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  • 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...

  • UN launches new intiative to empower rural women, girls
    28 september 2012 14:38:27
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Friday launched a programme to empower poor rural women through economic integration and food security initiatives. Full text...

  • UN expert says violence against indigenous women persists
    19 september 2012 06:25:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, has said violence against women and girls and the indiscriminate extraction of natural resources are among the most pressing issues that indigenous peoples face today. Full text...

  • Gambia women’s bureau re-launches campaign on female genital mutilation
    12 september 2012 21:39:48
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The umbrella body of women organizations in The Gambia, the ‘Women’s Bureau’s has restored it efforts to fight female genital mutilation in the county with policy and dialogue to sensitized religious leaders, on Islam and FGM-cutting, an issues that affects the health and well being of women and children. Full text...

  • African women Summit endorses new plan to fight violence against women
    31 august 2012 14:20:49
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - An international gathering of anti-violence activists Friday called on governments to implement the African Union (AU) protocol that bans harmful traditional practices that limit women from enjoying their full rights. Full text...

  • ICC gets new gender advisor
    22 august 2012 19:44:27
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) has named Brigid Inder as the new Special Gender Advisor to its prosecutor, the body said in a statement received here by PANA Wednesday. Full text...

  • Equality Now calls for vigilance on fundamentalism against women’s rights
    22 august 2012 16:46:01
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Equality Now, an international human rights organisation that works to protect and promote the rights of women and girls around the world, on Wednesday released its 2011 Annual Report, calling on the global community to “remain vigilant in the face of backlash on women’s rights emanating from escalating fundamentalism.” Full text...

  • UN working group tasks Tunisia on women equality
    22 august 2012 08:34:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Working Group on discrimination against women in law and in practice Tuesday called on the new Tunisian government to take all necessary steps to safeguard the country's achievements in equality, non-discrimination and women's human rights, in accordance with its international human rights obligations. Full text...

  • NEPAD, ECOWAS, Spain sign accord to boost women entrepreneurship
    17 august 2012 14:55:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have signed a grant agreement with Spain worth about FCFA 655 million (US$1.31 million) for a project aimed at empowering rural women entrepreneurs in the field of agriculture. Full text...

  • Ban calls for empowerment of young women for leadership roles
    13 august 2012 22:05:52
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday said the leadership and empowerment of young women would play a key role in advancing development around the world. Full text...

  • Gambia hosts ECOWAS gender meeting
    07 august 2012 14:15:31
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A sub-regional meeting on the theme, “Validation of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament Gender Strategy”, opened Tuesday at the Senegambia Beach Hotel in Banjul, the Gambian capital. Full text...

  • FAJ supports UN campaign to end gender-based violence in Africa
    02 august 2012 15:44:46
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) has reaffirmed its commitment to support the UN Women campaign to end violence against women in Africa, PANA reports Thursday. Full text...

  • Election of 65 women into Senegal's 150-member parliament excites Clinton
    02 august 2012 00:16:35
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - On the first of her two-day visit to Senegal, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Wednesday hailed the increasing role of women in the country's politics, especially the election of 65 women into its 150-member National Assembly (parliament), PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Senegal hosts regional workshop on African women’s rights
    30 july 2012 16:26:53
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A two-day regional workshop on the rights of African women opened here Monday with participants looking examining how the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa can be better utilized and popularized. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt denies buying exotic cars for African first ladies
    25 july 2012 19:29:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian presidency Wednesday denied media reports which alleged that the government purchased 200 new "exotic" cars for the African First Ladies Summit which formally opens in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, this week. Full text...

  • AU urged to do more for Protocol on rights of Women
    24 july 2012 20:05:08
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Working Group on Gender Justice in Africa Tuesday called on the African Union (AU) to encourage member states that are yet to ratify the protocol on the rights of women in Africa to do so. Full text...

  • EU grants Morocco 45m euros to promote gender equality
    04 july 2012 14:40:26
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - The European Union (EU), determined to promote Gender Equality in Morocco, has granted the north African country 45 million euros, local media reported Wednesday, citing official sources. Full text...

  • UN experts push for advancement of women's rights
    03 july 2012 08:21:43
    New York, US (PANA) - A group of independent UN experts has called for urgent actions to advance women’s human rights during political transitions, stressing that their equal participation is critical for any democratic and lasting change. Full text...

  • UN envoy says women participation vital for building new Libya
    27 june 2012 08:23:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Mr. Ian Martin, has stressed the importance of the equal participation of women in rebuilding the country. Full text...

  • Rio+20: UN official says women empowerment vital to sustainable development
    19 june 2012 07:33:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Ms. Michelle Bachelet, has said sustainable development will not be achieved without empowering women. Full text...

  • Women's rights group appeals for release of Sudanese mother facing death by stoning
    07 june 2012 08:00:19
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – International women’s rights group Equality Now issued an urgent alert Thursday calling for “immediate and unconditional release” of a Sudanese mother of three, Intisar Sharif Abdalla, who was sentenced to death by stoning on charges of adultery. Full text...

  • Women in EAC launch business platform
    24 may 2012 18:25:53
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Gender equity and mainstreaming in social and economic development are the basic and essential commitment of the East African Community (EAC), the regional grouping’s chief executive, Richard Sezibera, said Thursday at the launch of the East African Women in Business Platform (EAWiBP) in Arusha, Tanzania. Full text...

