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  • 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...

  • UN envoy calls for 'prompt prevention' of sexual violence
    15 april 2011 14:42:54
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Margot Wallstrom, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, on Friday stressed the need to prevent conflict-related sexual violence before it happens. Full text...

  • UN official commends women for promoting democracy in N/Africa
    08 april 2011 14:43:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Director of UN Women, Ms. Michelle Bachelet, on Friday commended women for their role in the pro-democracy protest movements that have swept across North Africa and the Middle East. Full text...

  • UN chief tasks universities on promoting women's empowerment
    05 april 2011 15:25:25
    Philadelphia, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called on universities around the world to help in the fight to "overcome discrimination and change perceptions about what women can and should do." Full text...

  • UN envoy commends AU's commitment to sexual violence
    01 april 2011 14:41:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Ms. Margot Wallstrom, has welcomed the commitment of the African Union (AU) to combat sexual violence on the continent. Full text...

  • Malian NGO launches book on dangers of female genital mutilation
    25 march 2011 15:55:51
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Determined to sensitize the people on the dangers of female genital mutilation (FGM), Malian NGO, "Aid for the Development of Traditional Medicine" (Aidemet), has launched a book here advocating a change of approach in the fight against excision. Full text...

  • DR Congo hosts women’s entrepreneurship fair
    17 march 2011 16:04:10
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - About 150 women have commenced an exhibition of products dedicated to women at the International Fair of Kinshasa, the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo, PANA reported from here Thursday. Full text...

  • Italy launches Nobel Prize campaign for African women
    14 march 2011 13:15:25
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Italian Cooperation, an integral part of Italy’s foreign policy, Monday announced it is working with over 30 local authorities and hundreds of personalities from the Italian and international institutional, cultural and entertainment worlds and the civil society on a campaign to promote the candidacy of African women for the Nobel Peace Prize. Full text...

  • Women's NGO calls for equal opportunities for women in the media
    08 march 2011 22:21:50
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A women's NGO, the Inter-African Network for Women, Media, Gender and Development (FAMEDEV), on Tuesday called for equal opportunities for women in the media. Full text...

  • African states urged to fast-track implementation of AU gender protocols
    08 march 2011 20:03:40
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - African countries, which have not ratified the various African Union protocols regarding gender and the rights of women, should urgently do so to preserve gender equality and equal access to education for women and girls. Full text...

  • UN chief says discrimination still persists
    08 march 2011 16:47:29
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday said despite gains made in empowering women around the world, much remainsed to be done to eliminate gender discrimination. Full text...

  • Angolan women praised for insisting on gender equality
    08 march 2011 16:00:55
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The Angolan Minister of Energy and Water, Emanuela Vieira Lopes, Tuesday praised Angolan women for their efforts in demanding their rights, gender equality and their involvement in the overall development of the country. Full text...

  • 2011 Int'l Women's Day: 'Time to make promise of equality a reality'
    07 march 2011 15:46:14
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The hopes of gender equality, expressed 100 years ago on the occasion of the maiden international women's day celebration, are still a long way from being realized despite some progress made, the UN Women Executive Director, Michelle Bachelet, said Monday in a message to mark this year's fiesta. Full text...

  • Migiro says education important to status of women
    23 february 2011 16:26:48
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Asha-Rose Migiro, on Wednesday stressed the importance of education in raising the status of women in society. Full text...

  • UN outlines strategy on women’s access to social services
    22 february 2011 17:19:34
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The United Nations and its social partners, including Angola, Tuesday commenced a meeting in New York, US, to outline a strategy to facilitate the access and participation of women in social services. Full text...

  • UNFPA to grant Congo 1.9b FCFA to support gender policy
    21 february 2011 16:27:08
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has granted about 1.9 billion CFA francs to Congo to support the gender policy of the government, an official source in Brazzaville told PANA here Monday. Full text...

  • Civil society, media women seek enforcement of texts on women's rights
    11 february 2011 18:48:32
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - African female media practitioners and those in the civil society here Thursday called on governments in the continent to enforce the texts, conventions and protocols they signed on the protection of women's rights. Full text...

  • NGO condemns marital violence in Mauritania
    08 february 2011 18:57:12
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The Reception Centre for the Victims of Marital Violence (RIHAB), a Mauritanian NGO, offered legal assistance to 130 female victims of marital violence in the country last year, the chairperson of the organization, Mrs. Toutou Mohamed Moctar Ahmed Jiddou, told PANA in an interview Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN study wants more peacekeeping action for women
    08 february 2011 18:46:17
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN study, launched on Tuesday, said that greater action is needed by UN peacekeeping missions to work with local women national authorities to increase the participation of women in peace negotiations, national security institutions and governance in post-conflict situations. Full text...

  • UN Women to boost AU fight against gender inequality
    04 february 2011 13:01:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The newly-created UN agency for gender and women affairs (UN Women) is ready to work on policies required to help implement various African Union (AU) decisions to help improve the quality of life of women and children in Africa, the agency's head said. Full text...

  • AU Summit: UN chief urges end to sexual violence against women
    31 january 2011 20:29:34
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The international community in general and men in particular must understand that sexual violence against women is a crime and that everybody has the responsibility to fight it wherever it takes place, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said here Monday. Full text...

  • UN calls for better protection for African women
    30 january 2011 14:10:50
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on Sunday called for greater protection for the African women, saying that culture and tradition should not justify the injustices made to them. Full text...

  • UN agency outlines action plan on women's rights
    25 january 2011 16:14:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Director of UN Women, Ms. Michelle Bachelet, on Tuesday laid out an action plan which is designed to promote women's rights and full participation in global issues. Full text...

  • African women agenda not pronounced at AU Summit -- Activists
    25 january 2011 14:19:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Africa’s leading gender activists said here Monday that the African Union Summit on “shared values” was weak on gender issues because no particular emphasis had been put on the protection of women in conflict and the need to create an improved environment for education. Full text...

  • Liberia wins African Gender Award 2011
    25 january 2011 09:05:24
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Liberia has won the African Gender Award 2011 for its efforts in the enhancement of women's rights with strong emphasis on girls' education, economic empowerment and legislation to curb violence against women, the award nomination committee has announced here. Full text...

  • UN report says women disadvantaged in agricultural employment
    21 january 2011 20:30:34
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  • 2011 elections: Nigeria to encourage women candidates with cash
    13 january 2011 09:22:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government is to offer financial assistance to women candidates for the 2011 general elections, as part of efforts to encourage more women to participate in politics. Full text...

  • 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...

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