African Gender Awards (Femmes Africa Solidarité/FAS) -
  • Woman heads Liberia press union
    15 november 2004 20:28:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Elizabeth Hoff, a radio journalist has become the first female to head the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) since its founding 40 years ago. Full text...

  • Minor takes mother to police for "selling" her into marriage
    12 november 2004 14:45:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A 15-year-old girl in northern Uganda has reported her mother to police in Gulu town for trying to get her to marry a man against her wish, the official New Vision reported Friday. Full text...

  • UN introduces gender programme in Burundi
    30 october 2004 16:40:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The UN Operation in Burundi (UNOB) has announced the creation of a special unit on gender promotion in its programme to stem discrimination against women in the country. Full text...

  • Tunisian women win large share of parliamentary seats
    28 october 2004 11:20:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian women have won an unprecedented share of seats in the new Tunisian Chamber of Deputies, taking 22. Full text...

  • Displaced women in Uganda get delivery kits
    25 october 2004 10:31:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) has targeted some 3,000 expectant mothers in internally displaced persons camps in northern Uganda with delivery kits worth $34,442. Full text...

  • Cape Town woman completes historic swimming double
    18 october 2004 19:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Cape Town musician and long distance swimmer Carina Bruwer has returned to South Africa after becoming the first person to swim around both the southern and northern tips of Africa. Full text...

  • Ministers renew commitment to speed up women empowerment
    14 october 2004 15:01:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Promotion of gender equality in Africa was Thursday given a new thrust after ministers responsible for gender affairs agreed to pursue key actions to accelerate the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action. Full text...

  • Africa's gains no cause for complacency in gender struggle
    13 october 2004 08:25:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Implementation of the Dakar and Beijing platforms for action to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women got under scrutiny here Wednesday at a ministerial conference seeking the regional consensus on priority gender issues. Full text...

  • EAC, Great Lakes women form conflict resolution network
    12 october 2004 12:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Women from seven countries in the Eastern Africa and the Great Lake region have resolved to create a women's network as their instrument for conflict resolution. Full text...

  • Morocco sets up centre for studies on women
    11 october 2004 23:11:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco has set up a centre for Information, Documentation and Studies on Women (Cmidef), which was inaugurated here last Sunday. Full text...

  • Women from the Great Lakes congratulate Wangari Maathai
    10 october 2004 15:17:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Delegates to the ongoing women's regional meeting that started Thursday in Kigali as part of the preparation for the upcoming international conference on the Great Lakes have hailed the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize awarded environmentalist and human rights activist Wangari Maathai of Kenya. Full text...

  • Women from DR Congo fully attend Great Lakes forum
    08 october 2004 22:09:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A delegation of Congolese women is in Kigali, Rwanda participating in the 7-9 October women's regional meeting being held as part of the international conference on peace, security, democracy and development in the Great Lakes. Full text...

  • Gender insensitive policies keep African women marginalised
    08 october 2004 09:09:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Despite achievements and progress made in advancing gender equality over the last ten years in Africa, the majority of the women on the continent are still denied access to productive and critical resources, a prominent Egyptian woman activist said here Friday. Full text...

  • Forum urges grooming of young women for leadership
    07 october 2004 14:24:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- There is need for African nations to mentor and empower young women to take over leadership from the older generation of women leaders, according to participants of the NGO Forum at the ongoing African Regional Conference assessing the 10 years since the Beijing UN Conference on Women. Full text...

  • Great Lakes women meet over agenda for peace
    07 october 2004 09:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Women from the core countries of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, or IC/GLR, began a three-day meeting Thursday in Kinshasa, DR Congo, to forge recommendations to regional leaders who hold their first in Tanzania in November. Full text...

  • Massive flow of Cameroonian females to France alarms NGO
    06 october 2004 22:27:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The non-governmental organisation Aide- Federation said here Wednesday it was alarmed by the mass influx of Cameroonian females into France who eventually end up in prostitution networks. Full text...

