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  • Cherie Blair Foundation launches mobile service for Tanzanian business women
    02 july 2013 05:54:22
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanian women entrepreneurs Tuesday got a shot in the arm following the launch of a mobile service by the UK-based Cherie Blair Foundation to help them grow their businesses. Full text...

  • More Congolese women become teachers
    25 june 2013 15:15:33
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – An increasing number of Congolese women has embarked on basic education over the last years to prepare them as teachers, Henri Vital Eka, Director General of basic education, said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • TICAD V to discuss empowerment of African women
    31 may 2013 13:53:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The importance of gender equality and the empowerment of women in driving development in Africa will be the focus of a high-level panel to be moderated by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Ms. Helen Clark, at the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) on Sunday. Full text...

  • Moroccan parliament to vote on girls’, women’s access to justice
    31 may 2013 08:41:53
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Following a campaign launched in 2012 by the Moroccan ‘Spring of Dignity’ coalition, in collaboration with Equality Now, to end legal exemption from punishment for rapists who marry their victims, the Moroccan Ministry of Justice and Liberties has approved amendments to the Penal Code that would eliminate this exemption. Full text...

  • UN calls for women participation in drafting new Libyan constitution
    29 may 2013 15:39:53
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Wednesday called on Libya to ensure that women in the country actively participate in the drafting of the new constitution, stressing that their contributions are necessary to rebuild the north African nation. Full text...

  • Women to be honored for contributions to Africa’s Renaissance
    23 may 2013 07:26:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - On the 50th anniversary of Africa’s quest for strength in common purpose, African women, who have contributed to the African Renaissance, will be honored at a reception on 24 May, it was officially announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • ECA chief pays tribute to foremothers of Pan Africanism
    21 may 2013 07:50:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ongoing celebrations of 50 years of Pan Africanism will be incomplete without paying glowing tribute to the role played by our ‘foremothers’ and ‘foresisters’ in the liberation struggle, according to UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Executive Secretary Carlos Lopes. Full text...

  • Female genital mutilation to end in 20 villages in Niger
    16 may 2013 13:55:45
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Practitioners of the Female Genital Mutilation (FMG) in 20 villages in Niger Republic on Thursday vowed to end the practice which has been in existence in their communities for several past generations. Full text...

  • Let's pass on peace, prosperity to Africa’s future generations, says Dlamini Zuma
    14 may 2013 11:37:52
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Since the forebears of African unity bequeathed the present generation a free and better Africa than the one they found and lived on, the latter must ensure their offspring inherit a peaceful and more prosperous continent, African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • African women hail AU for wide consultations on continent's future
    14 may 2013 07:31:34
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Women stakeholders on pan-Africanism and the continent’s renaissance have commended the African Union (AU) for its initiative to consult with all member countries, regional economic communities and all sectors of society to develop a continent-wide Agenda 2063. Full text...

  • Women, Inspiration & Enterprise symposium opens in SA
    06 may 2013 08:16:49
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The three-day inaugural Women, Inspiration & Enterprise (WIE) Symposium Africa got underway in Cape Town, South Africa, on Sunday, with leading women in both the public and private sectors attending. Full text...

  • AUC chairperson urges women to play their part in African renaissance
    24 april 2013 09:49:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Emphasising the commitment of the African Union (AU) to promoting gender equality, AU Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has called on African women to contribute to the continent’s renaissance. Full text...

  • ‘Gender-based violence hits criminal dimension in Mali’
    16 april 2013 14:13:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa, Soyata Maiga, declared Tuesday that gender-based violence has taken a criminal dimension in Northern Mali. Full text...

  • 30 traditional female circumcisers vow to "drop the knife" in Gambia
    16 april 2013 13:54:17
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Thirty traditional female circumcisers in Gambia have publicly declared to “drop the knife”, committing themselves to abandon female genital mutilation (FGM), PANA reported Tuesday, quoting the local Voice newspaper. Full text...

  • Equality Now seeks action on political, organised violence against women in Egypt
    12 april 2013 09:10:43
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Equality Now, an international organisation working to end violence and discrimination against women and girls, Friday expressed concern over the continued erosion of women’s rights in post-revolution Egypt. Full text...

  • Wellbeing Foundation Africa brings world acclaimed forum to Africa
    05 april 2013 17:51:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Two leading Kenyan female media personalities, Julie Gichuru and Patricia Amira, have been named keynote participants in the inaugural, high-profile Women, Inspiration and Enterprise (WIE) Conference which will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 5-7 May. Full text...

