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  • 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...

  • '47.6% of women in Tunisia are the object of at least a form of violence'
    01 march 2012 22:42:58
    Tunis,Tunisia (PANA) – A national survey on violence to women in Tunisia carried out in 2010 has revealed that 47.6% of women have been subjected to, at least, one form of violence in their life. Full text...

  • Migiro calls for systematic strategies to empower women in rural areas
    28 february 2012 16:24:10
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro on Tuesday called for systematic and comprehensive strategies to empower women in rural areas to maximize their potential to combat extreme poverty and hunger, and help them facilitate sustainable development in their communities. Full text...

  • UN experts task Morocco on gender equity policies
    22 february 2012 14:37:47
    New York, US (PANA) - Independent UN human rights experts on Wednesday called on Morocco to consolidate and advance the country’s achievements on women’s rights by tackling gaps in its legal framework which put women at a disadvantage, saying that, ``domestic and migrant workers are at higher risk of having their rights violated''. Full text...

  • IOM paints gloomy picture for trafficked Ugandan women
    17 february 2012 17:42:31
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The international Organization on Migration (IOM) on Friday said that while trafficking of Ugandan women to Asia has increased recently, those already rescued and brought back home are subjected to a worse practice. Full text...

  • UN chief calls on countries to listen to voices of women, youth
    16 february 2012 19:10:22
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday stressed the need Full text...

  • Brazzaville hosts Central African young feminist forum
    16 february 2012 10:42:09
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - A three-day young feminist forum for Central African countries got underway in Brazzaville, Congo, Wednesday with 40 young women from Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Central African Republic and Chad participating, PANA reports from here. Full text...

  • Migiro calls for economic empowerment of women
    14 february 2012 21:26:24
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro on Tuesday Full text...

  • Stakeholders unite to end Female Genital Mutilation in Sudan in 2018
    07 february 2012 17:26:19
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese religious scholars, senior journalists and doctors held a special event here on Tuesday in a show of solidarity with the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), observed globally on 6 February. Full text...

  • Economic empowerment of women, my priority - UN official
    03 february 2012 08:16:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Director of UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Ms. Michelle Bachelet, said on Thursday that her priority this year is to enhance the economic empowerment and political participation of women. Full text...

  • Ban calls for more investment in women's education, health
    27 january 2012 08:41:23
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on business leaders attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to increase their investment in women’s education and health, to ensure their well-being and encourage their participation in the world economy. Full text...

  • ITU launches web portal to help women pursue ICT careers
    25 january 2012 06:04:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has launched a new web portal focusing on helping girls and women to access job opportunities, training and career advice in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. Full text...

  • Workshop calls for institutions to support battered women
    19 december 2011 20:50:21
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A workshop in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on the psychological and social support for battered women has called for institutional suppoty for victims of the inhumane act. Full text...

  • UN expert urges greater efforts to tackle violence against Somali women
    16 december 2011 20:44:09
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Rashida Manjoo, the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, on Friday called for greater efforts to improve the plight of women in Somalia, thousands of whom remain extremely vulnerable to discrimination and violence. Full text...

  • Migiro urges eradication of sexual violence in Great Lakes region
    16 december 2011 16:02:59
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro has stressed that efforts to restore peace and stability in Africa’s Great Lakes region will not come to fruition unless the scourge of sexual violence is completely eradicated and justice systems are strengthened to end impunity. Full text...

  • Africans urged to unite to tackle crises
    15 december 2011 11:24:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Director of international organization Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS), Bineta Diop, has urged Africans to come together to deal with the various crises that are having a negative impact on the continent. Full text...

  • Congolese women urged to be involved in public affairs management
    27 november 2011 10:59:20
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The coordinator of the UNESCO Chair in Science Education, Prof. Samuel Mawete, has called for the involvement of Congolese women in the management of public affairs. Full text...

  • UN envoy urges solidarity with sexual violence survivors
    25 november 2011 20:50:49
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Ms. Margot Wallstrom, on Friday marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women with a call for solidarity with the survivors of sexual violence in conflict throughout the world. Full text...

  • UN chief tasks youths on ending violence against women
    23 november 2011 20:43:49
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called for engaging all of society, especially young people, to end violence against women, a scourge that spans the globe and takes many forms, including rape, domestic violence and harassment at work. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for more donations to end violence against women
    22 november 2011 21:17:38
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Full text...

  • "Equality Now" names global director
    22 november 2011 16:47:18
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Equality Now, an international non-governmental organization (NGO), working to protect the human rights of women around the world, Tuesday announced the appointment of Yasmeen Hassan as its Global Director. Full text...

  • UN special representative for sexual abuse visits Côte-d’Ivoire
    22 november 2011 16:37:52
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations for the fight against sexual violence in armed conflict, Margot Wallström, arrived in Abidjan, the Ivorian capital, Monday. Full text...

  • Migiro wants more women in senior UN positions
    18 november 2011 18:05:31
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro on Friday called for greater effort to raise the number of women holding senior positions at the UN, saying that the majority of them remain in the lower ranks although more women are now being hired to fill management posts. Full text...

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