  • CAFRAD's meeting to address ICT barriers for women in Africa
    15 may 2007 15:58:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Responding to concerns of women professionals that the bulk of their sisters in Africa increasingly faced the spectre of marginalisation, the Tangier (Morocco)-based African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development (CAFRAD) Tuesday announced it was organising a high-level seminar on gender mainstreaming in e-government. Full text...

  • Report finds Ethiopia among worst places of motherhood
    09 may 2007 08:49:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) – Though Ethiopia has seen a 20--percent reduction in child death rates in the past 15 years, it still is ranked as one of the worst places to be a mother, according to the eighth annual State of the World's Mothers report released Wednesday. Full text...

  • Gambian Minister urges gender mainstreaming in ICT in Africa
    08 may 2007 20:13:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambia's Information and Communication Secretary Minister Neneh Macdouall Tuesday called for "gender mainstreaming" in Africa as the continent moves towards realising the objectives of "building an inclusive information society. Full text...

  • Women's forum in Dakar to tackle African migration
    02 may 2007 11:28:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African women from all walks of life will gather in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, for two days in June to discuss new strategies to mitigate and minimise the negative impact of migration on the continent's development, organisers of the meeting confirmed here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Graca Machel: women must demand equal rights with men
    27 april 2007 17:35:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Graca Machel, chairperson of one of Mozambique's most prominent NGOs, the Community Development Foundation (FDC), has urged young Mozambican women "to demand equal rights with men and the recognition of their competence". Full text...

  • Arab-African groups agree to promote women's rights
    20 april 2007 08:57:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The International Arab-African Women's Rights Organisation and the Arab Students General Union, have signed a cooperation agreement here for the promotion of the interests and rights of Arab women worldwide. Full text...

  • Global Monitoring Report urges more attention to gender equality
    13 april 2007 17:41:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- To reach key development objectives by 2015, women's equality and fragile states need to receive concerted attention and the international community must scale up strategies for the attainment of eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to a new report by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Full text...

  • Kadhafi sues for African family code
    03 april 2007 12:08:00
    Agadez- Niger (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi has Reaffirmed his desire for the setting up of an Africa-wide family organ or code that would govern people, marriage, divorce, social security, and children and women rights. Full text...

  • Kenyan women eye proactive political roles
    26 march 2007 12:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan women have resolved to play an active role in this year's general election in a bid to break the circle male dominance in the governance of the East African nation, media reports said here Monday. Full text...

  • Libya launches project against violence on women
    22 march 2007 14:31:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The secretary-general of the Libyan charity association Watassimou, Dr Aicha Mouammar Kadhafi, late Wednesday in Tripoli, launched a project to sensitise citizens against violence on women. Full text...

  • Marrakeck to host 1st Women of Africa Festival in April
    21 march 2007 19:24:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The first 'Women of Africa Festival' will convene in April in Marrakech, 250 km south here, graced by the presence of renowned South African singer Myriam Makeba, sources close to the organisers announced. Full text...

  • UN women's forum wants genital mutilation, forced marriage banned
    12 march 2007 20:03:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- A women's forum held under the auspices of the UN Commission on the Status of Women has called for a ban on female genital mutilation (circumcision) and forced marriage worldwide. Full text...

  • Minister wants Burkinabes bridge girls, boys education gap
    08 march 2007 21:27:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) – Burkinabe minis-ter of Women's Promotion, Mrs Gisèle Guigma, Thursday urged her compatriots to reflect on the socio-cultural considerations of empowering women by bridging the gap in 'boy-to-girl' education. Full text...

  • UN Security Council stresses importance of women
    08 march 2007 21:07:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN Security Council has unanimously approved a formal statement highlighting women's crucial role in preventing and resolving conflicts and their relevance in peace building. Full text...

  • Migrant women in France seek more consideration
    08 march 2007 18:47:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Immigrant women in Paris on Thursday, claimed for the same consideration and rights as "any other female citizen" of the French Republic. Full text...

  • Ban prods UN organs to stem violence against women
    08 march 2007 18:12:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Thursday called on the General Assembly and Security Council to strengthen mechanisms to check violence against women and girls worldwide. Full text...

  • UNICEF urges reduction of high maternal mortality in Somalia
    08 march 2007 16:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UN children's agency, UNICEF Thursday called for intensified efforts to stem the high maternal mortality rate of 1,013 deaths per 100,000 live births in Somalia. Full text...

  • Violence against women rampant in Liberia, says Aid agency
    08 march 2007 14:48:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- As Liberia joined other countries around the world to celebrate the International Women's Day Thursday, a new report by an international NGO, Action Aid-Liberia, has revealed that violence against women, including rape, "continues unchecked" in the country. Full text...

  • Konare deplores denial of women's rights in Africa
    08 march 2007 14:02:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The frequent violations and denials of women's rights and fundamental freedoms continue to fuel feminisation of poverty and HIV/AIDS in Africa, Alpha Oumar Konare, Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission said here Thursday. Full text...

