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  • Nigerian women want Senator husband of Egyptian minor prosecuted
    04 may 2010 08:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The last may not have been heard of the marriage of former governor of the 'pro-Islamic' Zamfara State, Alhaji Sani Ahmed Yerima, to a 13-year-old Egyptian minor as Nigerian women have called for the prosecution of the husband, the Sun newspaper reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN official calls for end to sexual violence
    28 april 2010 17:00:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Fresh from her visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which she described as the "rape capital of the world", a senior UN official Wednesday urged the UN Security Council to make the prevention of sexual violence a top priority. Full text...

  • Report says sexual violence against women a weapon of war
    21 april 2010 15:16:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Sexual violence against women was used as a weapon of war in most armed conflicts in 2009, researchers in Spain said. Full text...

  • Canadian General Governor pleads for gender parity in DR Congo
    19 april 2010 17:15:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The General Governor of Canada, Mrs. Full text...

  • UN calls for more investment on women
    19 april 2010 16:03:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migi ro, has called for greater investment to ensure the health and well being of wom e n. Full text...

  • UN mission visits Guinean women victims of 28 Sept. crack-down
    14 march 2010 19:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Civil society organizations, members of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) task force, set up by the United Nations office for West Afr i ca (UNOWA) will, from Monday, carry out a solidarity mission to Guinean women vi c tims of the tragic 28 September crack down at the Conakry stadium. Full text...

  • Sociologist launches survey on integration of Senegalese women in peacekeeping
    08 march 2010 23:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) â" A survey by Senegalese so-ciologist, Mrs Fatou Sow Sarr , which focuses on strengthening of capacities of women to keep peace and securi t y was launched in Dakar on Monday as part of activities marking international wo m en's day. Full text...

  • Mauritania urged to take up challenge of gender equality
    08 march 2010 21:14:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The European Union ambassador and head of delega tion to Nouakchott, Hans-Georg Gerstenlauer, on Monday urged all Mauritanians to take up the challenge of gender equality in the country. Full text...

  • Mauritian govt. to construct hospital for women
    08 march 2010 19:02:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Premier Navin Ramgoolam announced here on Monday that the government would construction a specialized hospital for wome n , lamenting that too many women die from diseases that could be treated. Full text...

  • Int'l Women's Day: Benin pays tribute to female media workers
    08 march 2010 18:57:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- On the occasion of the celebration of the 15th Internati onal Women's Day, observed worldwide Monday, the Union of media workers in Benin (SYNAPROMEB) seized the occasion to pay tribute to Beninese female media workers for their contributions to the revival of the press in their country. Full text...

  • UNHCR chief stresses need for equality
    08 march 2010 17:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As UNHCR offices around the world marked the Internationa l Women's Day on Monday, High Commissioner for Refugees Antأ³nio Guterres, said i t was vital that women should be given equal opportunities and are able to reali s e their individual rights on an equal basis. Full text...

  • Libyan women unaware of their rights, says woman parliamentarian
    08 march 2010 16:48:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan women will have themselves to blame if they canno t assert their rights and privileges, which are already guaranteed by the countr y 's laws, according to a member of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), Ms. Full text...

  • EU envoy decries lack of progress toward gender balance
    08 march 2010 15:13:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The European Unionâ?s top official tasked with m onitoring the status of women has decried the lack of progress in ensuring women around the world enjoyed equal treatment with their male counterparts. Full text...

  • Violence against women persists in Africa, says Women's group
    08 march 2010 15:02:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The International Womenâ?s Day was marked Monday amid complaints that more than half of the 53 African states have failed to gua r antee the protection of women against all forms of violence with millions still v ictims of conflicts. Full text...

  • Mauritania pardons female detainees on Int'l Women's Day
    08 march 2010 14:46:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Four Mauritanian female detainees were Monday par doned by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on the occasion of the international w omen's day celebrated 8 March, official sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • 'Equal rights, opportunities for women and girls essential for better health'
    08 march 2010 14:29:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Director-General of the World Health Organisation (W HO), Dr. Full text...

  • Zambia commemorates International Women's Day
    08 march 2010 11:42:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia Monday joined the rest of the world in commemorat ing the International Women's Day observed 8 March annually, with various activities planned in the ca pital city, Lusaka. Full text...

