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

  • Horn of Africa seeks consensus against FGM
    24 january 2005 14:06:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Governmental and non-governmental organisations in the Horn of Africa countries will hold a two-day conference in Djibouti next week on how to end the practice of female genital mutilation. Full text...

  • Mauritania's ruling PRDS vows to empower women
    14 january 2005 21:32:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA ) -- Mauritania's ruling Democratic and Social Republican Party, PRDS, is to empower the country's women as part of efforts towards creating an egalitarian society, Secretary General Boullah Ould Mogueya has said. Full text...

  • Study highlights problems faced by women war reporters
    14 january 2005 10:14:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A significant number of women reporters covering conflicts suffer physical attacks or intimidation, according to a new survey conducted by the International News Safety Institute (INSI) based in Brussels. Full text...

  • Berenger advocates entry of women in politics
    01 january 2005 13:33:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Prime Minister Paul Berenger is advocating the entry of more women and young girls into Parliament and the cabinet after the general elections scheduled in August or September this year. Full text...

  • Kenya police arrest man for forceful circumcision
    29 december 2004 08:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Police in the central Kenya district of Meru Wednesday arrested a traditional surgeon for allegedly circumcising two men who had already undergone the rite. Full text...

  • International Day against sexual violence marked in DR Congo
    28 december 2004 21:28:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo's South-Kivu province has marked this year's International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence, with activists condemning the practice. Full text...

  • Uganda women MPs root for female presidential post
    23 december 2004 15:33:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Female members of the Ugandan parliament have proposed the enactment of a law that would make a woman Vice President to a male President and vice-versa, arguing that this portends gender equality was "not a mere verbal token". Full text...

  • Mauritania, Qatar to promote women's affairs
    19 december 2004 12:50:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania and Qatar have set up a joint body to promote women's affairs in their countries, official sources said. Full text...

  • Official commends advancement of women in Mauritania
    14 december 2004 21:22:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania's Secretary of State for women affairs, Zeinebou Mint Mohamed Ould Nahah, said the country had taken major steps in women's advancement, due largely to the political will of its leaders. Full text...

  • Malian designer holds show for HIV-positive women
    13 december 2004 23:14:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A Malian designer, Awa Meite, is organising the exhibition of nearly 80 models here Monday at a fashion show dedicated to women living with the incurable HIV/AIDS, the promoters of the event told PANA. Full text...

  • Cameroonian men approve violence against women
    10 december 2004 21:46:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- About 38. Full text...

  • More women enter Cameroonian govt
    10 december 2004 18:39:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The number of Cameroonian women in government rose from three to six in the new cabinet decreed here last Wednesday by President Paul Biya. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe swears in first female vice president
    06 december 2004 19:41:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's first female vice president, Joyce Mujuru, was sworn into office Monday as President Robert Mugabe's second deputy. Full text...

  • Gender discrimination affects Ugandan schoolgirls
    06 december 2004 13:48:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Sexual harassment and gender discrimination are largely to blame for the high school drop-out rate among girls in Uganda, says the Kampala's state minister for education, Geraldine Namirembe Bitamazire. Full text...

  • UN official sues for more women in African public services
    01 december 2004 11:31:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Employing more female civil servants may be key to instilling a greater degree of ethical values and professionalism to ensure client-oriented and responsive public administrations in Africa, a senior UN official suggested here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Moroccan group launches web site on violence against women
    30 november 2004 23:11:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco's national network of monitoring centres for women victims of violence (ANARUZ) announced Tuesday the launch of a web site on violence against women. Full text...

  • Gambian women kick against FGM
    30 november 2004 19:44:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- A group of Gambian women Tuesday launched a sensitisation campaign against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and other harmful traditional practices and gender-based violence against women in the country. Full text...

  • HRW urges Egypt to ensure women's equal right to divorce
    30 november 2004 19:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Despite some legal reforms, Human Rights Watch (HRW) insists Egypt's divorce system discriminates against women and undermines their right to end a marriage. Full text...

  • Reunion women decry domestic violence
    26 november 2004 20:20:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- A protest march against violence on women and children has been announced here for 28 November. Full text...

  • Mauritians say no to violence against women
    25 november 2004 23:04:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritians of both sexes and different ages Thursday joined in a public show of support for Amnesty International's call for the intensification of the fight against violence directed at women. Full text...

  • UN officials harp on violence against women globally
    25 november 2004 18:28:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- As the world marked International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN officials led by Secretary-General Kofi Annan Thursday called for building a world in which women enjoy rights and freedoms on equal basis with men. Full text...

  • Zambian women join global activism against gender violence
    25 november 2004 17:59:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Scores of Zambian women Thursday in Lusaka joined their counterparts in other parts of the world to commemorate the international days against gender violence. Full text...

  • UNIFEM assesses MDGs progress in western Kenya
    25 november 2004 16:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UN International Fund for Women (UNIFEM) Thursday launched a four-day monitoring process to assess progress made in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in two districts in western Kenya. Full text...

