African Gender Awards (Femmes Africa Solidarité/FAS) -
  • 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...

  • SA plans awareness week on Sexual Offences Bill
    05 august 2004 13:36:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Civil society groups in South Africa have planned an awareness week on the proposed Sexual Offences Bill to commence on National Women's Day on 9 August. Full text...

  • Midwife becomes first Comoran woman MP
    02 august 2004 13:06:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- A midwife from Mitsamiouli village, Mrs Djoueria Abdallah made history by becoming the first woman to join the Comoran Union parliament. Full text...

  • Insurgents leave rape 49 victims in South-Kivu
    27 july 2004 19:50:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Workers at the Katana-based Integrated Development Centre (CDI) in South-Kivu have charged in a fresh report that insurgents led by Gen. Full text...

  • Gambian women sue for gender balance
    24 july 2004 13:57:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Thousands of Gambian women have signed a declaration to President Yahya Jammeh calling for gender balance in all government institutions, public enterprises and private organisations. Full text...

  • Women's Commission hails freedom of LRA victim in north Uganda
    21 july 2004 22:20:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The Commission for Refugee Women and Children has welcomed news that Charlotte Atyam, who was abducted eight years ago in northern Uganda by rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) was reunited Wednesday with her mother, Angelina Atyam. Full text...

  • Women press for role in post-election Burundi
    19 july 2004 14:43:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Women from South Africa and Burundi started meeting in Johannesburg Monday to discuss what role the people of the "fair sex" will play in the troubled country's post-election era. Full text...

  • Gender commission on the drawing board for Kenya
    15 july 2004 11:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya will establish a National Commission on Gender and Development in a move meant to step up the government's commitment in mainstreaming gender into national development processes, the country's minister in charge of Gender, Sports and Culture has said. Full text...

  • Kenya VP decries selfish leadership in Africa
    15 july 2004 10:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Vice President Moody Awori conceded here Thursday that many leaders in the continent had failed their people because of pursuing narrow and selfish interests, misusing available resources for personal gain rather than the general good. Full text...

  • UNDP to prop up promotion of gender parity in Africa
    08 july 2004 10:08:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Encouraged by the declaration of African Union leaders on gender equality, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has announced its willingness to keep on supporting initiatives for the advancement of women on the continent. Full text...

  • Bouteflika announces revision of Algerian family code
    06 july 2004 23:38:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- President Abdelaziz Bouteflika disclosed here Tuesday that new provisions would soon be introduced into the Algerian family code to "balance out the rights and obligations of both spouses". Full text...

  • Annan deplores use of sexual violence as war weapon
    06 july 2004 18:36:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has deplored the continued use of sexual and gender-based violence as a weapon of war in African conflicts. Full text...

  • Women protest domestic violence in Mauritius
    02 july 2004 22:05:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- At least 100 persons marched silently Friday for more than an hour in the streets of Port Louis, carrying banners that denounced domestic violence on the island. Full text...

  • Women flay Mwanawasa over sacking of deputy minister
    02 july 2004 12:37:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian president Levy Mwanawasa has come under criticism from civil society activists after sacking Community Development deputy minister Rosemary Chipampe, who was in charge of women's affairs. Full text...

  • Chissano addresses Pan-African women's meeting in Maputo
    01 july 2004 17:45:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano on Thursday praised the fight waged by the Pan-African Women's Organisation (PAWO) in the struggle to overcome absolute poverty and illiteracy, HIV/AIDS and other issues that affect the majority of Africans. Full text...

  • Gender issue put at the fore of AU summit
    29 june 2004 15:49:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- When African leaders meet here next week, the first item for discussion will be the gender issue and how their governments have been handling it in their national development programmes. Full text...

  • Girl-child schooling is still a problem in Africa
    27 june 2004 18:33:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- When African education ministers convened in Nairobi this week to tackle the challenges facing the girls in schools, it dawned on many that despite an overall gloom facing girls, countries are pursuing various innovative return-to-school formulas. Full text...

  • Mauritania hosts Muslim women and democracy symposium
    25 june 2004 16:56:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- More than 100 delegates are attending a symposium on Muslim women in the era of democracy organised by Mauritania's pro-government Union for Democracy and Progress (UDP), which opened here Friday. Full text...

  • Benin moves to boost education of girl child
    24 june 2004 22:46:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The authorities in Benin are contemplating special regulations to ensure the recruitment and maintenance of female teachers in the rural areas with a view to improving the education of the girl child, official sources hinted here Thursday. Full text...

  • Ignorance traps Ethiopian girls into sexual abuse
    24 june 2004 09:30:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Limited knowledge about sex is trapping many Ethiopian girls into sexual abuse and sexually transmitted infections, according to the head of women's affairs office of the Addis Ababa city government, Mekia Mohammed. Full text...

  • Cape Town takes a stand against abuse of women
    23 june 2004 19:19:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A report highlighting the link between violence against women and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases in the region has spurred the Cape Town City Council to launch a proactive empowerment campaign amongst the youth to turn the tide against both ills. Full text...

  • South Africa spurs women contractors
    17 june 2004 11:34:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The ministry of Education in South Africa has urged women to take up contracts the department was offering in the development of infrastructure. Full text...

