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  • Africa's gender roadmap critical to successful political unity
    22 june 2008 11:00:00
    Sharm el Sheikh- Egypt (PANA) -- Efforts to achieve Africa's economic and politic al unity goals will succeed only if the African states agree to fully implement t he Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa, a pioneer gender rights acti v ist said here. Full text...

  • African women reaping fruits of campaign against gender violence
    21 june 2008 18:03:00
    Sharm el-Sheikh- Egypt (PANA) -- Tunisian women prisoners are allowed to leave pr ison for child birth for a period of three months and are currently allowed to s e ek legal redress for gender-related attacks as a result of the African Union (AU ) -led campaigns against gender violence, women rights activists noted here Saturd a y. Full text...

  • African campaigners seek better livelihood for women
    21 june 2008 16:12:00
    Sharm el-Sheikh- Egypt (PANA) -- African gender rights campaigners meeting in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm ElSheikh, Saturday called on leaders to show poli t ical commitment to the implementation of the African Union's (AU) gender goals. Full text...

  • Mauritius to introduce equal opportunities bill
    17 june 2008 17:58:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam told Par liament Tuesday the government would soon introduce the Equal Opportunities Bill to reinforce the merit principle in employment both in the public and private se c tors. Full text...

  • Isatou Touray is Woman of Courage 2008
    21 may 2008 19:50:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Dr. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministers of women affairs end meeting
    16 may 2008 18:57:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- ECOWAS Ministers of women affairs ended their meeting h ere Thursday, adopting the 2009-2013 strategic plan of the ECOWAS Gender Develop m ent Centre. Full text...

  • African, Spanish women adopt Niamey Declaration
    14 may 2008 21:56:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The third meeting of African and Spanish women on Wednesd ay adopted the Niamey Declaration, which is a set of political commitments under p inned by plans of action that would be implemented and evaluated next year. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministers of women affairs meet in Gambia
    12 may 2008 17:22:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Ministers of women affairs from 15 West African countrie s began a meeting here Monday, sources close to the office of the Gambian Vice P r esident and Secretary of State for Women Affairs, Mrs. Full text...

  • Gambian VP says women are instrumental to successes in life
    12 may 2008 17:08:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian Vice President and Secretary of State for Women Affairs, Mrs. Full text...

  • Gambia marks International Women's Day
    11 may 2008 19:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Gambia Sunday joined the globe in commemorating the International Women's Day with President Yahya Jammeh highlighting his "governme nt's commitment" towards "women empowerment and development," national broadcaster - Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) monitored here relayed. Full text...

  • Sexual violence increases in DRC
    08 may 2008 21:12:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The number of cases of sexual violence committed aga inst women increased remarkably in the province of Katanga in the Democratic Rep u blic of Congo (DRC) in the first quarter of this year, the Congolese News Agency (ACP) reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Liberian women discuss empowerment
    06 may 2008 15:12:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- More than 300 Liberian women, representing various se ctors of the society, Monday began a five-day national women's conference here t o outline challenges facing them and ways of solving such challenges. Full text...

  • Liberian women discuss empowerment
    06 may 2008 15:08:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- More than 300 Liberian women, representing various sectors of the society, Monday began a five-day national women's conference here to outline challenges facing them and ways of solving such challenges. Full text...

  • UNECA delight at working closely with the African Union
    18 april 2008 15:38:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) - Ms Souad Abdennebi, Regional Adviser for the promotion of Women, Human and Legal Rights, of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa has expressed delight at working closely with the African Union and its partners in organising the workshop as well as the previous workshops held in Rwanda and Algeria. Full text...

  • UNDP new strategy to cope with factors against gender equality
    07 april 2008 19:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Through its gender strategy that was launched in Maputo, Mozambique, from 25 March to 1 April, UNDP has expressed committment to support capacity development of its national partners to accelerate their progress towar d s the MDGs. Full text...

  • About 100 women commissioned into the Senegalese army
    28 march 2008 23:20:00
    Bango- Senegal (PANA) -- The Senegalese army entered a new phase on Friday in its gender programme with the presentation in Bango, in the north of the country, o f the national flag to the first of the 2008 contingent which comprised the first intake of women soldiers. Full text...