  • USAID launches agric programme to promote gender equality in Tanzania
    05 april 2013 12:13:42
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The US Agency for International Development (USAID) Friday launched here a US$1.3 million, two-year programme to enhance Tanzanian women’s participation in agriculture and improve food security. Full text...

  • Mauritanians protest against violence on women
    03 april 2013 20:57:31
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Several hundred people, mostly women and girls of all ages from civil society and other groups, demonstrated on Wednesday in Nouakchott to denounce the recurrent violence against women. Full text...

  • UN Commission on Women adopts global plan to end gender-based violence
    17 march 2013 08:27:28
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 130 member states of the UN Commission on the Status of Women have adopted a global plan on the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls, the UN announced on Sunday. Full text...

  • Head of UN Women steps down
    17 march 2013 08:23:04
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Sunday announced that Ms. Michelle Bachelet is stepping down as head of the UN entity mandated to promote gender equality. Full text...

  • AU celebrates International Women's Day
    08 march 2013 20:41:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) on Friday celebrated International Women's Day in Addis Ababa with Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), calling on everybody to be involved in the emancipation of women. Full text...

  • Int'l survey highlights female jobs as “choice, independence”
    08 march 2013 19:16:54
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – In observance of the International Women’s Day, UK-based agricultural supply chain and food ingredients company, Olam International, Friday released its research findings, saying that female jobs in agricultural supply chains mean “choice and independence” for emerging markets in Africa. Full text...

  • 'Gender violence, major health, human rights concern'
    08 march 2013 17:05:40
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has said gender-based violence remains a major health and human rights concern, and that no human development can be achieved as long as women and girls continue to suffer from violence or live in fear of it. Full text...

  • IPPF to Committee on Status of Women: Protect rights of women, girls
    08 march 2013 14:55:09
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) has called on the Committee on the Status of Women (CSW), a UN body currently meeting in New York, under the theme "Eliminating violence against women", to ensure that countries are protecting and advancing the rights of women and girls. Full text...

  • ICC calls for support to help end violence against women
    08 march 2013 10:03:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday joined communities worldwide in marking International Women’s Day, with a call to advance women’s rights, promote and defend those rights, particularly for women and all others made vulnerable in situations of armed conflict. Full text...

  • 4 UN agencies highlight women's plight as Int'l Women’s Day is marked
    08 march 2013 09:11:41
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - On the occasion of the 2013 International Women’s Day, marked worldwide Friday, 8 March, 2013, the global community is focusing on how to eliminate and prevent all forms of violence against women and girls. Full text...

  • Kinshasa to host 5th fair of women’s entrepreneurship 23-30 March
    07 march 2013 11:27:38
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The 5th fair of women’s entrepreneurship will be held from 23 to 30 March in Kinshasa, at the Congolese government's initiative and with the support of the UN system, according to Penangnini Touré, spokesman of the UN Mission for Stabilisation of Congo (MONUSCO). Full text...

  • 3 African women, seven others to receive US award
    05 march 2013 11:25:04
    New York, US (PANA) - US Secretary of State John Kerry will on Friday in Washington, DC, US, honour 10 extraordinary women, three of them from Africa, with the US Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award, a US State Department statement said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Musicians partner with UN on women’s rights
    24 february 2013 08:23:10
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 20 musicians from across the globe are joining forces with the UN to spotlight the importance of empowering women through a song that will be released on International Women’s Day, celebrated on 8 March. Full text...

  • African women for sustainable development discuss biodiversity in Brazzaville
    22 february 2013 11:34:36
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Network of African Women for Sustainable Development (REFADD) is organizing a regional workshop here at which members will be taught how to access genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from their use, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Female journalists trained on role of women in conflict resolution
    07 february 2013 15:24:11
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Over 160 local journalists, mainly female, have received training on how to enhance the role of women in peace making in trouble-ridden regions of Darfur, according to the AU-UN peace keeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID). Full text...

  • The Netherlands to support Mali's reproductive health system
    04 february 2013 14:17:57
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Dutch Ambassador to Mali, Maarten Brouwec, and the Chairman of the Malian Association for Family Protection and Promotion (AMPPF), Mamadou Traore, on Monday signed a financing agreement under which the European nation will provide 4.5 million Euros (about CFAF 3 billion) to improve Mali's reproductive health system for the youth, PANA reports here. Full text...

  • UN Women chief hails ECOWAS for gender equality
    11 january 2013 17:26:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Under-Secretary General and Executive Director, UN Women, Michelle Bachelet, has commended ECOWAS for its role as “a driving force for gender equality and women’s empowerment in West Africa.” Full text...

