African Gender Awards (Femmes Africa Solidarité/FAS) -
  • AI Gambia joins campaign on violence against women
    15 february 2004 09:51:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Amnesty International (AI) Gambia organised a workshop here Saturday to mobilise stakeholders in view of a 12-month national campaign on violence against women, to be launched on 8 March. Full text...

  • FAS opens peace and development centre in Dakar
    13 february 2004 20:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Geneva-based NGO "Femmes Africa Solidarité" (Africa Women Solidarity) (FAS) has signed a headquarters agreement with the Senegalese government to have its Women's Centre for Peace and Development based in Dakar. Full text...

  • UNDP keen on empowerment of women in Africa
    13 february 2004 19:06:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- More than 100 representatives from 22 sub-Saharan African countries will attend a three-day workshop organised by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Sunday in Johannesburg to discuss strategies for promoting women's role in the development process in Africa. Full text...

  • Kenya women lobby for decision-making positions
    11 february 2004 11:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The National Council of Women of Kenya (NCWK) has embarked on a countrywide civic education programme to increase the number of women in decision- making positions. Full text...

  • UNFPA official warns against early marriages in Ethiopia
    09 february 2004 17:40:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Although Ethiopia has set 18 years as the legal age of marriage for girls, 60 percent of marriages in the country still involve girls below that age, UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative Monique Rakotomalala has said. Full text...

  • Niger authorities press on with campaign against FGM
    06 february 2004 20:36:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Social Development minister Abdoulwahid Halimatou Ousseini called Friday for a stepping up of the mobilisation against female genital mutilation (FGM) in Niger. Full text...

  • Africa marks day of zero tolerance to FGM
    05 february 2004 14:15:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Eight years to go no African girl should face the threat of undergoing genital mutilation, one of the harmful traditional practices the continent has set on the elimination path. Full text...

  • Uganda faces court action for neglecting children
    03 february 2004 15:37:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda's National Human Rights Tribunal will on Friday hear the case of a cabinet minister accused of neglecting his children born out of wedlock. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau women press for greater national roles
    30 january 2004 14:07:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Women in the West African nation of Guinea Bissau are charting a plan of action "to sensitise the political leadership" on the role of women in national development. Full text...

  • DR Congo prepares 30% government posts for women
    29 january 2004 12:27:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo government has asked the local chapter of the Network of African Women Ministers and Parliamentarians to provide a listing of female nominees to fill 30 percent of the positions in public institutions. Full text...

  • Woman heads Guinea Bissau Supreme Court
    27 january 2004 10:08:00
    Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Judge Maria do Ceu Monteiro was Monday elected President of the Supreme Court in Guinea Bissau by her peers, scooping six out of seven votes. Full text...

  • WAWA works for development in Senegal
    23 january 2004 22:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Senegalese chapter of the West African Women's Association (WAWA) is set to implement a 2004- 2006 action plan beginning March, to contribute to development in Senegal and Africa at large, secretary-general Khady Fall Tall told PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • Official says 60% of Gambian women live in absolute poverty
    23 january 2004 19:14:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian Vice-President Isatou Njie-Saidy, Friday lamented that 60% of the country's women were living under absolute poverty. Full text...

  • Nouakchott market women get Internet centre
    23 january 2004 16:54:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania Thursday took a giant step in advancing the new information and communication technologies locally with the opening of an Internet centre for women in a Nouakchott market. Full text...

  • Niger sets up national committee to combat sexual harassment
    18 january 2004 20:19:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger's Workers Union (USTN), one of the most important confederation of trade unions in the country, Sunday set up a national committee against sexual harassment and discrimination in Niger. Full text...

  • Chadian youths crusade against early marriage, FGM
    08 january 2004 23:50:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Youths in Guéra in Central Chad have formed what was dubbed the Standard Association against Early Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (ATCMPE) with a view to educating the public on the harmful consequences of such practices. Full text...

  • 1,532 women raped in DRC's Kindu province during war
    19 december 2003 20:21:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Studies by several organisations scrutinising violent crimes against women indicate that more than 1,532 women were raped during the rebel war in DR Congo's eastern Maniema province whose main town is Kindu. Full text...

