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  • South Africa moves to host Girl Guides World Conference
    20 june 2005 08:27:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's delegation to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) triennial World Conference in Amman, Jordan will present the country's bid to host the 2008 meeting. Full text...

  • Female entrepreneurs top SA tourism award entries
    16 june 2005 17:11:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's 'Emerging Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year 2005' competition has attracted a total of 75 entries this year, with the highest number of contestants being females in the tourism industry. Full text...

  • Rapists stalk IDP camps in Darfur
    07 june 2005 10:44:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Zam Zam camp of internally displaced Darfurians in western Sudan is rife with rape, but, for fear of vengeance, the victims would rather suffer and bear it than put the finger on offenders. Full text...

  • COMESA First Ladies convene roundtable in Kigali
    01 june 2005 23:44:00
    Rwanda- Kigali (PANA) -- The First Ladies of Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Djibouti and the Queen of Swaziland, (the youngest wife of King Mswati III), are expected to begin a two-day round table here Thursday under the theme: "Women's Economic Development and the Fight against AIDS in the region". Full text...

  • HWR wants decade-old Ugandan bill on 'marital rape' passed
    01 june 2005 16:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Uganda's proposed legislation on marital rape and equality in the family could save the lives of countless women and girls, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Wednesday in a letter to the speaker of Ugandan Parliament. Full text...

  • Gender-sensitive budget workshop for Dakar Wednesday
    31 may 2005 22:00:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A five-day sub-regional workshop for the training of trainers in gender-sensitive budgeting begins here Wednesday under the auspices of SURF/West and Central Africa and the UNDP. Full text...

  • Great Lakes women discuss own empowerment
    30 may 2005 13:39:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Violent gang rape in African conflict situations has subjected many women to suffering fistula, the African Union (AU)'s Commissioner for Social Affairs, Bience Gawanas said here Monday. Full text...

  • NGO seeks protection of women, girls in African conflicts
    28 may 2005 09:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Society for Women Against AIDS in Africa (SWAA International) has called on the UN Security Council, governments and other stakeholders to ensure that the rights of women and girls are respected and protected in conflict situations. Full text...

  • NGO demands law on abortion rights in Mauritius
    24 may 2005 16:25:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritius Family Planning Association (MFPA) Tuesday cited all political parties campaigning to contest the legislative polls on 3 July to declare clear positions on abortion in their platforms and include sex education in the school curricula, MFPA Executive Director Sangeet Jooseery said. Full text...

  • Addis Ababa to host regional meeting on women empowerment
    23 may 2005 15:49:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A UNESCO-sponsored two-day meeting on women empowerment in the Great Lakes region begins in Addis Ababa 30 May, to develop an action plan to promote gender equality. Full text...

  • World Bank pats Uganda over women economic empowerment - Report
    23 may 2005 12:22:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- While sounding a warning that Uganda faces a potential cut in assistance over the political posture of Kampala, the World Bank acknowledges that the Yoweri Museveni-led movement government has spurred Uganda to emerge as the leading sub-Saharan African nation in addressing critical linkages between economic growth and gender issues. Full text...

  • Niger officially launches world women's march
    17 may 2005 23:42:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Nigerien women on Tuesday officially launched the World March of Women for Humanity Movement under which they will undertake a series of activities between June to October 2005. Full text...

  • Ugandan monarch to award virgins who abstain till marriage
    12 may 2005 15:50:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- In a strategy to minimise the spread of HIV/AIDS infections in Uganda, the monarch of Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom in mid-western Uganda has set an award, comprising certificates and prizes, for virgins who strictly adhere to sexual abstinence till marriage. Full text...

  • Nigeria gets first female Supreme Court justice
    11 may 2005 12:58:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's upper legislative chamber, the Senate, has confirmed the appointment of Justice Aloma Mariam Muktar as the country's first female Justice of the Supreme Court. Full text...

  • Regional gender mainstreaming confab convenes in New Delhi
    09 may 2005 14:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The increased need to address gender inequalities in development projects will be the focus of a three-day conference in New Delhi being jointly organized by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Full text...