  • Mozambican police want child trafficker extradited
    25 march 2008 21:06:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A team from the Mozambican Criminal Investigation Po lice (PIC) and the Attorney General's Office have arrived in South Africa to neg o tiate the extradition of a woman, called Diana, who is accused of enticing Mozam b ican girls across the border to Pretoria where they are then used as sex slaves The team, headed by Carlos Come, the PIC national director, also includes assist ant attorney general Andre Paulo Cumbe, and Lurdes Mabunda, head of the domestic violence department in the General Command of the Mozambican police. Full text...

  • Mozambican police want child trafficker extradited
    25 march 2008 21:06:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A team from the Mozambican Criminal Investigation Po lice (PIC) and the Attorney General's Office have arrived in South Africa to negotiate the extradition of a woman, called Diana, w ho is accused of enticing Mozambican girls across the border to Pretoria where t h ey are then used as sex slaves The team, headed by Carlos Come, the PIC national director, also includes assist ant attorney general Andre Paulo Cumbe, and Lurdes Mabunda, head of the domestic violence department in the General Command of the Mozambican police. Full text...

  • 'Milestone' gender conference ends in South Africa
    24 march 2008 16:37:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Commission on Gender Equality (CGE) in Sout h Africa has concluded a 'milestone' conference where it assessed the progress m a de and challenges facing gender-based violence. Full text...

  • US donates US$ 10m towards Kenya's rape crisis centre
    12 march 2008 17:39:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The US government Wednesday pledged a grant of US$ 10 mi llion to enable Kenya set up a rape crisis centre equipped with a forensic labor a tory, besides facilitating the implementation of the sexual offences law that ha s been in abeyance for two years since its enactment by parliament. Full text...

  • AfDB pats itself on the back for enhancing status of women
    10 march 2008 21:39:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) – The African Development Bank- (AfDB) Group has made tremend ous progress on gender issues over the last three years and enhanced the status o f women within the institution, in particular, and Africa in general, a senior o f ficial has said. Full text...

  • NGO calls for end to crimes against women
    07 march 2008 22:56:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) – A non--governmental organization has reiterated calls for an end to crimes against women as the world celebrates International Women's Da y on Saturday. Full text...

  • Gender equality: make it your business
    06 march 2008 19:24:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An international round-table, titled "Gender Equality: Make it Your Business," organized by the UNESCO Bureau of Strategic Planning's Division for Gender Equality, will be held 10 March, to celebrate this year's International Women's Day (8 March). Full text...

  • Africa seeks ways to end violence against women
    27 february 2008 12:50:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Delegates from around Africa Wednesday began a th ree-day colloquium here, seeking to break a pervasive wall of silence on endless acts of violence committed every day against women and children in their countri e s. Full text...

  • African countries' report on ending gender-based violence
    26 february 2008 12:55:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African countries' report on progress made in pre venting and addressing gender-based violence will be presented at a three-day in t ernational colloquium organized here by the UN in collaboration with the African Union (AU) and the Government of Ethiopia this week. Full text...

  • "Equality Now" urges UNODC forum to address sex trafficking
    14 february 2008 14:39:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Equality Now, an international human rights organ ization, Thursday called on governments to make specific commitments to end sex t rafficking. Full text...

  • Gender-Nigeria/Uganda-HIV/AIDS HIV/AIDS impact ignores role of women - Ugandan
    07 february 2008 17:56:00
    study Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Dean of the Faculty of Law, Makerere Universi t y, Uganda, Sylvia Tamale, has disclosed that almost all research on the impact o f HIV/AIDS totally ignores the role of women. Full text...

  • Gambia launches project for "women in decision-making"
    31 january 2008 18:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Gambia "Women's Bureau", in collaboration with the Unite d Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Thursday started a new project geared to w ards "capacity enhancement for women in decision-making," the bureau's Executive Director, Mrs. Full text...

  • Violence against women retards Africa's development
    22 january 2008 22:15:00
    By Anaclet Rwegayura- PANA Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -- Belgium's State Secretary for Family and Disabled Persons, Gisele Mandaila, on Tuesday urged Africa to denounce violence and brutality against women saying such acts were real obstacles to development of the continent as a whole. Full text...

  • Mauritanians petition for women on the bench
    15 january 2008 21:18:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- More than 150 political figures, civil society members, senior executives and academics, have signed a petition clamouring for the recruitment of women onto the bench. Full text...

  • Kagame receives African Gender Award
    13 december 2007 19:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Wednesday received the 2007 African Gender Award given by Femmes Africa Solidarite (FAS), non-governmental organisation. Full text...

  • Wade pledges to build headquarters for NGO
    12 december 2007 18:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has decided to build a turnkey headquarters for the Women Africa Solidarité (FAS) NGO. Full text...

