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  • 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...

  • Gambia hosts African Regional Conference on Women
    13 november 2009 17:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Gambia will host the â?African Regional Conference on Womenâ?, dubbed (Beijing+15), with over 28 African ministers in charge of ge nder affairs and high level participants from some 43 countries expected to atte n d, the Addis Ababa-based Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the main organise r , said in a communiqueâ? received here by PANA Friday. Full text...

  • WHO seeks action beyond health sector to improve women's needs
    09 november 2009 19:12:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Despite considerable progress in the past decades, societies continue to fail to meet the health care needs of women at key moments of their lives, particularly in their adolescent years and in old age, a World H e alth Organisation (WHO) report has found. Full text...

  • UN agency launches initiative to end violence against women
    07 november 2009 19:13:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) has launched a campaign to mobilise people around the world to take part in a drive to stop vio l ence suffered by women. Full text...

  • Mauritius to empower women to achieve food security
    30 october 2009 16:27:00
    Rأ©duit- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Womenâ?s Rights Minister Indranee Seebun, has said that the country's National Women Council will place land (fenced and r eady for cultivation) at the disposal of women entrepreneurs, grouped in agricul t ural societies, who want to engage in crop production. Full text...

  • Kinshasa hosts 3rd international conference on women
    20 october 2009 21:51:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The third edition of the international conference on black women, which is a group of talented women who have come together to bette r participate in an emerging new Africa, will be held in Kinshasa 28 November - 4 December. Full text...

  • UNFPA urges males to fight for gender equality
    13 october 2009 22:18:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The representative of the United Nations Fund for Popula tion Activities (UNFPA) to Senegal, Mrs Rose Gakuba, on Tuesday called for a sig n ificant contribution of men and boys to the fight for gender equality. Full text...

  • Ban seeks funding to improve women's health, gender equality
    13 october 2009 13:00:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the international community to commit resources and funding to improve women's health and gender equality. Full text...

  • UN chief wants women involved in peace building
    30 september 2009 19:23:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on women to ge t involved in conflict prevention and resolution. Full text...

  • Violence against women increasing in Mauritania
    24 september 2009 16:13:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Hundreds of serious cases of violence against wo men were recorded in Mauritania between 2007 and 2009, the Chairperson of the As s ociation to fight Against Dependence (ALCD-RIHAB), Mrs. Full text...

  • US funds 'war' against sexual abuse in DR Congo with US$ 17m
    28 august 2009 14:49:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The US will support the fight against sexual abuse in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to the tune of US$ 17 million, the Am e rican Development Agency (USAID) announced in a press release here. Full text...

  • SA lawyer is UN rights expert on women
    28 august 2009 06:58:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- South African lawyer Rashida Manjoo, who has also worked a s an academic in the human rights field and a campaigner against domestic violence, has taken over as the new UN indepen dent expert to tackle violence against women. Full text...

  • Women's rights movement calls for release of female journalist
    10 august 2009 22:15:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Women's Rights Movement of the Gambia on Monday appe aled to the Office of the President to release the jailed six Gambians journali s ts, particularly the only female among them, Sarata Jabbi. Full text...

  • UN envoy calls for action against rape in Africa
    10 august 2009 15:14:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Special Envoy on HIV and AIDS in Africa, Elizabeth Mata ka, has called on African countries, more especially those in the Great Lakes Re g ion, to make rape a punishable offence. Full text...

  • Egyptian womenâ™s organization fight child molestation
    10 august 2009 11:50:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- The Egyptian Centre for Womenâ™s Rights (ECWR) has launch ed a new campaign that uses a games booklet to fight sexual harassment against children. Full text...

  • UN to boost police women's number in peacekeeping operations
    08 august 2009 16:28:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN is launching a worldwide effort to recruit more police women into its peacekeeping operations, a UN official said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Study accuses health practitioners of carrying out FGM
    06 august 2009 12:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Health care practitioners are now performing Female Geni tal Mutilation {FGM} in a process known as â?medicalizationâ?, which tends to r einforce and legitimize FGM, hence hindering the global effort towards its aband o nment, a recent study claims. Full text...

  • Investment in African food security: Top scientists make case for women
    05 august 2009 13:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Expressing concern over the lack of women in decision-ma king roles in agricultural development issues in Africa, a group of leading African women scientists has urged African leaders and US pol icymakers to put women at the centre of efforts to address chronic hunger and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. Full text...

  • UN official pleads for gender equality in Africa
    29 july 2009 23:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- West Africa's regional representative for the UN High Commission for Human rights, Mahamane Cisse-Gouro, said Wednesday in Dakar that African governments must make more efforts to guarantee gender equality. Full text...

  • African women should be educated - Kadhafi
    23 july 2009 14:16:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Visiting African Union (AU) chairman and Libyan leader M ouammar Kadhafi has called for the education of African women to enable them take their rightful places in the soci ety. Full text...

  • UN experts begin review on ``negative actions'' against women
    20 july 2009 18:51:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Twenty-three UN experts on Monday in New York began a 17-d ay meeting to review country-specific records on issues relating to discrimination against women. Full text...

  • Egypt to establish NIEW branch in Cairo
    18 july 2009 11:05:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Egypt has agreed to set up a branch of the Non-Aligned Mov ement (NAM) Institute for the Empowerment of Women (NIEW) in Cairo as suggested b y Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, wife of the Malaysian Prime Minister. Full text...

  • Museveni, traditionalists differ on female circumcision
    14 july 2009 15:15:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- While the Ugandan leader, Yoweri Museveni, criticized F emale Genital Mutilation (FGM) as ‘interference’ with God’s works and then banne d the age-old practice in his country, some traditionalists here are set to resis t the government’s action. Full text...