  • Comoro's Anjoun offers free primary school for girls
    07 may 2005 09:55:00
    Mutsamudu- Comoros (PANA) -- Comoran vice-president Caabi Elyachroutu has congratulated the president of the autonomous island of Anjouan fore scrapping off registration fees for girls in a move to promote parity between girls and boys. Full text...

  • Arab women to get training at Tunis meet
    05 may 2005 08:47:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Nearly 200 businesswomen from across the Middle East and North Africa will gather in Tunis from 24 to 26 May to take part in entrepreneurship training programmes. Full text...

  • Wade, Mbeki receive gender parity award
    03 may 2005 22:43:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal has introduced a major change in Africa by campaigning parity between men and women in manning institutions in the continental political organisation, the executive director of the Women Africa Solidarity, Bineta Diop declared here. Full text...

  • Dakar forum hails role of African women
    02 may 2005 15:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Gertrude Mongella, president of the Pan-African Parliament, has indicated here that African women fought beside their men to dismantle apartheid and slavery in Africa. Full text...

  • Use status to help rural, conflict-affected women - ECA official
    01 may 2005 21:19:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) deputy executive secretary Joséphine Ouédraogo Sunday urged 'successful' African women to ensure that their status in society was used to contribute to ameliorating the sufferings of rural women and those engulfed in conflicts on the continent. Full text...

  • SA foreign minister Zuma nudges women to 'change the world'
    01 may 2005 20:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- South African foreign minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Sunday urged women globally to change the world and ensure a better life for future generations. Full text...

  • African parliament head says women vital to ending African conflicts
    01 may 2005 19:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Gertrude Mongella, president of the Pan-African Parliament, an organ of the African Union, Sunday said getting women involved in undertakings to resolve conflicts on the African continent has proven crucial in ending disputes. Full text...

  • UN official urges cancellation of Africa's debt
    01 may 2005 18:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) director in Senegal, Yassine Fall, Sunday called on rich creditor nations cancel the debt of poor African nations to facilitate their development and provision of basic services for the people of the continent. Full text...

  • African women crave role in attainment of peace
    01 may 2005 18:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The executive director of "Femmes Africa Solidarité" (FAS), Bineta Diop, Sunday said the integration of African women into peace processes was an essential ingredient for attaining lasting peace and stability on the continent. Full text...

  • Africa making strides in gender equality - NGO
    30 april 2005 18:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African continent has made important strides by applying gender equality within the African Union (AU), the executive director of the NGO, Woman Africa Solidarity (FAS), Bineta Diop, told a news conference here on Friday. Full text...

  • African women leaders meet in Nigeria
    29 april 2005 17:41:00
    Ota- Nigeria (PANA) -- African Union chairman and Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo observed here Friday that women in Africa were facing a lot of cultural and religious inhibitions that were retarding their progress. Full text...

  • Dakar to host maiden African gender forum
    27 april 2005 13:16:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The first edition of the African Gender Forum organised by the regional office of the Dakar-based NGO 'Femmes Africa Solidarité' will convene here 1-2 May, organisers said Wednesday. Full text...

  • 4th Women's Voices festival to open in Douala
    26 april 2005 21:26:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's Women's Voices International Festival, better known under the name of Massao, will be held on Friday in Douala. Full text...

  • Women cry from pinches of civil war in Somaliland
    25 april 2005 12:23:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Among the many things that the civil war left as scars on Somaliland are changes in the role of women. Full text...

  • Gambian women rights groups hold exhibition
    18 april 2005 22:27:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Several groups working to empower women and girls Monday took part in an "NGO Exhibition on women and girls" at the Girl Guides headquarters in Serre Kunda, a sprawling outskirts of the Gambian capital, Banjul. Full text...

  • ADB props efforts to promote African women in business
    18 april 2005 10:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- An empowerment conference on 'Promoting the Development of African Women in Business (AWIB) opens Monday in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde under the auspices of the Private Sector Department of the African Development Bank (ADB), according to a release the bank issued at the weekend. Full text...

  • Mpaga district women win Gabonese Grand Prize
    17 april 2005 12:08:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Mpaga District Rural Women's Association (ASSOFERU) in southwest Gabon has won the 8th Grand Prize offered by President Omar Bongo Ondimba. Full text...