  • President Toure pays tribute to Malian women
    08 march 2007 12:51:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian President, Amadou Toumani Toure, Thursday in Bamako, paid a glowing tribute to the Malian women's commitment to the development of their country. Full text...

  • Ban pledges to give women parity in UN system
    07 march 2007 21:33:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has pledged to strike a gender balance in the UN senior management as the world body prepares to mark International Women's Day this week. Full text...

  • UN top official calls for prosecution of human traffickers
    05 march 2007 18:54:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, Monday called for the prosecute human traffickers and the protection of women and children from the illicit trade. Full text...

  • Zambian girl wants to lead UN
    04 march 2007 19:32:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- It was claps and laughs as a girl from Zambia, Chinyanta Chimba, told an audience that her ambition is to become the first female secretary-general of the world body "in the near future". Full text...

  • UN official says empowering women 'antidote to social ills'
    02 march 2007 09:35:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- A top UN official, Rachel Mayanja has said declared that women's empowerment and gender mainstreaming are key to tackling social challenges. Full text...

  • UN top official urges more action on gender equality
    27 february 2007 20:42:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, Tuesday called for "much more work" toward the achievement of gender equality globally. Full text...

  • Experts call for consolidation of UPE gains
    27 february 2007 08:52:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Experts and education officials from 20 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa have called upon governments and development agencies to pay greater attention to the large number of children who fail to proceed to secondary school because of limited opportunities. Full text...

  • Kenya, Mauritania named in UNFPA report on violence against women
    26 february 2007 16:51:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Rape in Mauritania, female genital mutilation in Kenya, domestic violence in Mexico and Romania, and child marriage in Bangladesh, are some of the major abuses against women and girls listed in a new UN Population Fund report released in New York Monday. Full text...

  • Migiro reiterates commitment to women issues
    16 february 2007 18:53:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro Friday in New York reiterated her commitment to defend and promote the rights of women globally. Full text...

  • UNFPA renews call to end FGM
    05 february 2007 12:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Monday renewed its call for intensified global efforts to save the 3 million girls who still face the risk of female genital mutilation or cutting every year. Full text...

  • Kenyan authorities promise tough action against sex offenders
    04 february 2007 12:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Vice President Moody Awori Sunday assured Kenyans that the government would implement the sexual offences law in a move to eradicate the increasing incidences of gender violence in the country. Full text...

  • First UN women outfit on duty in Liberia
    31 january 2007 09:18:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The first all-women UN peacekeeping unit, made up of 103 women from India, arrived in Liberia Tuesday to assist the country recover from 14 years of civil war. Full text...

  • AU and States urged to prioritise gender issues
    29 january 2007 10:32:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) – The campaign for eq-uality between men and women is yet to have a concrete impact in rural areas of Africa, says Bineta Diop, chairperson of "Femmes Africa Solidarité" (FAS). Full text...

  • AU, civil society assess gender equality gains
    24 january 2007 21:42:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The 9th preliminary meeting on Africa's gender integration programme opened here Wednesday with civil society organisations and African Union (AU) officials reaffirming their resolve to achieve parity for both sexes. Full text...

  • Gender activists seek action not pledges at AU Summit
    23 january 2007 14:57:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Once again gender activists are hard on the heels of African leaders to discuss the implementation of their 2004 Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality. Full text...

  • Incoming UN chief may appoint a woman deputy
    14 december 2006 22:33:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The incoming UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday in New York said he might consider appointing a woman as his deputy. Full text...

  • Canada props gender project in Mali
    12 december 2006 11:03:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Canada has given Mali 4. Full text...

  • Top UN official wants women in peacemaking
    11 december 2006 12:06:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- United Nations Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari has advocated for the inclusion of women in peacemaking and conflict resolution. Full text...

  • EU impressed by women's performance in Mauritanian polls
    06 december 2006 21:55:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The 19 November and 3 December parliamentary and municipal elections made it possible for women to make a remarkable breakthrough in political representation in Mauritania," the European Union Observer Mission (EUOM) has said. Full text...

  • UNIFEM commends 89 countries for progress on gender reforms
    25 november 2006 10:12:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- 89 countries have been commended for enacting laws to tackle the scourge of violence against women. Full text...

  • 17 countries get US$3.5m UNIFEM grants to fight gender-based violence
    23 november 2006 18:13:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), has granted US$3. Full text...

  • UNFPA harps on under-reported gender-based violence
    23 november 2006 16:10:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has highlighted gender-based violence against women, which it described as under-reported but mostly perpetuated in Africa, Asia as well as Central and Latin America countries. Full text...

  • ActionAid alerts UN on violence against women
    18 november 2006 19:39:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The international charity organisation, ActionAid has alerted UN missions in war-torn countries of instances of violence against women. Full text...

  • France pledges support to Mariam Makeba pro-women project
    11 november 2006 20:15:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France will support South African legendary singer Miriam Makeba's humanitarian project in the form of special centres to assist women victims of violence in her country, French Social Affairs Minister Catherine Vautrin has said. Full text...

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