  • 'Education key to achieving gender equality'
    08 march 2010 09:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- On the occasion of the International Womenâ?s day, bein g marked across the world Monday, education of the girl child has been described as a key element that will accelerates the promotion of equal opportunities for women across Africa. Full text...

  • Organisation urges govts to revoke sex discriminatory laws
    06 march 2010 09:46:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- In recognition of International Women's Day, i nternational human rights organization 'Equality Now' will launch its Beijing + 15 campaign urging governments to revoke sex discriminatory laws with the release of its report, 'Words and Deeds: Holding Governments Accountable in the Beijing +15 Review Process'. Full text...

  • UNESCO lines up events for celebration of Int'l Women's Day
    05 march 2010 15:43:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- UNESCO has lined up a number of programmes and events for the celebration of the International Womenâ?s Day on 8 March, with a series of events at its headquarters in Paris, France, from 8 to 19 March, PANA reported F r iday. Full text...

  • 'Percentage of women in Angolan parliament meets international standard'
    05 march 2010 11:12:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The number of women in the Angolan National Assembly repre sents 39 per cent of the total number of parliamentarians in the country and the figure meets the world's established quota, according to a report from the Angol a n News Agency (ANGOP). Full text...

  • UN celebrates Women's Day
    04 march 2010 17:00:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- As delegates from around the world gathered at the United Nations headquarters in New York, US, to commemorate the International Women's D a y, the awkward timing of a US court decision to shield a former UN employee from allegations of sexual harassment did not go unnoticed. Full text...

  • International bodies kick off discussion on gender parity in Africa
    04 march 2010 07:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Millennium Campaign, Femnet and Oxfam GB announce d here Thursday the commencement of a series of global conversations to discuss the status of the promises world lea ders have made to women in the Millennium Development Goals. Full text...

  • Migiro tasks member states on gender equality
    03 march 2010 17:00:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN Deputy Secretary-General, Asha-Rose Migiro, has cal led on UN member states to close the gap between the formulation of laws and the realities of gender inequity. Full text...

  • ActionAid calls on govts to support women in fight against hunger
    03 march 2010 12:49:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- International aid agency ActionAid has called on governments to put women's rights on the frontline in the fight against hunge r. Full text...

  • UN official says Beijing Platform vital to gender action
    02 march 2010 14:44:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- An outcome document adopted at the end of the Fourth Worl d Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, known as the Beijing Platform for Action, "continues to guide o ur action today" in the global efforts for the full realization of women's rights, a senior UN official said here Tuesd ay. Full text...

  • Migiro praises women groups for advancing gender equality
    02 march 2010 10:39:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Deputy UN Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro has lauded wo men groups for their achievements in advancing gender equality globally. Full text...

  • Angolan women target 50/50 representation at decision-making levels
    24 february 2010 17:59:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan women, particularly in government, want to achie ve equal representation in the number of decision makers in the coming years, th e Minister of Familiy and Women Promotion, Genoveva Lino, said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Gambian Rights group advocates alternative to female genital mutilation
    10 february 2010 18:56:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Gambian Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (GAMCOTRAP), in partnership with Yolocamba Sol i daridad of Spain on Wednesday held a one-day conference on Generating Alternativ e s to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Full text...

  • Gambia to host sub-regional meeting on Female Genital Mutilation
    09 february 2010 19:00:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (GAMCOTRAP), a women's rights organization, in p artnership with the Yolocamba Solidaridad and the region of Madrid in Spain, wil l host a sub-regional meeting here Wednesday aimed at fashioning alternatives to f emale genital mutilation (FGM). Full text...

  • Women in Mauritius demand greater political voice
    04 february 2010 22:37:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) â" Women human rights- activists in Mauritius, unde r the umbrella Women in Politics (WIP), on Thursday asked political parties to f i eld women as one-third of their candidates in the next general elections. Full text...

  • AU creates fund for African women
    02 february 2010 19:10:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The heads of state and government who participate d in the 14th African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, have announced the creation of a fund meant for African women. Full text...

  • UNIFEM announces US$9 mln new grants to empower women
    12 january 2010 21:10:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- A new fund managed by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) has announced over US$9 million in grants to support initiatives in 26 countries to empower women. Full text...

  • EU deplores marginalization of Beninese women
    21 december 2009 16:20:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The head of the delegation of the European Union, Ms. Full text...