  • NEPAD appoints top advisor on gender, civil societies
    05 october 2004 12:01:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) secretariat has created an office on gender and civil society organisations as a direct response to recommendations from different stakeholders and experts, according to a NEPAD document here. Full text...

  • African women continue struggle for rights
    05 october 2004 08:23:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ten years since the adoption of the historical Beijing platform on women's rights, challenges remain for African women and girls to see their hopes materialise. Full text...

  • ECA introduces African gender and development index
    04 october 2004 12:43:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- In a bid to facilitate an effective monitoring mechanism on gender equality, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is introducing the African Gender and Development Index, (AGDI). Full text...

  • COMESA ministers adopt a common gender policy
    02 october 2004 13:46:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Gender ministers of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) ended a two-day confab here Saturday with the adoption of a common gender policy document for the organisation. Full text...

  • South African elected chair of Commonwealth women MPs
    30 september 2004 15:20:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A senior member of the Legislative Assembly of South Africa's Gauteng province, Lindiwe Maseko, has been elected chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) for the next three years, the foreign affairs department in Pretoria confirmed Thursday. Full text...

  • Female legislative candidates increase in Tunisia
    30 september 2004 12:01:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisia's governing and parliamentary majority party, RCD allocated at least 25% slots on its legislative candidates list to women. Full text...

  • COMESA gender ministers meet in Kigali
    30 september 2004 11:26:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Cabinet ministers responsible for gender in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Thursday convened in Kigali, Rwanda to discuss and endorse a five-year action plan for the trading bloc, COMESA spokesperson Mweusi Karake said. Full text...

  • African women lobby for equality reforms
    27 september 2004 18:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- African women rights activists have expressed the strong belief that full ratification of the African Union (AU) Protocol on the Rights of Women will ensure the future development of the continent. Full text...

  • Algerians row over revision of family code
    25 september 2004 12:46:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- A vivid intense row is brewing over the revision of the family code proposed by the Algerian government among political parties and Islamic groups campaigning against the undertaking. Full text...

  • Swazi constitution discriminates against women
    24 september 2004 20:01:00
    Ludzidzini- Swaziland (PANA) -- A Swazi MP has criticised the draft constitution for being discriminatory against women. Full text...

  • Francophonie sets griots against violence on women
    22 september 2004 21:01:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Francophonie Organisation has invited about 100 griots from ten French-speaking West African countries for a weeklong forum beginning next Monday in Ouagadougou to discuss traditional practices harmful to women's health. Full text...

  • Zuma urges women's input in security structures
    22 september 2004 11:19:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African deputy president Jacob Zuma is pushing for women to become active in peace and security structures to inform and manage the manner in which Africa deals with conflicts. Full text...

  • Kenya to ratify Maputo anti-FGM Protocol
    17 september 2004 20:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya will ratify the Maputo Protocol proscribing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Vice-President Moody Awori indicated Friday while opening an international conference here on the practice. Full text...

  • Two Kenyan girls undergo FGM despite outcry
    17 september 2004 11:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Two Maasai girls were forcefully circumcised last week in Kenya just few days ahead of the ongoing international conference on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) here, according to the international NGO, Equality Now. Full text...

  • Kenyan minister asks media to fight FGM
    15 september 2004 14:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan Cabinet Minister Wednesday underscored the need for fully involving media organizations in the fight against female Genital Mutilation (FGM) if it is to be curtailed. Full text...

  • Nairobi to host international conference on FGM
    14 september 2004 13:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Participants from 13 African countries and Germany are expected to convene here Thursday to develop a political, legal and social environment for implementing the "Maputo Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People's rights on the rights of Women in Africa". Full text...

  • Rwanda's female ex-combatants seek AU peacekeeping role
    10 september 2004 15:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Former female combatants in Rwanda are seeking for a role in regional peacekeeping missions in Africa whereby they could assist women caught in conflicts. Full text...

