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  • Gambia launches report on exploitation of children
    05 may 2004 16:05:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Gambia government and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Wednesday launched a report on sexual abuse and exploitation of children, following a country- wide study to determine the prevalence of the problem in the country. Full text...

  • UNICEF denounces child abuse and gender violence in Zambia
    05 may 2004 12:57:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has lamented the increasing rate of child abuse and gender related violence cases in Zambia, noting that in 2003, cases of this nature increased in Lusaka alone to 1,800 from 865 in the previous year. Full text...

  • SADC'S future depends on its youth, says Graca Machel
    29 april 2004 16:19:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Graca Machel, the widow of Mozambique's first President, Samora Machel, has urged the youth of Southern Africa to commit themselves fully to the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Full text...

  • Women's situation improves in Central Africa
    23 april 2004 22:55:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Participants at the sub-regional meeting that ended here Thursday on the assessment of the implementation of Beijing Action Platform underscored progress already achieved in terms of reinforcement of the situation of women and girls in education and decision-making. Full text...

  • Ugandan women claim discrimination in army
    23 april 2004 19:42:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Women activists in Uganda are strongly demanding the repeal of a clause in the army bill barring female cadets from bearing children before a mandatory four-year military service. Full text...

  • Brazzaville conference assesses Beijing action plan
    20 april 2004 11:14:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The sub-regional meeting to assess the Beijing Action Plan in Central Africa ten years on, is underway here under the chairmanship of Government Action minister Isidore Mvouba. Full text...

  • Several African nations lag in gender parity goal
    19 april 2004 23:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Several Sub-Saharan African countries are unlikely to reach the gender parity goal in primary and secondary education in 2005, according to the world follow-up report on Education for All (EFA) 2003/2004. Full text...

  • Nearly half of Casablanca women suffer marital violence
    18 april 2004 18:20:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Up to 40 percent of Moroccan women admitted at hospitals in Casablanca, 100 km south of here, have suffered marital violence, according to a 200-page study released here at the weekend. Full text...

  • Gabon urges women to step up development efforts
    17 april 2004 16:09:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese Minister of Family, Women's Promotion and Child Protection, Angelique Ngoma, has urged her fellow women to network in a bid to efficiently participate in the development of the country. Full text...

  • Authorities find Eastern Kasai adolescents sexually active
    15 april 2004 20:36:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Eight out of ten 15-year-old girls in the diamond mining areas the Eastern Kasai district of Tshilenge are sexually active, according to local authorities. Full text...

  • SA university honours former anti-apartheid woman activist
    15 april 2004 12:48:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The University of the Witwatersrand here will 20 April confer a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, on former anti-apartheid and women's rights activist, Amina Cachalia (nee Asvat), the university disclosed Thursday. Full text...

  • North African women convene in Morocco
    15 april 2004 09:36:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- A three-day meeting on "The Ten-Year Evaluation of the Implementation of the Beijing Action Plan for Women's Empowerment" entered its second day Thursday in Tangier (northern Morocco) with delegates from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Mauritania, Libya, Egypt and Sudan attending. Full text...

  • Zambian NGO urges Africa to look after interests of its youth
    13 april 2004 15:30:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A Zambian youth group has urged Africa to improve the protection and welfare of its children, an official of the organisation declared here Tuesday. Full text...

  • MP's demand sanitary pads for girls in schools
    09 april 2004 18:29:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Stung by the rising number of girls dropping out from school due to their menstruation periods, the Ugandan parliament's social services committee want the government to provide sanitary pads to female pupils in primary schools. Full text...

  • MSF documents horrors of DR Congo war
    03 april 2004 14:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Women in the eastern DR Congo town of Baraka and the surrounding areas of South Kivu are still subjected to horrific abuses, notably gang-rapes by lingering combatants in the area, according to a report by the international medical charity, Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF). Full text...

  • SA minister emphasises power of women's votes
    29 march 2004 11:41:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Minister of Minerals and Energy Affairs, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has urged women to vote to ensure that they advance the gains women have made in the male dominated business sector in South Africa. Full text...

