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  • UN chief calls for more women participation in peace, security issues
    28 october 2011 15:54:59
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called for the involvement of more women in conflict prevention and mediation, saying ``their participation is essential to building blocks in reinforcing democracy''. Full text...

  • Action plan adopted on women's access to judicial services
    27 october 2011 11:08:27
    Lomé,Togo (PANA) - A meeting on the women's access to legal and judicial services in Africa, held in Lome, Togo, has adopted an eight-year (2012-2020) Action Plan. Full text...

  • UN expert calls for integration of gender perspective in criminal justice systems
    22 october 2011 11:21:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Ms. Gabriela Knaul has called for the integration of a gender perspective into countries’ criminal justice systems to ensure women are not "ruled out of the law. Full text...

  • UNCTAD denounces hindrances to women entrepreneurs
    19 october 2011 21:08:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has denounced hindrances to women entrepreneurship in developing countries in its 2011 report on the information economy launched on Wednesday in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • UN chief wants access to productive resources for rural women
    14 october 2011 21:06:02
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called on the Full text...

  • Senegalese woman wins 2011 WWSR Award
    14 october 2011 14:03:08
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The president of Senegalese NGO, Association femme enfant environnement (AFEE), Seynabou Tall Wade, on Thursday in Geneva, Switzerland, received the 2011 distinction award for her role in protecting the interest of underprivileged women and children in the rural areas. Full text...

  • UN expert tasks member states on prevention of violence against women
    11 october 2011 21:24:34
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Rashida Manjoo, the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, on Tuesday said that violence against women across the world continued to be pervasive and widespread and reminded member states of their obligation under international law to protect women. Full text...

  • UN hails Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, 2 others for Nobel Peace Prize
    08 october 2011 14:15:14
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has hailed Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee, a Liberian peace activist, and Tawakkul Karman, a pro-democracy activist from Yemen, for jointly winning the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. Full text...

  • APP congratulates Nobel Peace Prize winners
    08 october 2011 10:15:56
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Africa Progress Panel (APP) has welcomed the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee and Yemeni rights activist Tawakkul Karman. Full text...

  • Clinton, ECOWAS congratulate Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, 2 others
    07 october 2011 19:49:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - More encomiums have continued to pour in for the three women winners of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winners, Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Liberian peace activist Leymah Roberta Gbowee, and Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman. Full text...

  • AU congratulates 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
    07 october 2011 19:02:45
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) on Friday congratulated Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, a joint winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Full text...

  • Sarkozy congratulates 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winners
    07 october 2011 18:49:00
    Paris, France (PANA) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Friday congratulated the three women winners of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, saying that one of them, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, was a symbol of the rise of democracy in Africa. Full text...

  • UNESCO forum tackles disparities in girls education
    03 october 2011 18:25:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), on Monday kicked off a two-day meeting in Paris, France, devoted to gender inequality in classroom achievement and on women’s leadership role in education. Full text...

  • Mauritanian women demand equal representation in governance
    03 october 2011 13:58:48
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - A group of Mauritanian women have called for gender equality at elective offices and in senior government positions, according to their letter which was made available to PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • UNDP, Norway support gender equality in Angola
    29 september 2011 17:09:48
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Norwegian government will support gender equality and women promotion in Angola through the financial agreement signed Wednesday, in Luanda. Full text...

  • South Sudan, others receive UN grant to end violence against women
    29 september 2011 14:56:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Newly independent South Sudan and 34 other countries were Thursday awarded grants by UN Women to fight violence against women. Full text...

  • Women still face hurdles in business - WB
    27 september 2011 12:05:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Women still face legal and regulatory hurdles to fully participate in the economy in most countries across the globe, a new report by the World Bank has said. Full text...

  • UN chief says sexual violence a threat to peace, security
    23 september 2011 14:27:52
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday said that sexual violence in conflict represents a threat to peace and security and is not just a health or human rights issue. Full text...

  • Gender equality is smart economics - WB
    20 september 2011 17:16:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The World Bank has said in a new report that while gender equality matters in its own right, it is also 'smart economics'. Full text...