  • 60 circumcisers abandon knife (Corrected)
    08 december 2009 12:45:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- GAMCOTRAP, an NGO that promotes women's social, politi cal, economic and cultural rights and focuses on sexual and reproductive health r ights on Monday marked the symbolic abandonment of the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) practice. Full text...

  • 60 circumcisers abandon knife
    08 december 2009 12:21:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- GAMCOTRAP, a womanâ?s Rights NGO that promotes womenâ? s social, political, economic and cultural rights and focuses on sexual and repr o ductive health rights on Monday marked the symbolic abandonment of the Female Ge n ital Mutilation (FGM) practice. Full text...

  • 60 circumcisers abandon knife
    08 december 2009 10:52:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- GAMCOTRAP, a womanâ?s Rights NGO that promotes womenâ? s social, political, economic and cultural rights and focuses on sexual and repr o ductive health rights on Monday marked the symbolic abandonment of the Female Ge n ital Mutilation (FGM) practice. Full text...

  • Libya holds roundtable on right of Libyan women to citizenship
    02 december 2009 23:12:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Several participants from the education sector, state in stitutions concerned by social and women's affairs and civil society organisations on Wedne sday took part in a round table in Tripoli on "The right of Libyan women to have full citizenshipâ?. Full text...

  • Gambian women rights group to honour ex-circumcisers
    02 december 2009 21:59:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambia women rights group, The Gambia Committee on Tradi tional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (GAMCOTRAP) will Sat u rday honour ex-circumcisers and their communities at the Basse Stadium in the Up p er River Region. Full text...

  • DR Congo women suggest way out of gender-based violence
    26 november 2009 15:42:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Women from different provinces of the Democratic Rep ublic of Congo (DRC) here on Wednesday officially presented the national strateg y document on gender-based violence, PANA reported from. Full text...

  • Gambia trains women on peace, conflict prevention
    25 november 2009 20:20:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The West Africa Network for Peace-Building (WANEP) Wednesday began a two-day capacity-building training for women in peace-building and conflict prevention. Full text...

  • About 1,000 women expected at Third Black Women's Congress
    24 november 2009 23:09:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- At least 1,000 women from across the globe are expec ted at the Third Black Women's Congress slated for 28 November to 3 December in K inshasa. Full text...

  • African woman poised to shape own destiny, says Gambian VP
    22 november 2009 08:11:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Gambian Vice President, Mrs. Full text...

  • Banjul gender conference proposes key strategies to empower African women
    19 november 2009 21:54:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) â" Experts, civil soc-iety organizations and other key stakeholders in womenâ?s empowerment and gender equality issues have agreed to improve the lives of African women, a UN ECA press lease said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Gambia, firm believer in gender mainstreaming, says VP
    19 november 2009 18:59:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Gambia is a firm believer in the importance of gende r mainstreaming and the promotion of gender equality, especially for women, Vice President Isatou Njie-Saidy has said. Full text...

  • Ping charges govts to implement Beijing Platform on women
    19 november 2009 18:54:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Chairperson, African Union Commission, Dr. Full text...

  • Women are equal in policy, decision making, says UN top shot
    19 november 2009 18:50:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Beijing Platform for Action not only emphasises achi eving equality, womenâ?s political and economic empowerment and eliminating disc rimination but also focuses on the integration of women as full and equal partne r s in all policies and decision-making processes, a senior United Nations Officia l said. Full text...

  • Gender activists want female candidate for AU Commission
    18 november 2009 18:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) â" Gender activists meeting -in Banjul, the Gambia, have c alled for â?deliberate effortsâ? towards the nomination of female candidates fo r African Union Commission chair â?as a sign of equal sharing of leadership and responsibilities for delivering on the development agendaâ? on the continent, ac cording to a statement received here by PANA Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sudanese women seek int'l support over repressive laws against them
    17 november 2009 14:17:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Sudanese women Tuesday called on the African human right s system to assist them reform the repressive laws back home in Sudan. Full text...

  • African regional conference on women opens in Gambia
    16 november 2009 15:36:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The United Nations Commission for Africas has called on governments and the international community to prioritise achievements of gender equality and womenâ? rights because this was essential for reducing poverty and promoting growth. Full text...

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