  • Benin withdraws official recongnition of polygamous marriages
    15 june 2004 13:26:00
    Porto-Novo- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's People and Family Code, which was reviewed in Parliament last Thursday now recognises only monogamous marriages duly certified by a civil status registrar. Full text...

  • Kenyan official worries over decline in education of girls
    14 june 2004 09:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A senior official has conceded that social and cultural factors were impeding education of the girl child within pastoralist communities in Kenya's arid and semi arid (ASAL) regions, which extend over 75 percent the country's surface area. Full text...

  • South Africa, Burundi women to meet Monday
    11 june 2004 12:13:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Women from South Africa and Burundi are converging on Pretoria for a Women's Initiative workshop beginning Monday. Full text...

  • African women in Paris mobilise for peace
    08 june 2004 18:46:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- More than 100 women from Africa took part in an international colloquium organised here Tuesday on the theme "Women at the service of peace". Full text...

  • Intimate partners kill 4 women daily in South Africa
    08 june 2004 11:51:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A woman is killed every 6 hours in South Africa by her intimate partner, according to the first national study of female homicides in South Africa released here. Full text...

  • Former Kenya FGM "surgeon" recounts experience
    07 june 2004 21:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- On the sidelines of a conference here on the practice Ishnino Shuriye, a woman who performed female genital mutilation (FGM) in the northeastern Kenyan district of Garissa told PANA she could earn up to 3,500 Kenyan shillings. Full text...

  • South Africa gets female acting president
    03 june 2004 13:53:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Minister of Minerals and Energy Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will serve as acting President of South Africa while President Thabo Mbeki and deputy President Jacob Zuma are away "over the next few days". Full text...

  • Malagasy woman appointed as IOC boss
    29 may 2004 19:28:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Andreas Claudine Rasoanirina has been appointed as a secretary general of the Indian Ocean Commission, succeeding Wilfrid Bertile. Full text...

  • Participatory leadership spurs Swazi woman chief to success
    28 may 2004 09:05:00
    Ekuvinjelweni- Swaziland (PANA) -- Chieftaincy in Africa remains the exclusive preserve of men for the most part, and so being a woman chief imposes more tasking efforts to achieve exemplary goals to dissolve the gender stereotype at this level of political leadership. Full text...

  • African women welcome ADB support
    25 may 2004 19:50:00
    Munyonyo- Uganda (PANA) -- Women delegates to the 39th African Development Bank (ADB) group meeting here, led Mozambican Prime Minister Louisa Diogo have welcomed plans by the bank to initiate action against gender inequality, asserting that 2004 was a watershed in the age-long struggle for gender equality in Africa. Full text...

  • ADB renews commitment to gender equality in Africa
    24 may 2004 17:12:00
    Munyonyo- Uganda (PANA) -- African Development Bank (ADB) Group has pledged an active role in the fight against gender inequality in Africa that has become an impediment to the continent's desired economic growth. Full text...

  • African economic planning lacks gender perspective
    24 may 2004 12:05:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The failure of African countries to incorporate a gender perspective in designing and implementing development strategies is clearly the missing link in achieving sustained growth, the Executive Secretary for the UN Economic Commission of Africa said here Monday. Full text...

  • Gabon marks Mothers' Day ahead of schedule
    23 may 2004 10:35:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The ministry of Family, Women's Promotion and Child Protection announced Saturday that Gabon would celebrate Mothers' Day on 23 May, two weeks ahead of the actual date of 6 June. Full text...

  • African ministerial forum to spotlight gender issues
    21 may 2004 13:30:00
    Munyonyo- Uganda (PANA) -- The issues of poverty and women and how to mainstream gender in economic development will feature prominently during the meeting of the Africa Development Bank (ADB) and UN Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA) forum of African Finance, Planning, and Economic Development Ministers that opens here Friday. Full text...

  • Malabo gets second female mayor
    19 may 2004 12:34:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Isabel Eraul Ivina, a member of the ruling Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE), Tuesday took the oath of office to become the second female Mayor of Malabo, the Equatorial Guinea capital. Full text...

  • Africa troubled as rapists run amok
    18 may 2004 09:41:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Africa's new war rages violently, but in many areas it is under cover of silence, while the cries of its victims are deliberately hushed up simply because they are women. Full text...

  • ACDHRS urges govts to ratify Protocol on African Women
    17 may 2004 21:37:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Executive Director of the Gambia- based African Center for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS), Mrs. Full text...

  • UNDP urges gender perspective in African peace efforts
    17 may 2004 12:56:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Without integration of gender perspectives in all reconstruction processes, African countries emerging from armed conflicts would not be able to ensure the creation of more equitable and sustainable societies, a top UN official said here Monday. Full text...

  • ADB supports gender capacity development in Ethiopia
    16 may 2004 18:35:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The African Development Bank (ADB) Group has agreed to grant Ethiopia 1. Full text...

  • Women of Great Lakes region pursue peace building
    14 may 2004 07:59:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Representatives of women's groups in the strife-torn African Great Lakes region will gather in Addis Ababa next week to kick-start a programme aimed at enhancing the role of women in peace building processes. Full text...

  • Uganda women push for gender parity in government
    13 may 2004 19:16:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda women politicians have indicated plans to gang up and press for more than 40 percent representation in government. Full text...

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