  • UN officials call for more investment in women, girls
    12 july 2009 15:41:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Top UN officials have called for more investment in women and girls during the global financial crisis to help promote economic recovery and tackle poverty and inequality. Full text...

  • Kadhafi calls for a “women's revolution”
    13 june 2009 19:41:00
    Rome- Italy (PANA) -- Libyan leader and current chairman of the African Union (AU), Mouammar Kadhafi, has stressed the need for a” women's revolution” worldwi de to correct the false notion of equality between men and women. Full text...

  • Int'l human rights league targets 4 African countries
    05 june 2009 16:22:00
    N'Djamena- Chad (PANA) -- The International Federation of the Human Rights League s (FIDH) will pay particular attention this year to the welfare of women in four African countries of Botswana, Burundi, the DR of Congo and Togo, a communique i s sued Friday in N'Djamena, the capital of Chad, said. Full text...

  • 90% of Chadian women are victims of violence, says official
    02 june 2009 13:37:00
    N'Djamena- Chad (PANA) -- At least 90% of Chadian women are victims of physical, moral and socio-economic violence, the chair of the commission in charge of Gend e r in the Chadian League for the Defence of Human rights, Allashissem Euphrasie, s aid on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mauritanian NGO wants alleged children trafficking investigated
    26 may 2009 15:52:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Association of Female Heads of Families (AFC F) wants Mauritanian authorities to investigate the existence of a "large networ k involved in under-18 girls' sex trafficking between Mauritania and Saudi Arabia " in a statement made available to PANA here on Tuesday. Full text...

  • AU states yet to submit report on Solemn Declaration on Gender
    08 may 2009 21:04:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) – African Union gender exper-ts meeting on the implementati on of the AU Solemn Declaration on Gender and African Women's Decade in Banjul h a ve heard that AU states have not yet submitted their reports. Full text...

  • Gambia hosts AU gender experts' meeting
    07 may 2009 18:31:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A three-day international meeting bringing together expe rts on gender and related issues organised by the African Union (AU) and Gambian government gets underway in Banjul official sources confirmed to PANA Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenyan women benefit from novel education concept
    07 may 2009 18:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- It is approaching 2. Full text...

  • UNIFEM executive director due in Burundi
    06 may 2009 16:26:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Executive Director of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), Ines Alberdi, Wednesday begins a three-day working vis i t to the Burundi capital, a year after she was appointed to the office, diplomat i c sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Nigerian first lady seeks partnerships on women health issues
    23 april 2009 21:28:00
    Los Angeles- US (PANA) -- The First Lady of Nigeria, Turai Yar'Adua, Thursday ad vocated a partnership among African first ladies, governments and Non-Government a l Organisations (NGOs) to improve the health of women and children in Africa. Full text...

  • Nigerian president laments gender, youth problems in Africa
    16 april 2009 19:46:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua on Thursday told the visiting Commonwealth Secretary General, Dr. Full text...

  • Gambian President receives sub-regional female parliamentarians
    14 march 2009 11:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh has received in his offic e in Banjul delegates of the ECOWAS Female Parliamentarian Association (ECOFEPA) , ahead of the association’s formal launch, sources in Banjul informed PANA Frida y . Full text...

  • Gambian President receives sub-regional female parliamentarians
    13 march 2009 21:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh has received in his offic e in Banjul delegates of the ECOWAS Female Parliamentarian Association (ECOFEPA) , ahead of the association’s formal launch, sources in Banjul informed PANA Frida y . Full text...

  • Congolese women protest in Brussels against rape
    09 march 2009 23:34:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) - – Scores of Congolese women protested on Sunday in the centre of the Belgian capital, Brussels, against rampant rape of Congolese women in North Kivu in the Central African state as the world marked International Wo m en's Day. Full text...

  • UN tasks nations on violence against women
    08 march 2009 19:20:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday called for an e nd to ``the routine violence suffered by women and girls around the world''. Full text...

  • AU at frontline of fight against gender-based violence
    07 march 2009 20:00:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) – As the world celebr-ates international Women’s Day on Sunday, the African Union (AU) is once again being seen as pushing itself to the forefront of the fight against discrimination against women, a significant p r oblem facing many African countries. Full text...

  • International Women's Day - A century old event
    07 march 2009 19:40:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) - – Although the UN established International Women’s Day only in 1977, the Day, which falls on Sunday, has its roots in an action of women factory workers in the United States more than a century ago. Full text...

  • Men to be involved in the fight against gender-based violence
    07 march 2009 19:37:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) – The United Nations -believes men have essential ro les to play in ending violence against girls and women. Full text...

  • UN Conference on Development of Trade to discuss gender parity
    07 march 2009 18:03:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN Conference on Development and Trade (CNUCED) begins a two-day conference on Tuesday in Geneva to bring together experts to look into integration of parity issues into commercial policies as its programme for this year's International Women's Day. Full text...

  • ‘World economic crises to affect jobs of 22 million women’
    07 march 2009 16:05:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The International Labour Organisation (ILO) says the global economic crises will increase the number of unemployed women by up to 22 million in 2009. Full text...

  • ILO says 22 million women will suffer unemployment
    06 march 2009 19:42:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The International Labour Organisation (ILO) says the globa l economic crisis will increase the number of unemployed women to 22 million in 2 009. Full text...

  • UN wants violence against women stopped
    06 march 2009 15:35:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, has called f or effective use of national legal systems to eliminate discrimination, promote g ender equality and stop violence against women. Full text...

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