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  • UN Security Council steps up fight against sexual violence
    17 december 2010 18:25:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Friday called on the international community to publicly list perpetrators of sexual violence in conflicts with a view to punishing them severely. Full text...

  • Rights group urges Tanzania to save girls from genital mutilation
    09 december 2010 18:28:28
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - An international human rights group has asked authorities in Tanzania to save about 5,000 girls who are likely to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) this holiday season in the north-eastern Mara Region, where ethnic groups cling to the antiquated practice. Full text...

  • UN official calls for access to justice for women
    08 december 2010 16:24:05
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Anne Marie Goetz, the Chief Adviser on Governance, Peace and Security at the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), Wednesday called for greater access to justice for women in both national and international judicial systems. Full text...

  • 339 rape victims "rejected" back home in DRC
    07 december 2010 14:03:27
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Raped and deported from Angola along with thousands of many others, a group of 339 Congolese women remain without assistance in their own country, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the communication officer of Caritas/Development, Jean-Pierre Kamuonii, told the press here Tuesday. Full text...

  • 10 African countries elected board members of UN Women
    11 november 2010 07:52:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- 10 African countries have been elected to serve on the Exe cutive Board of the newly-established UN Women. Full text...

  • UN official calls for probe of rape cases in Angola, DRC
    08 november 2010 17:56:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Ms. Full text...

  • Nouakchott workshop highlights access to water, land for Sahel women
    06 november 2010 19:40:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- A workshop, organized in Nouakchott by the Afric an Network for Integrated Development (RADI) and the Network of Civil Society Or g anizations for the Promotion of Citizenship (RPC), has highlighted the need for w omen in Mauritania, Niger and Senegal to have access to water and land, PANA rep o rted here Saturday. Full text...

  • Gambian women's rights activists lament plight of female prisoners
    05 november 2010 19:15:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The chair of the Gambia Committee on Traditional Practic es Affecting the Health of Women and Children (GAMCOTRAP), Dr. Full text...

  • Research shows women own 2% of arable lands in West, Central Africa
    05 november 2010 16:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Although responsible for about 80 per cent of the agricu ltural production for the supply of households and markets, women own less than t wo per cent of arable lands in West and Central Africa. Full text...

  • Trial of Gambia's gender activists opens
    04 november 2010 18:00:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The trial of the Executive Director and the Programme Co ordinator of the Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health o f Women and Children (GAMCOTRAP), commenced Thursday at the Banjul Magistratesâ? Court, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • ICRC says sexual violence is a war crime
    02 november 2010 19:08:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) Tuesd ay said sexual violence is a war crime and should not take a back seat to broade r reconciliation measures and political reform. Full text...

  • WB concerned over gender inequalities in Africa
    01 november 2010 19:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The global financial body, the World Bank (WB), Monday s aid "gender inequalities remain a concern" in African labour markets despite var i ations from one country to another, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Organisation makes case for empowerment of Arab women
    31 october 2010 12:52:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The Arab Women Organisation (AWO) has said that in spite of the progress made by Arab women, much still need to be done to ensure that they take their ri ghtful place in the society. Full text...

  • Group blames Angola for bodily search on Congolese women
    28 october 2010 14:14:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Chair of the Provincial Synergy for the fight agains t sexual violence in Bandundu, Congo, Andre Gipoy, has bemoaned the alleged rigo r ous bodily search conducted on 240 Congolese women deported from Angola during t h e first half of the year. Full text...

  • UN expert calls for social protection to address gender inequalities
    25 october 2010 21:10:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN Independent Expert on Extreme Poverty, Ms. Full text...

  • UN chief highlights women's role in peacebuilding efforts
    22 october 2010 15:19:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has stressed the need to involve women in peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding efforts. Full text...

  • Gambia urged to withdraw case against leading gender activists
    21 october 2010 19:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Rights groups, under the umbrella of The Coalition for H uman Rights in Gambia, on Thursday called for "the withdrawal ofâ? an alleged th eft case against two leading gender activists, Dr. Full text...

  • UN report says violence against women a global issue
    21 october 2010 16:15:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- A UN report Thursday said violence against women remained widespread across the world, compounded by traditions and customary practices that determine the way women are treated in families, places of work and communities. Full text...

  • UNFPA report links peace, security to women's empowerment
    20 october 2010 18:53:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said "when women have acces s to the same rights and opportunities as men, they are more resilient to confli c t and disaster and can lead reconstruction and renewal efforts in their societie s . Full text...

  • Detained Gambian gender, rights activists granted bail
    20 october 2010 18:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Gambian High Court on Wednesday granted bail to the Executive Director and Programme Coordinator of the Gambia Committee for Traditi o nal Practices (GAMCOTRAP), Dr. Full text...

  • Leading Gambian rights, gender defender denounces government
    19 october 2010 19:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Mrs. Full text...

  • Mauritius to launch African Women's Decade 2010-2020
    19 october 2010 16:48:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius will Thursday launch the African Womenâ ?s Decade 2010-2020, under the theme "Gender Equality and Womenâ?s Empowerment: A Bottom up Approach", PANA reported from here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gambian opposition leader condemns detention of gender activists
    18 october 2010 16:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The opposition Gambia Moral Congress (GMC) party on Sunday condemned the arrest and detention of two prominent gender activists and rights defenders, Dr. Full text...

  • Kibaki wants bigger leadership roles for African women
    16 october 2010 12:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki on Friday called upon African governments to consider empowering women through increased participation in decision-making at all levels of leadership. Full text...

