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

  • Minister launches women's week in Cameroon
    01 march 2005 20:40:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Family and Women's Affairs minister Suzanne Mbomback launched a week of activities Tuesday in Nanga Eboko, about 170 km east of Yaounde, in the countdown to the celebration of year's International Women's Day in Cameroon under the theme "gender equality, gains to consolidate". Full text...

  • SA Foreign minister leads delegation to UN gender forum
    28 february 2005 12:06:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is leading the South African delegation to the 49th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women scheduled for 28 February to 11 March in New York. Full text...

  • Women in Mauritius urged to get involved in politics
    25 february 2005 10:08:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Women's Rights Minister Arianne Navarre-Marie on Friday called on fellow women on the island nation to get involved in "active politics" because the country needed their talent. Full text...

  • World Bank assesses Beijing+10, urges more action
    24 february 2005 14:20:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The lives of women and girls around the world have, on average, improved in the last 10 years, due in part to concerted action by the international community and national governments, according to a World Bank report released Thursday. Full text...

  • Addis Ababa mass race to mark International Women's Day
    23 february 2005 11:56:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Addis Ababa residents will celebrate this year's International Women's Day under the "Stop Violence against Women" banner, giving support to a women-only five-kilometre race. Full text...

  • Violence against women worsens in Algeria
    22 february 2005 22:39:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Violence against women in Algeria is assuming worrying proportions, according to a national survey spearheaded by the 'violence against women' committee of the Public Health National Institute (INSP). Full text...

  • Minister to lead Kenya's team to UN women's meeting
    22 february 2005 17:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Ochillo Ayacko, Kenya's Sports, Gender and Culture and Social Services Minister, is to lead his country's delegation to the 49th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, opening in New York 28 February. Full text...

  • Ghanaian women demand greater presence in administration
    17 february 2005 22:52:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian women, citing their numbers and education in a male-dominated society are calling for more representation in the administration. Full text...

  • Women activists reflect on gender mainstreaming in Niamey
    17 february 2005 16:38:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Over 300 civil society women activists from 12 African, European and Asian countries Thursday continued deliberations here at a two-day meeting on the promotion of gender equity in national settings. Full text...

  • Inaction perpetuates gender inequality in Africa
    17 february 2005 14:59:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- What would befall Africa if its womenfolk went on strike to protest against their social and gender discrimination? The African women's militancy and their role in the independence struggle, the fight against apartheid, demands for political pluralism, their passion for peace and justice and, lately, protection of the environment, are well documented historical facts. Full text...

  • Beninese activist urges African women to enter politics
    17 february 2005 10:30:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- A Beninese lawyer and political activist, Marie Elise Gbedo, a main mover of a conference on gender issues entering its second day in Niamey on Thursday, has urged her fellow African women to venture into politics to avoid being sidelined from decision-making in their respective countries. Full text...

  • Rwandan killers, survivors living cheek by jowl
    16 february 2005 14:19:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Rising from the ruins of the 1994 genocide, Rwanda has become Africa's pacemaker in elevating the status of women and ensuring their full participation in shaping the future of the country. Full text...

  • Obasanjo wants more women in politics
    14 february 2005 23:21:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- President Olusegun Obasanjo made a case for a new spirit in the nation's politics, calling Monday for an amendment to the nation's electoral law to give a statutory allocation of 25 per cent of elective posts to women in future elections. Full text...

  • Forum agrees on continental women's rights watchdog
    11 february 2005 10:21:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The strive by African women for gender equality marked yet another milestone after frontline activists meeting here agreed Friday to set up a continental watchdog on women's rights. Full text...

  • Former Nigerian female footballer undergoes sex change
    11 february 2005 10:13:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A former player with Nigeria's national female football team has successfully undergone a sex change in the US, press accounts affirmed here Friday. Full text...

  • Kenyan minister's "rape" comments anger activists
    10 february 2005 16:33:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Women's rights activists in Kenya are demanding the resignation of Justice Minister Kiraitu Murungi after he compared the USA's withdrawal of anti-graft funds from the country to an act of someone raping a submissive woman. Full text...

  • UNDP stresses gender parity for MDGs in Africa
    08 february 2005 12:03:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Africa's attainment of the millennium development goals (MDGs) lies in bringing about the equality of women and men, UNDP Deputy Regional Director for Africa Elizabeth Lwanga stressed here Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNDP gender forum to fillip women's profile
    04 february 2005 11:28:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- While some African countries have made progress to increase the women's profile in government, the majority of states continue to marginalise them in political decision-making structures, according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Full text...

  • Women associations in Cameroon mobilise against FGM
    02 february 2005 19:59:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonian women associations fighting female genital mutilation (FGM) are onto a vast mobilisation ahead of the World Excision Day next 6 February. Full text...

  • African First Ladies to discuss AIDS in Ouagadougou
    01 february 2005 19:55:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The second conference of African First Ladies on AIDS and conflict prevention will hold here on 9 February, official sources indicated Tuesday. Full text...

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