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  • 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...

  • 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...

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