  • Wa Mutharika roots for African women's empowerment
    16 october 2010 09:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Gender and women's empowerment form the foundation of sustainable development in Africa, the Chairman of African Union, Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has said. Full text...

  • Remanded Gambian gender activists file bail application
    15 october 2010 19:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Lawyers defending Gambia's prominent gender activists, D r. Full text...

  • ISS welcomes launch of African Women's Decade 2010-2020
    15 october 2010 14:21:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The South Africa-based Institute for Security S tudies (ISS) has affirmed its commitment to advancing gender equality and Africa n Women's empowerment following the launch, on Friday, of the African Women's Dec a de (2010-2020). Full text...

  • European MPs want mass raping in DRC ended
    15 october 2010 13:50:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Parliament has adopted a resolution call ing for the end to rapes and other human rights violations in the DR Congo, acco r ding to a communique handed to the press in Brussels, the Belgian capital. Full text...

  • "Stone-baby" woman finally bears baby-boy
    14 october 2010 19:08:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A 22-year-old Malawian woman from the southern distric t of Mulanje, who made headlines some two years after claiming to have given 'bi r th' to a stone, has finally given birth to a boy, health authorities confirmed t o PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • UN panel urges support for sexual violence victims in DRC
    14 october 2010 14:41:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- A high-level panel convened by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to hear directly from victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has called for 'adequate' support to the victims. Full text...

  • UN committee decries rise in violence against women
    12 october 2010 19:35:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The Vice-Chair of the UN Committee on the Elimination of D iscrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Ms. Full text...

  • Gambia women's rights activists charged with theft
    11 october 2010 21:43:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Two officials of the Gambian NGO, Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (GAMCOTRAP), were on Monday charged with theft before Principal Magistrate Emmanuel Nkea of the Banjul Magistrate's Court. Full text...

  • Forum calls for global partnership against human trafficking
    07 october 2010 16:15:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- A UN-backed forum have called for global cooperation between countries to fight human trafficking and ensure the enforcement of anti-trafficking laws. Full text...

  • Group launches report on women, media
    30 september 2010 17:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The gender-based group, Inter-African Network for Women, Media, Gender and Development (FAMEDEV), on Wednesday launched the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) report at the organization’s office in Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • UN boosts number of women in peacekeeping operations
    30 september 2010 15:47:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN Police Adviser, Ann-Marie Orler, said that the organization's initiative to boost the number of female police officers deployed in peacekeeping missions around the globe was recording "significant" progress. Full text...

  • Research says women under-represented in news media
    29 september 2010 14:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) – A research finding under G-lobal Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) Wednesday revealed that “women are still greatly under-represented and poorly represented in the coverage by the news media” and that the media “remains largely male”. Full text...

  • UN chief tasks member states on women's role in peace making
    25 september 2010 20:01:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Saturday urged UN mem ber states to make concerted efforts to involve women in promoting peace and security. Full text...

  • Two Malian women promoted to rank of Brigadier-General
    24 september 2010 20:14:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure has promoted two wom en to the rank of Brigadier-General on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of t h e country's independence which fell last Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN Women to champion gender equality
    24 september 2010 17:13:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Ms. Full text...

  • UN moves to save plight of women, children
    22 september 2010 18:42:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday launched a mass ive drive to save the lives of over 16 million women and children, with more tha n US$ 40 billion already committed to scale up health services worldwide. Full text...

  • African ministers salute UN Women's boss
    19 september 2010 08:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Ministers and representatives of civil society organizat ions at a sub-regional forum held here Friday have congratulated Michelle Bachel e t, the newly-appointed Under Secretary-General of UN Women on her new post. Full text...

  • Gambian Vice-President women involved in peace process
    18 september 2010 08:18:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Isatou Njie-Saidy, Gambian Vice-President, on Friday outlined the progress made by the West African nation towards implementing the UN Security Council resolution on women’s rights saying her government has done a lot towards ensuring the full participation and representation of women in peace process. Full text...

  • Sub-regional women want body on governance
    18 september 2010 08:16:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Women delegates representing the Mano River Union (MRU) countries on Friday called for the establishment of a sub-regional governance structure that will monitor democratic culture and non-violence in elections. Full text...

  • ECOWAS backs UN resolution on women's role in peace, security
    18 september 2010 08:07:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Friday adopted the Dakar Declaration that gives women equal participation and full involvement in all peace and security issues in compliance with a landmark UN Security Council resolution. Full text...

  • UN official to tackle discrimination against women
    16 september 2010 17:14:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The newly-appointed head of UN Women, Ms. Full text...

  • UN Women's chief to tackle discrimination against females
    16 september 2010 16:59:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The newly-appointed head of UN Women, Ms. Full text...

  • UNFPA welcomes Bachelet as head of UN Women
    15 september 2010 23:48:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has welcomed the UN Secretary-Generalâ?s appointment of Michelle Bachelet to head UN Women. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministers discuss gender issues
    15 september 2010 22:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- West African ministers in charge of gender issues, as well as women organizations, on Wednesday started a forum devoted to taking stock of the participation of women in the region in conflict prevention, peace-building and maintenance. Full text...

  • Former Chilean president named head of UN Women
    14 september 2010 15:43:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, Tuesday congratulated the former President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet Jeria, on her nomination as the head of UN Women, a new entity to accelerate progress in meeting the needs of women and girls worldwide. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for more funding to make women literate
    09 september 2010 12:54:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for more fundi ng and advocacy to improve literacy rates among women across the world. Full text...

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