  • National forum on FGM opens in Bamako
    16 december 2003 12:33:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A national forum on female genital mutilation (FGM) opened here Tuesday to highlight difficulties stakeholders encounter in the fight against the practice and to define a plan of action. Full text...

  • Women leaders organise against FGM in Ethiopia
    12 december 2003 11:23:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The NGO, Intra Health International/PRIME II in Ethiopia on Friday announced it has formed a women's leader team to work toward the abolition of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the country. Full text...

  • 118 Senegalese villages abandon FGM
    11 december 2003 23:57:00
    Bignona- Senegal (PANA) -- One hundred and eighteen villages in two regions in southern Senegal have declared an end to female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage, at a solemn function organised in Oulampane by the NGO TOSTAN, in collaboration with UNICEF. Full text...

  • UNICEF: girls' education is crucial to global development
    11 december 2003 08:33:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A major UNICEF report contends that international development efforts are drastically short- changing girls, leaving hundreds of millions of them uneducated and unable to contribute to positive change for themselves, their children, or their communities. Full text...

  • Swazi widow sews for a living
    10 december 2003 21:38:00
    KaLomshiyo- Swaziland (PANA) -- Armed with a never-say-die resilience and an unswerving resolve to tackle adversity head-on, 49-year old Anna Gama is a standing example of how some Swazi widows brave the odds to survive. Full text...

  • SA parliament reviews sexual offences act
    10 december 2003 14:37:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Parliament is currently considering a new Sexual Offences Bill which among other things tackles a new definition of rape that will allow women to enter court as the accuser rather than the victim. Full text...

  • Kenyan Muslim clerics to fight anti-FGM war
    10 december 2003 09:33:00
    Isiolo- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Muslim leaders are Wednesday meeting in the northern Kenya town of Isiolo for a brainstorming session on female genital mutilation (FGM) in order to find ways to arrest the vice in the mainly pastoral communities inhabiting the desert wasteland region. Full text...

  • Niger energy regulation authority gets lady chair
    09 december 2003 20:18:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- After the Higher Communication Council (CSC), another body in Niger, the Multi-sectoral Regulation Authority (ARM) has had a woman, Sory Boubacar Zalika appointed to head it. Full text...

  • South Africa hosts 5th all-girl surfing contest
    08 december 2003 16:35:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Durban beaches at the weekend hosted more than 120 female surfers for the fifth edition of the Roxy Wahine Cup, the country's only stand-alone all-girl surf contest. Full text...

  • Mano River Women win 2003 human rights award
    06 december 2003 18:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Mano River Women's Peace Network (MARWOPNET) has been awarded the 2003 United Nations Prize in recognition of its outstanding achievement in human rights. Full text...

  • Catholic women reflect on peace in Burkina Faso
    05 december 2003 22:25:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- About 100 women from the ten Catholic dioceses of Burkina Faso Friday ended a two-day meeting here, aimed at sensitising people on conflict resolution. Full text...

  • Ugandan sex workers push for legal recognition
    04 december 2003 17:52:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda sex workers look set to gain legal status following a change in attitude among MPs towards a law that associates prostitution with being "idle and disorderly," - the legislation police use to harass women on the street. Full text...

  • Zambian teen mothers find their way back to school
    04 december 2003 13:23:00
    Grand Baie- Mauritius (PANA) -- Despite their early motherhood, some 2,600 Zambian girls returned to school after delivering their babies in the past two years, thanks to the adoption of a new policy being propagated continent-wide by the Forum for African Women Educationists (FAWE). Full text...

  • Western Cape launches women's entrepreneurs network
    04 december 2003 12:55:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Women Entrepreneurs' Network (SAWEN) Thursday launched its Western Cape branch near Cape Town. Full text...

  • Men represent Zambian women at regional gender conference
    02 december 2003 09:45:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Officials of the Zambian Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) caused a stir here when they opted for a delegation of ten men to represent them at a conference in Lilongwe, Malawi on child defilement and violence against women. Full text...

  • French expert criticises women's role in NEPAD
    01 december 2003 22:53:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Women have been accorded a minimal role in the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), according to Yves Marie Laulan, who heads the French Cedimes Institute, which specialises in international co-operation. Full text...