  • Gender-based group campaigns for Gambian women
    16 april 2005 18:20:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Gambia Chapter of the Forum for African Women Educationists (FAWEGAM) on Saturday launched a two-week programme of activities as part of their on-going campaign for policies that favoured women and girls in the country. Full text...

  • Women lawyers in Uganda to aid battered men
    01 april 2005 18:59:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan women lawyers said they were ready to give the country's battered men with legal aid in their arguments against the wives who abuse them, according to a senior lawyer in Kampala, the Ugandan capital. Full text...

  • US embassy hosts workshop for Zambian military women
    29 march 2005 17:01:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Forty women officers and enlisted soldiers from the Zambia Army, Air Force and National Service Tuesday begun a four-day workshop sponsired by the US embassy here to discuss existing challenges and explore solutions to the peculiar problems of military women. Full text...

  • Women set up political party in Mauritius
    22 march 2005 16:31:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A group of women on Tuesday in Port Louis launched a political party dubbed Party of the Majority (PDM) whose objective is to elect many women during the next parliamentary elections in August and October. Full text...

  • Mauritian women launch platform for empowerment
    21 march 2005 21:04:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A group of Mauritian women has launched a platform to press for an increase in the number of women parliamentarians in the country. Full text...

  • Media head wants training for Liberian female journalists
    21 march 2005 20:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Press Union of Liberia president Elisabeth Hoff said here Monday that capacity-building for female journalists should be prioritised in any media development policy in Liberia. Full text...

  • Mbeki challenges ANC to spearhead women's empowerment
    11 march 2005 12:00:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki has challenged the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to take the lead in ensuring that the country achieves goals set by the African Union on gender parity in the conduct of public affairs. Full text...

  • Employed women number 1.4 million in Algeria
    08 march 2005 23:36:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The number of Algerian women with employment rose from 625,000 in 1996 to 1. Full text...

  • Cameroonian women in mammoth International Women's Day march
    08 march 2005 18:19:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- About 50,000 women Tuesday marched along the 20 May Boulevard here to mark the 20th International Women's Day celebration on the theme "Equality of genders, an achievement to strengthen". Full text...

  • Lift hurdles to African girl-child schooling - Kenyan official
    08 march 2005 17:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An official of the Kenyan education ministry Tuesday called for "clearly defined frameworks" to meet the "great challenges" facing the provision of education to the girl-child in Africa. Full text...

  • Govt sets target for empowerment of women in South Africa
    08 march 2005 13:27:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The second Gauteng Women's dialogue organised to coincide with International Women's Day began Tuesday with provincial Prime Minister Mbhazima Shilowa highlighting areas needing concrete action. Full text...

  • Zambian women mark day
    08 march 2005 10:53:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian women joined the rest of their gender the world over Tuesday to observe International Women's Day, marked here by marches and speeches articulating their causes. Full text...

  • WFP lessens women's burden in poor countries
    08 march 2005 10:32:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Efforts to ensure women's control over food often add to an already heavy burden of responsibility, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has concluded from its worldwide experience. Full text...

  • African commission pleads for women
    07 march 2005 22:42:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) based in Banjul, Gambia has urged member states to rapidly sign and ratify the additional protocol of the charter on the rights of women. Full text...

  • Malian president praises role of women
    07 march 2005 21:38:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- President Amadou Toumani Toure of Mali on Monday paid glowing tribute to rural and urban women for the key role they continue to play in national development. Full text...

  • Bouteflika pardons 72 female prisoners
    07 march 2005 19:33:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has pardoned 72 female prisoners, the State House announced in Algiers Monday. Full text...

  • SA women plan programmes to uplift Gauteng province
    04 march 2005 15:25:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Hundreds of women from Gauteng province will converge in Benoni, Ekurhuleni, outside Johannesburg 8-9 March to develop multi-stakeholder programmes on issues affecting women in the province. Full text...

  • African female journalists to train in Morocco
    04 march 2005 08:12:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Female journalists from four African countries convene here 7-11 March for a training session to sharpen their professional skills, organisers said Friday. Full text...

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