  • Women earn far less than men in Nigeria - UNIFEM
    26 march 2004 10:21:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Income of women in economic activity in Nigeria in 2003 fell far short of their male counterparts, the UN Fund for Women (UNIFEM) charged in a report released here Thursday. Full text...

  • 1,000 Gabonese women train in NICT
    25 march 2004 13:06:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- About a thousand women were initiated in new information and communication technologies (NICTs) at a one-week workshop held in Libreville, Gabon as part of the International Francophonie Day. Full text...

  • Men claim suffering violence from wives in Uganda
    22 march 2004 19:24:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Domestic violence masterminded by women is on the increase, following another stunning revelation that nearly 100 men were battered and denied sex by their wives during 2003 in Uganda's eastern district of Kayunga. Full text...

  • Mauritanian female lawyer named FIDH vice chair
    19 march 2004 20:52:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Mauritanian female lawyer Fatima M'Baye has been appointed vice chair at the International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH), sources confirmed here Friday. Full text...

  • Woman named interim head of Sierra Leone war crimes court
    18 march 2004 08:46:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Austrian judge Renate Winter has replaced the controversial President of the Special Court for war crimes in Sierra Leone, Geoffrey Robertson, court sources said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Activist says South Africa, Europe source sex workers in Malawi
    17 march 2004 22:39:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A leading gender activist affirmed here Wednesday that high levels of poverty had turned Malawi into a major source for women and children trafficked to South Africa and Europe for sexual exploitation. Full text...

  • Gabon female MPs join fight against HIV/AIDS
    17 march 2004 17:15:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- A workshop intended to ingrain Gabonese women parliamentarians into the fight against HIV/AIDS entered its second day here at the National Assembly with discussion on the rights and protection of victims of the scourge. Full text...

  • Woman opens first Swazi-owned eye clinic
    17 march 2004 13:30:00
    Manzini- Swaziland (PANA) -- For 33-year-old female optometrist, Khangezile Mdluli, perseverance is the mother of success. Full text...

  • Eastern Cape women showcase South African dishes
    12 march 2004 08:34:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Eastern Cape women are this weekend organising a food fair in the South African town of Port St Johns where guests from around the country would converge to celebrate the province's indigenous foods. Full text...

  • World Women's Day makes new impact for Libyan women
    10 march 2004 20:23:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The celebration of World Women's Day in Libya this year mobilised throngs at the official ceremony as well as during workshops and debates organised in Tripoli and in other cities. Full text...

  • Mme Konare in solidarity with Ethiopian women groups
    10 march 2004 10:58:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Women associations throughout Africa should be encouraged in their struggle to sustain life and as a mark of respect and solidarity, said Adame Ba Konare, wife of African Union (AU) Commission chairman Alpha Oumar Konare. Full text...

  • Nigerian AIDS campaigner, 3 others bag Reebok award
    09 march 2004 17:05:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Three women activists including a Nigerian HIV/AIDS campaigner, Yinka Jegede-Ekpe, have been named recipients of this year's Reebok Human Rights Award, for their efforts to ensure equality, justice, peace and development of women in the world. Full text...

  • UN, others harp on impact of HIV/AIDS on women
    09 march 2004 15:17:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- In just one decade women have moved from the margins of the HIV/AIDS pandemic to its very centre, a senior official from the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) said in New York at a seminar on the International Women's Day. Full text...

  • President Bouteflika pardons 242 female inmates
    08 march 2004 19:19:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika pardoned 242 women common law inmates in a goodwill gesture to mark the International Women's Day, official sources said here Monday. Full text...

  • Ghanaian women march for anti-domestic violence bill
    08 march 2004 19:12:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian women Monday marched on Accra streets against domestic violence and demanded the passing of a stalled Domestic Violence Bill. Full text...

  • 50,000 Cameroonian women marched in Yaounde Monday
    08 march 2004 19:11:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- At least 50,000 women participated in a parade organised Monday at Yaounde's 20 May Boulevard to mark the 19th international women's day. Full text...

  • Annan worried by HIV/AIDS spread among African women
    08 march 2004 18:35:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan Monday expressed concern that more than half of adults living with HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa were women. Full text...