  • Benin women attend development workshop
    29 november 2003 19:48:00
    Ouidah- Benin (PANA) -- Some 30 women MPs, NGOs officials and women opinion leaders are meeting in Ouidah, about 40-km from Cotonou, on the UN Millennium Development Goals. Full text...

  • Abused Swazi men break silence
    29 november 2003 18:27:00
    Manzini- Swaziland (PANA) -- With an increase in all forms of abuse cases in Swaziland, Swazi men have finally taken the bold step of reporting their suffering at the hands of their women to the Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA). Full text...

  • Tunisian ruling party moves to empower women
    28 november 2003 19:21:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The ruling Democratic Constitutional Movement (RCD) in Tunisia has said it would, beginning with the next elections, ensure that women constitute at least a quarter of its candidates for seats in Parliament and local councils. Full text...

  • Swazi woman engages in woodcarving to raise family
    27 november 2003 21:53:00
    Mbadlane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Thanks to a thriving wood carving business, Thembelihle Dludlu of Mbadlane in the Swazi region of Lubombo continues to provide for her family after the retrenchment of her husband from the defunct Mpaka coal mine. Full text...

  • Swazi girl dances to raise school fees
    27 november 2003 21:17:00
    Siphofaneni- Swaziland (PANA) -- To break free from the grip of poverty in her home and community, Swazi teenager Nonciniseko Gamedze is making the best of her talent in dancing 'sibhaca' to raise money for her school fees. Full text...

  • Ugandan police nab 22 teachers for defiling pupils
    27 november 2003 14:49:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Police authorities are holding 22 primary school teachers for allegedly defiling over 50 female students attending various primary schools of Kayunga district, about 120 km east of the capital. Full text...

  • Gender violence gravely affects South African economy
    27 november 2003 13:51:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- As South Africans observe the "16 Days of Activism on No Violence Against Women and Children", a local business expert against crime warned Thursday of the negative effects on gender violence the economy. Full text...

  • Passion killings on the rise in Botswana
    26 november 2003 15:10:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Gender parity activists in Botswana take to the streets Thursday to protest rising gender-based violence in the southern African nation of about 1. Full text...

  • UNAIDS alarms high HIV infection among African women
    26 november 2003 12:26:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has alarmed the contamination of African women, saying that nearly 70 percent of African girls aged 15-24 were HIV positive. Full text...

  • SA men march against violence on women, children
    25 november 2003 12:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africans in the Western Cape took a stand against violence on women and children Tuesday by coming out in droves to participate in a Men's March. Full text...

  • Mbeki roots for non-violence against women, children
    25 november 2003 12:19:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki Tuesday launched the "16 Days of Activism on No Violence Against Women and Children" campaign, urging the public to wear a white ribbon in support of the anti-violence activism. Full text...

  • Mali women seek greater say in State affairs
    23 november 2003 11:29:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Women's rights activists have agreed with several political parties to launch a framework for consultations towards improving solidarity among women and articulating their interests within political circles in Mali. Full text...

  • Over 8 million women raped in DR Congo's South-Kivu
    21 november 2003 19:56:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- More than eight million were raped in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's South-Kivu province since the outbreak of the second civil war in 1998. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire launches week for the defence of women
    20 november 2003 20:22:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire, (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire's family, women and children affairs ministry has initiated a women's week from 19-26 November to sensitise the population on the need to end physical, sexual, moral and psychological violence against them and children. Full text...

  • Malian Education minister urges massive enrolment of girls
    19 november 2003 12:07:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali National Education minister Mamadou Lamine Traore has called for concerted efforts towards the education of girls, whose school attendance in the country averages only 53 percent, as against 70 percent of boys. Full text...

  • Niger journalists end gender workshop
    17 november 2003 16:08:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Some 100 journalists from Niger media organisations ended an 11-day gender workshop in Niamey at the weekend. Full text...

  • Liberian women complain of abuses by warring factions
    16 november 2003 09:26:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian have made an impassioned call on the interim parliament to put an end to ongoing "gross human rights abuses" being committed by fighters of various warring faction s against women and children. Full text...

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