  • UNICEF says gaps between boys, girls in developing countries widening
    14 september 2011 15:27:26
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday Full text...

  • Sub-regional Muslim specialists meet on Female Genital Mutilation
    13 september 2011 17:04:34
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - About 60 scientists from eight Islamic countries in West Africa Monday began talks at a sub-regional conference on "Islam and Female Genital Mutilations (FGM)", official sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • UNESCO, partners to promote education for young women
    08 september 2011 15:45:35
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO and the multinational consumer product company, Procter and Gamble’s Always brand, have launched a partnership to promote literacy for young girls and women, according to a UNESCO press statement issued here Thursday. Full text...

  • UN official expresses concern on reports of rape in Somalia
    11 august 2011 18:21:16
    New York, US PANA) - Ms. Margot Wallstrom, the Special Representative of the UN Full text...

  • NGOs condemn resurgence of gang rapes in Senegal
    08 august 2011 21:07:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Advocacy Committee on Violence against Women, which brings together about 15 civil society organisations, on Monday condemned the resurgence of gang rapes in Senegal. Full text...

  • Angolan official shows solidarity with Somali women
    01 august 2011 15:36:32
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The vice chairperson of the Pan-African Women’s Organisation (PAWO) for southern Africa, Carolina Cerqueira of Angola, Sunday expressed her solidarity with African women facing serious societal problems, such as Somali women and others in the horn of Africa. Full text...

  • Burundi struggles with poor family planning practices
    20 july 2011 21:08:11
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The rate of women resorting to modern contraceptive methods to control births or limit unwanted pregnancies, stood at only 20% in 2010 nationwide. Full text...

  • Gambian NGO intensifies battle against FGM
    15 july 2011 16:33:45
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (GAMCOTRAP) is gaining ground in the battle against female genital mutilation (FGM), with several communities in the West African nation abandoning the practice, PANA reported from here Friday. Full text...

  • Malian children seek dialogue between sub-region's chidren's parliaments
    14 july 2011 17:17:59
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian Children’s Parliament on Thursday urged the international community to create a framework for dialogue, exchange and sharing of experiences between the different children's parliaments in the West-African sub-region and the world. Full text...

  • Gambian VP says investing in women solves world’s problem
    12 july 2011 17:58:58
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambian Vice-President Isatou Njie-Saidy, has called for the empowerment of women and girls, emphasizing that “investing in women and girls is cost-effective and essential to solving the world’s most challenging problems,” PANA reported from here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Plan International CEO to visit Bamako Wednesday
    12 july 2011 14:46:56
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Chief Executive Officer of Plan International, Nigel Chapman, will embark on a working visit to Mali from Wednesday, the NGO’s country office in Mali told PANA here. Full text...

  • France urges UN to protect Congolese women from rape
    08 july 2011 21:42:38
    Paris, France (PANA) – France on Friday called on the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Congo (MONUSCO) to intensify its collaboration with the Congolese authorities and civil society to prevent the resurgence of rape in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • UN report urges better legal access for women
    06 july 2011 19:07:12
    New York, US (PANA) - A report by UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), on Wednesday said governments around the world had not done enough to guarantee equality before the law for women and should rescind legislation that limits the access of women to legal systems. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for more women in national parliaments
    30 june 2011 17:02:24
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday said that it was time to make ``faster and wider progress'' in promoting the participation of women in all levels of society, including democratic institutions. Full text...

  • UN official says empowering women is a boost to MDGs' targets
    28 june 2011 16:59:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Director, UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Michelle Bachelet, said Tuesday that empowering women and advancing their rights were not only the right thing to do but they could lead to progress on a range of issues, including the fight against poverty, hunger and violence. Full text...

  • UN chief urges societies to empower widows
    23 june 2011 19:43:30
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged societies to ease the hardship that widows endure when their husbands die by respecting their rights to social entitlements as access to inheritance, land tenure, employment and other means of livelihood. Full text...