  • UN Women members to facilitate dialogue with civil society named
    18 may 2012 22:56:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) on Friday announced the members that will be part of a group that will facilitate dialogue between civil society and the agency. Full text...

  • Women's rights group calls on Morocco to end impunity for rapists
    18 may 2012 07:58:14
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - International women’s rights body Equality Now Friday called on Moroccan authorities to take action and end the legal exemption for rapists who marry their victims, citing the incident of 15-year-old Safae from Tangiers who was raped and impregnated in January 2011 when she was 14. Full text...

  • Worldwide campaign to stop rape, gender violence in conflict gets underway
    06 may 2012 18:07:14
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – In the first-ever global collaboration involving Nobel Peace Laureates, international advocacy organizations and groups working in conflict zones will this week launch the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict, it was officially announced Sunday. Full text...

  • Gambia to host African Women in Leadership Conference
    03 may 2012 12:43:53
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The African Women in Leadership Conference (AWCL) 2012 will be hosted by The Gambia 13-15 June 2012 at the Sheraton Gambia Hotel, Brufut, the organizers told a news conference here Thursday. Full text...

  • Group urges US govt to uphold zero tolerance on demand that fuels sex trafficking
    02 may 2012 08:55:19
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Equality Now, an international women’s rights organisation, Wednesday called on the US government to uphold a zero tolerance policy on the demand for commercial sex that fuels sex trafficking, which is a violation of human rights of millions of women and girls around the world. Full text...

  • UN official calls for women's inclusion in peace, security matters
    24 april 2012 21:12:14
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Director of UN Women, Ms. Michele Bachelet, on Monday called for strengthening of the role of women in peace and security matters, as well as increased participation in politics. Full text...

  • Nigeria to get first female chief justice
    20 april 2012 10:24:39
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria may get its first ever female Chief Justice, if the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Mariam Aloma for the top judicial post is ratified. Full text...

  • CPJ wants journalists reporting evils of FGM protected in Liberia
    10 march 2012 11:43:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Liberian authorities to ensure the safety of journalists who have been repeatedly threatened for exposing the evil practices of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the West African country. Full text...

  • International Women’s Day: Nigerians urged to protect rights of women
    08 march 2012 20:16:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As activities marking the 2012 International Women’s Day is gradually drawing to a close in Nigeria, human rights activists have called on all Nigerians to promote attitudes that will protect the rights of women, children and other vulnerable persons in the society. Full text...

  • Premier Rangoolam hails women's role in Mauritius
    08 march 2012 19:23:48
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Prime Minister of Mauritius, Navin Ramgoolam, Thursday paid tribute to women in his country for their contribution to the island's progress and economic development. Full text...

  • Int'l Women's Day: IIED. UNFPA highlight need to promote gender equality
    08 march 2012 15:11:54
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Residents of low-income and informal urban settlements suffer mostly from inadequate living conditions and limited access to services, which put a disproportionate burden on women's unpaid time and results in far-reaching consequences for their well-being, according to a new research. Full text...

  • International Women's Day: IOM seeks safer migration for rural women
    08 march 2012 09:06:19
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Thursday called on the international community to implement measures aimed at ensuring safer migration for rural women. Full text...

  • Equality Now urges integration of women’s rights in post-revolution Egypt
    08 march 2012 08:53:57
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Equality Now, an international lobby for women and girls' rights, Thursday expressed concern that Egyptian women’s rights were eroding in the post-revolution era and called on Egyptian authorities to support the demands of its women on International Women’s Day. Full text...

  • International Women’s Day: Global church coalition urges promotion of gender equality
    08 march 2012 07:25:29
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Gender equality is central to meeting the needs of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people - men and women alike - according to a new ACT Alliance report launched Thursday to mark International Women’s Day. Full text...

  • UN chief wants rural women empowered for better society
    07 march 2012 19:48:23
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Wednesday joined other senior UN officials on the eve of the International Women’s Day in highlighting the potential of rural women to improve the well-being of entire societies if given equal access to resources and set free from the discrimination and exploitation that hold them back. Full text...

  • IFJ, partners call for an end to “gender pay gap in journalism”
    07 march 2012 15:26:08
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A new report, jointly published by the global media rights body, International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), and WageIndicator, has called for an end to “persisting gender pay gap in journalism”, as the world celebrates this year’s “International Women's Day”, on 8 March. Full text...

  • Ban wants barriers against women's economic empowerment removed
    07 march 2012 08:22:32
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for greater efforts to remove barriers that hinder women’s full participation in the economy, citing lack of access to jobs, markets, credit and property as some of the impediments. Full text...

  • UN official calls for women's political participation through quotas
    02 march 2012 22:15:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), on Friday highlighted the role of quotas to accelerate women’s political participation, saying more hands-on measures are needed to achieve significant progress on this issue. Full text...

  • UN Women to provide US$10.5m in grants for empowerment projects
    02 march 2012 11:47:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Entity for Gender and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) has said it will provide US$10.5 million in grants to organizations working to advance economic and political empowerment of women in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe and Central Asia. Full text...

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