  • Gender equality promotion lands Mbeki award from US
    08 september 2004 15:15:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki has been bestowed with the "Good Brother Award" from Washington's "National Congress of Black Women" for his unfailing and unwavering commitment to gender equality and the emancipation of women in South Africa. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe ruling party women want vice presidency
    05 september 2004 09:30:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The powerful Women's League of Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party said at the weekend it will push for the election of one of its members as the country's vice president at the next congress in December. Full text...

  • Gambian Vice President laments plight of African women
    02 september 2004 21:21:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian vice president Isatou Njie-Saidy Thursday lamented the plight of women in Africa saying they were "amongst the poorest of the poor". Full text...

  • Benin launches women's rights initiative
    02 september 2004 19:10:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Family Affairs, Social Protection and Solidarity minister Massyatou Latoundji Lauriano launched a "Women Rights Initiative" here Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Africa's deputy president salutes women's struggle
    31 august 2004 15:35:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- As the women's month came to an end in South Africa Tuesday, the country's deputy president Jacob Zuma saluted them for the fight they had waged against injustice and racism. Full text...

  • 6,000 to gather at gender summit in South Africa
    30 august 2004 13:20:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A national women's summit convenes at the Pietermaritzburg Royal show grounds Tuesday as a culmination of Women's Month celebrations in the province. Full text...

  • Ghanaian women decry negative media reportage
    25 august 2004 21:54:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A female Ghanaian journalist said here Wednesday that the country's women were disgusted by negative reportage in the local media and its neglect of issues concerning gender equality. Full text...

  • Mali charts strategy to up girl child education
    24 august 2004 22:43:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Education experts Tuesday entered the second day of deliberations on a national strategy to accelerate the girl child education in Mali. Full text...

  • Women MPs to meet in Libreville
    18 august 2004 22:47:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The Gabonese capital next November host the 6th conference of women ministers and MPs from Africa, Family and Women's Affairs minister Angélique Ngoma told PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Senegalese women entrepreneurs train in management
    18 august 2004 22:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Sixty Senegalese women entrepreneurs began a management workshop here Wednesday at the behest of the National Council of Employers (CNP) and the Konrad Adenaeur Foundation. Full text...

  • Kenyan rights groups demand arrest of Ngugi wife assailants
    17 august 2004 21:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan women rights groups Tuesday demanded the arrest of four gun men who raped and robed the wife of prominent Kenyan author and scholar Ngugi wa Thiongo. Full text...

  • Somali women protest exclusion from parliament
    17 august 2004 16:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Women delegates to the 22-month long Somali National Reconciliation Conference Tuesday accused clan leaders of bias and flouting rules governing the selection of the 275-member Transitional Parliament to be inaugurated here Thursday. Full text...

  • Police arrest 14 women over FGM in Ouagadougou suburb
    17 august 2004 13:06:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Police here have arrested 14 women for their alleged involvement in connection with the circumcision of 16 girls between one and 10 years of age, an official announced here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopian girl inspires village to value education for all
    17 august 2004 11:36:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Eighteen-year-old Samia Sadik has, in her own right, turned an icon and inspiring pioneer of girls' education in a traditional society that until yesterday disregarded women's rights to equality and dignity in all facets. Full text...

  • Mauritian women demand 15-year terms for rapists
    09 august 2004 12:29:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Three Mauritian women's organisations - Soroptimist International, Media Watch Organisation and the Mauritian Association of Women Entrepreneurs - have demanded tougher penalties against rape, after four rapists were sentenced to eight years in jail last week. Full text...

  • Mbeki acknowledges women's role in apartheid struggle
    09 august 2004 11:59:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki on Monday saluted South African women for the role they played in the struggle against apartheid. Full text...

  • South African university honours 3 female researchers
    08 august 2004 11:13:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg has honoured three South African female researchers for their contribution to the fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria. Full text...

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