  • 'Women account for 13% of Liberian security forces'
    19 june 2011 10:23:43
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Thirteen per cent of the Liberian security forces are women, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf said Friday in Dakar, Senegal, as she was awarded the Africa Prize for excellence for the genre, "African Gender Award 2011" on the sidelines of the 4th International Conference on Gender which ended Saturday with what is called the "Dakar Declaration". Full text...

  • Senegalese president pays tribute to Liberian counterpart
    18 june 2011 13:45:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – In a tribute to Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, winner of the African gender award 2011, Senegalese leader, Abdoulaye Wade, said the Liberian president had succeeded in changing mentalities in her country which was destroyed for several years of civil war. Full text...

  • Jury eulogises women as Liberian leader wins gender award
    18 june 2011 13:15:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – "If women are empowered, the world will be a better place to manage," the president of the jury for the "African gender award", Mrs. Gertrude Mongella, said here Friday as the Liberian leader, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, won the 2011 prize. Full text...

  • Fourth Int'l Conference on Gender begins Friday in Dakar
    17 june 2011 18:19:09
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Fourth International Conference on parity began Friday in Dakar, chaired by the Senegalese President, Abdoulaye Wade. Full text...

  • Conference on African Women's Entrepreneurship Programme ends
    11 june 2011 14:15:05
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - A three day follow-on conference to the 2010 African Women’s Entrepreneurship Programme (AWEP) ended in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, on Friday. Full text...

  • UNFPA boss calls for prevention of gender-based violence
    10 june 2011 17:20:35
    New York, US (PANA) - Professor Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), on Friday said that stronger action must be taken to change harmful gender norms and practices and to integrate the prevention of gender-based violence into anti-HIV efforts. Full text...

  • Angola to be represented at SADC’s gender meeting
    01 june 2011 13:49:18
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Angola will be represented at the meeting of the gender ministers of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), set for 2 June in Namibia, by the Minister of Family and Women Promotion, Genoveva Lino, PANA reported, quoting the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP). Full text...

  • Access to education: UN chief outlines benefits for women
    26 may 2011 19:47:22
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-Ban Ki-moon on Thursday underlined the huge benefits societies reap from ensuring that girls and women have access to education, saying the opportunity to acquire knowledge creates a new generation of mothers who in turn raise educated and empowered young women. Full text...

  • UN chief tasks men on gender equality
    09 may 2011 14:49:50
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has challenged men to champion the cause for the empowerment of women, saying women remained ``second-class citizens" and are often subjected to violence in many societies. Full text...

  • UN, UNDP chiefs call for women's participation in decision-making
    05 may 2011 16:04:40
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday stressed the need to promote the participation of women in decision-making, noting that, "democracy and gender equality are interlinked and mutually reinforcing. Full text...

  • Great Lakes women discuss media observatory project
    02 may 2011 20:54:03
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – About 20 female journalists in the Great Lakes region on Sunday ended a four-day meeting in Bukavu, eastern DR Congo, at which they discussed the establishment of a regional media observatory for women. Full text...

  • UN commission sets stage to improve women's, children's health
    02 may 2011 18:14:40
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The UN Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health Monday concluded its second and final meeting here, agreeing to new recommendations for an unprecedented level of accountability to save lives of women and children in developing countries. Full text...

  • Tanzanian president urges global action to improve health of women, children
    01 may 2011 19:18:25
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, has called on the international community to remain mindful of the reality of poor health facing populations in developing countries, particularly on matters of women's and children's health, and take a concerted action to bring about change in tackling this challenge. Full text...

  • Burundi recorded 2,330 rape cases, 3,707 gender-based violence in 2010
    29 april 2011 14:54:21
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi's Ministry of National Solidarity, Human Rights and Gender said no fewer than 2,330 rape cases were recorded in the country in 2010, slightly more than half of what was recorded in 2009, PANA reported from here Friday. Full text...

  • ITU chief wants women to acquire more ICT skills
    28 april 2011 15:24:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Hamadoun Toure, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), on Thursday stressed the need for greater efforts to support girls and young women to acquire skills in information and communications technologies (ICTs). Full text...

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