  • Pregnancy complications kill 6,000 Ugandans yearly
    08 march 2004 18:24:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Pregnancy-related complications kill 6,000 women, particularly young economically-productive teenagers annually, according to a United Nations-funded study, local medical practitioners and women activists. Full text...

  • SA official wants sexually traumatised women supported
    08 march 2004 15:43:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Gauteng provincial health official, Gwen Ramokgopa on Monday called for support to women who have been traumatised by sexual assault as the world observes International Women's Day. Full text...

  • Kenya gets new law on gender development goals
    08 march 2004 15:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya has enacted a new legislation to strengthen the machinery for the implementation of gender and development goals, Gender, Sports and Culture Minister Najib Balala said in Nairobi Monday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia to empower women for safer sex
    08 march 2004 15:07:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia's policy on HIV/AIDS seeks to empower women, youth and other vulnerable groups to protect themselves against the disease and to negotiate for safer sex, the national HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office (HAPCO) chief, Nigatu Mereke said here Monday. Full text...

  • Samba urges integration of women in national, global economy
    08 march 2004 14:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- As the world marks the International Women's Day, Ebrahim Samba, WHO Regional Director for Africa, Monday called on leaders and other stakeholders to create the conditions that facilitate the integration of women in national and global economy. Full text...

  • Mauritanian households headed by women are poorer
    08 march 2004 14:05:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Women-headed households in Mauritania are poorer than those under the aegis of men, says a publication by the Mauritanian Centre for Political Analysis (CMAP). Full text...

  • UN Habitat trains Somali women in good governance
    08 march 2004 12:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Conflict resolution and peace remains the greatest challenge facing Somalia, women delegates from the country affirmed at the close of a three-week trainer's workshop organised in Nakuru, Kenya by UN Habitat under the Somalia Good Local Governance and Leadership Training Programme. Full text...

  • Woman races for Algerian presidency
    08 march 2004 11:41:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- In an unprecedented move, a woman Louisa Hanoune declared her candidature for the presidential election in Algeria, where the family code still considers women as minors. Full text...

  • Judge bemoans violence on Swazi women
    08 march 2004 11:15:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- At the launch of a book on domestic violence, 'Multiple Jeopardy' published by the Swaziland Chapter of Women and Law in Southern Africa, Judge Thomas Masuku urged the nation to mobilise against the scourge. Full text...

  • WFP puts women at centre of food security
    08 march 2004 09:17:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- In a bid to give women a major stake in the global drive for food sufficiency, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is marking this year's International Women's Day with the theme "Putting women at the centre of food security". Full text...

  • Malians gear up for international women's day
    07 march 2004 09:30:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Cultural events, debates and exhibition sales of wares made by Malian women will be held in several parts of Mali Monday to mark the international women's day on the theme "Women and business, the stakes, challenges and opportunities". Full text...

  • Mauritania unveils International Women's Day activities
    06 march 2004 11:54:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian First Lady Aicha Mint Ahmed Ould Tolba Friday kicked off activities marking the International Women's Day being celebrated March 8. Full text...

  • ILO: Women still suffer job inequality, poverty
    05 march 2004 14:26:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Although women are entering the global labour force in record numbers, they still face higher unemployment rates and lower wages, a new report by the International Labour Office (ILO) has revealed. Full text...

  • Fighting violence against women in South Africa
    05 march 2004 13:20:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- In a national call to action, to coincide with International Women's Day next Monday, the South African government, the government of Denmark and the United Nations (UN) will meet to strengthen their partnership to fight Violence Against Women and Children. Full text...

  • Ethiopian teens discuss education of girls
    04 march 2004 19:01:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Ethiopian Teenagers Forum held its fourth meeting here Thursday, with discussions centring on the education of the girl child. Full text...

  • Campaign urges continued education for pregnant girls
    03 march 2004 20:28:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Education for All advocates urged here Wednesday for pregnant pupils to be allowed to continue in school. Full text...

  • Ethiopia pays attention to women empowerment
    03 march 2004 14:08:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Empowering women in industrial production will be the focus of this year's International Women's Day celebrations in Ethiopia, a senior official in the trade and industry ministry said here Wednesday. Full text...

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