  • Togo community women leaders trained in promotion of family health
    07 january 2013 21:00:33
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Thirty women leaders from 15 women’s groups in the Prefecture of Zio, about 35 km north of Lomé, have undergone training on issues related to the promotion of mother and child health at the community level, sources close to the WHO mission in Lome told PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • Paris to host first Global Francophone women's forum in March 2013
    14 december 2012 12:46:32
    Paris, France (PANA) - About 500 participants are expected to take part in the first World Francophone Women's Forum, to be staged 19-21 March 2013 in Paris by the French government, PANA learnt Friday from reliable sources in the French capital. Full text...

  • Women’s rights groups call for delay of Egypt constitution referendum
    12 december 2012 07:37:00
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Equality Now, a global women’s rights organisation, Wednesday made an urgent appeal to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi to delay a popular referendum on the draft of the new Egyptian Constitution, scheduled for Saturday, in order to allow for proper consultation. Full text...

  • Women vital to advancing peace, security - UN officials
    01 december 2012 14:24:47
    New York, US (PANA) - – Top UN officials have highlighted the invaluable role of women’s organizations and civil society groups in preventing violence and resolving conflict, stressing that their contributions are vital to building a peaceful world and must be further supported. Full text...

  • International conference on gender opens in Burundi
    27 november 2012 20:55:52
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The president of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, on Tuesday opened a two-day conference on the role of security organs in the prevention of violence against women and girls. Full text...

  • Burundi's president launches campaign on violence against women
    26 november 2012 20:39:58
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The president of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, on Monday officially launched a 16-day nationwide campaign on violence against women and girls with a pledge to punish perpetrators. Full text...

  • Ban tasks member states on commitments to end violence against women, girls
    24 november 2012 08:14:27
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called on governments to live up to their obligations to end the global problem of violence against women and girls, one of the most widespread human rights violations. Full text...

  • Women earn less than men in Mauritius
    22 november 2012 09:11:12
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Working women in Mauritius earn lower income than men, with a monthly average income of 11,000 Mauritius Rupees (US$341) for women compared to 16,400 Mauritian Rupees (US$509) for men, a census result focusing on gender statistics has revealed. Full text...

  • Gambia recorded 376 cases on domestic violence from Jan-Oct, 2012
    21 november 2012 14:33:15
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Officials of Gambia’s Department of Social Welfare, under the Ministry of Health, said it recorded close to 376 cases of domestic violence, including violence against children and women, paternity and custody cases between January and October, 2012. Full text...

  • UN launches initiative to end violence against women, girls
    21 november 2012 08:13:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN agency tasked with advancing gender equality Tuesday announced a new initiative that will spotlight countries’ commitments to end violence against women and girls, seeking bold action and leadership to galvanise efforts to end the pandemic. Full text...

  • Equality Now cautions on Egypt’s draft constitution
    16 november 2012 08:05:56
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The current draft of the new Egyptian Constitution could severely restrict and undermine women’s and girl’s rights if adopted as proposed by the Constitutional Committee, a global women’s rights group cautioned Friday. Full text...

  • Africa challenged to mainstream gender in statistics
    13 november 2012 15:52:02
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – On the occasion of the African Statistics Day celebration here on Tuesday, Botswana’s assistant finance minister, Vincent Seretse, has challenged the continent’s data agencies to mainstream gender in recording statistics indicators. Full text...

  • Rights group says sexual violence rife in Uganda
    13 november 2012 13:26:47
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Sexual violence is widespread in Uganda and disabled women and girls are particularly vulnerable, Equality Now, an international organisation working to end violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world, said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Venus, Serena Williams advocate increased empowerment for African women
    01 november 2012 08:41:19
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Tennis champions, Venus and Serena Williams, currently visiting Nigeria, Wednesday called for the adequate empowerment of women in Africa, saying the presence of women in eminent positions around the world was a demonstration of the significance role the female gender could play in the scheme of things. Full text...

  • DRC urged to protect int'l campaigner against Gender violence
    27 october 2012 12:16:12
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict has called on the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to protect Dr. Denis Mukwege after a violent attack and assassination attempt at his home in Bukavu. Full text...

  • 2012 Women for Education prize goes to "EAST" for examplary work in Madagascar
    15 october 2012 18:37:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The 2012 Women for Education prize Monday went to the EAST (Eau Agriculture et Santé en Milieu Tropical or the Water, Agriculture Health in Tropical Zones in English) for its work in Madagascar. Full text...

  • UNFPA invests US$ 20 million to check child marriage
    11 october 2012 16:39:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is to invest US$ 20 million over the next five years to reach the most marginalized adolescent girls in 12 countries with high rates of child marriage. Full text...

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