  • Rwanda to receive African Gender Award for 2007
    08 december 2007 11:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Rwanda's efforts in promoting women's activities are to be rewarded this year through the African Gender Award 2007 set for presentation next Wednesday in Dakar, Mrs Bineta Diop, from the Geneva-based NGO, Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS), announced in Dakar. Full text...

  • Calls grow louder for review of land tenure to favour women
    06 december 2007 23:02:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Madam Isatou Njie-Saidy, Secretary of State for Women Affairs, on Thursday reiterated the importance of a review of the land tenure system which does not favour the majority of women who live in the rural areas. Full text...

  • UN calls for end to violence against women
    26 november 2007 20:28:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN on Monday urged member states to take more action against rape, domestic abuse and all other forms of violence against women. Full text...

  • Campaign against gender based violence kicks-off
    25 november 2007 15:28:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A sixteen days campaign against gender based violence (GBV) has started in Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Mauritanian women journalists kick against marginalisation
    22 november 2007 15:04:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Union of Mauritanian Women Journalists (UF JM) has denounced its members' "marginalization" during the coverage of official activities, PANA learnt from the association here. Full text...

  • UNDP seeks $10 million to help women, girls in crisis
    09 november 2007 21:15:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has appealed for 10 million dollars for a two-year initiative to help women and girls affected by conflicts and natural disasters. Full text...

  • Seven women join new Moroccan cabinet
    17 october 2007 21:02:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Seven women, including a former Athletics star Nawal Moutawakil, have joined the Moroccan cabinet led by the secretary-general of the Party of Istiqlal, Abbas El Fassi, according to the cabinet list. Full text...

  • African women ministers and parliamentarians meet in Mauritius
    08 october 2007 17:14:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Some 30 African women ministers and parliamentarians on Monday began a meeting to discuss some challenges of the continent, such as population and development, gender equity, sexual and reproductive health and the fight against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Ban says empowering women key to UN goals
    04 october 2007 14:34:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday that empowering women was vital to achieve peace and security, improved living standards and respect for human rights. Full text...

  • Benin to inject 250 million FCFA in schooling of girls
    27 september 2007 20:15:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The government of Benin plans to invest FCFA 250 million to improve girls schooling before the start of the new school year scheduled 4 October, official sources told PANA Thursday in Cotonou. Full text...

  • UN peace missions to meet Monday in Dakar on Resolution 1325
    15 september 2007 12:31:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The four UN peace missions' focal points in West Africa are expected to convene here Monday to identify practical measures and recommendations for the effective implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. Full text...

  • UNICEF chief calls for end to female genital cut
    11 september 2007 14:44:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman has called for an end to female genital mutilation and child marriages. Full text...

  • Libya launches postage stamp depicting Kadhafi project
    10 september 2007 22:37:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Secretary of the Libyan general people's committee for posts and telecommunications, Dr Mohamed Moammar Kadhafi, adopted the issuance of a new stamp to depict importance to the Kadhafi project for African women, childhood and youth. Full text...

  • Violent homophobia dilutes SA Women's Day celebration
    09 august 2007 20:40:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The recent brutal murders of three lesbians in South Africa show that equal protection promised by the constitution is still far away, Human Rights Watch observed in a letter to President Thabo Mbeki as the country celebrated National Women's Day, Thursday, which is commemorated 9 August. Full text...

  • Child Soldiers Simulation Exercise begins Monday in Ghana
    12 july 2007 19:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Search for Common Ground, UNICEF Canada, USAID's Displaced Children and Orphans' Fund, the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre in Canada, the Office of Canadian Senator Romeo Dallaire and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra, plan to hold a five-day Child Soldiers Simulation Exercise at the KAIPTC beginning Monday. Full text...

  • UN chief urges men to support women
    11 july 2007 16:37:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today in New York called for greater participation by men in maternal health to ensure safe childbirth and motherhood. Full text...

  • African First Ladies meeting in Accra inconclusive
    03 july 2007 11:38:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS has scheduled an extraordinary meeting either for Mali or Ethiopia on yet-to-be decided date following inconclusive deliberations of its fifth Annual General Meeting in Accra on Monday. Full text...

  • Women's rights group seeks gender unity in Union Govt
    28 june 2007 19:39:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A women's rights group said Thursday the debate on a Union Government for Africa must be a commitment to unite Africa's peoples irrespective of gender by upholding respect for women's rights and equality of opportunities for both men and women. Full text...

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