  • Kenya gets new gender balancing Commission
    24 november 2004 18:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya has earmarked $125,000 for the newly formed National Commission for Gender and Development, mandated to address existing gender disparities in the country, Sports and Culture Minister Ochilo Ayacko said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Women rights defenders urged to continue struggle
    20 november 2004 19:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Gambian-born Jainaba Johm, an official of the African Commission on Human and People's Rights (ACHPR), has reminded women rights activists that the struggle for justice was "continuous", requiring advocates not to relent in the process. Full text...

  • Mugabe endorses candidature of woman deputy
    20 november 2004 19:18:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe said Saturday he had endorsed plans by his ruling ZANU-PF party to appoint a woman as his deputy, the highest political position assigned to a female in the country. Full text...

  • US academic grant for 6,000 Guinean girls
    20 november 2004 17:25:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- The US government has offered scholarships worth $850,000 to 6,000 female students in primary schools in Guinea for the academic year 2004-2005, the state- owned radio announced here Saturday. Full text...

  • UNDP elevates women's skills for peace building
    19 november 2004 09:53:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ten women leaders from the Mano River Basin countries and Cote d'Ivoire will next week take part in a training for trainers workshop here being part of the UNDP initiative to empower women with enhanced skills in conflict analysis and peace building. Full text...

  • DR Congo, Sudan get UN grants to fight gender-based violence
    16 november 2004 16:56:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Sudan and DR Congo have been listed among 17 countries worldwide to benefit from $1 million in grants announced Tuesday by the UN Trust Fund to Eliminate Violence Against Women. Full text...

  • Woman heads Liberia press union
    15 november 2004 20:28:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Elizabeth Hoff, a radio journalist has become the first female to head the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) since its founding 40 years ago. Full text...

  • Minor takes mother to police for "selling" her into marriage
    12 november 2004 14:45:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A 15-year-old girl in northern Uganda has reported her mother to police in Gulu town for trying to get her to marry a man against her wish, the official New Vision reported Friday. Full text...

  • UN introduces gender programme in Burundi
    30 october 2004 16:40:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The UN Operation in Burundi (UNOB) has announced the creation of a special unit on gender promotion in its programme to stem discrimination against women in the country. Full text...

  • Tunisian women win large share of parliamentary seats
    28 october 2004 11:20:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian women have won an unprecedented share of seats in the new Tunisian Chamber of Deputies, taking 22. Full text...

  • Displaced women in Uganda get delivery kits
    25 october 2004 10:31:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) has targeted some 3,000 expectant mothers in internally displaced persons camps in northern Uganda with delivery kits worth $34,442. Full text...

  • Cape Town woman completes historic swimming double
    18 october 2004 19:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Cape Town musician and long distance swimmer Carina Bruwer has returned to South Africa after becoming the first person to swim around both the southern and northern tips of Africa. Full text...

  • Ministers renew commitment to speed up women empowerment
    14 october 2004 15:01:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Promotion of gender equality in Africa was Thursday given a new thrust after ministers responsible for gender affairs agreed to pursue key actions to accelerate the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action. Full text...

  • Africa's gains no cause for complacency in gender struggle
    13 october 2004 08:25:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Implementation of the Dakar and Beijing platforms for action to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women got under scrutiny here Wednesday at a ministerial conference seeking the regional consensus on priority gender issues. Full text...

  • EAC, Great Lakes women form conflict resolution network
    12 october 2004 12:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Women from seven countries in the Eastern Africa and the Great Lake region have resolved to create a women's network as their instrument for conflict resolution. Full text...

  • Morocco sets up centre for studies on women
    11 october 2004 23:11:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco has set up a centre for Information, Documentation and Studies on Women (Cmidef), which was inaugurated here last Sunday. Full text...

  • Women from the Great Lakes congratulate Wangari Maathai
    10 october 2004 15:17:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Delegates to the ongoing women's regional meeting that started Thursday in Kigali as part of the preparation for the upcoming international conference on the Great Lakes have hailed the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize awarded environmentalist and human rights activist Wangari Maathai of Kenya. Full text...

  • Women from DR Congo fully attend Great Lakes forum
    08 october 2004 22:09:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A delegation of Congolese women is in Kigali, Rwanda participating in the 7-9 October women's regional meeting being held as part of the international conference on peace, security, democracy and development in the Great Lakes. Full text...

  • Gender insensitive policies keep African women marginalised
    08 october 2004 09:09:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Despite achievements and progress made in advancing gender equality over the last ten years in Africa, the majority of the women on the continent are still denied access to productive and critical resources, a prominent Egyptian woman activist said here Friday. Full text...

  • Forum urges grooming of young women for leadership
    07 october 2004 14:24:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- There is need for African nations to mentor and empower young women to take over leadership from the older generation of women leaders, according to participants of the NGO Forum at the ongoing African Regional Conference assessing the 10 years since the Beijing UN Conference on Women. Full text...

  • Great Lakes women meet over agenda for peace
    07 october 2004 09:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Women from the core countries of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, or IC/GLR, began a three-day meeting Thursday in Kinshasa, DR Congo, to forge recommendations to regional leaders who hold their first in Tanzania in November. Full text...

Special File - African Gender Awards (Femmes Africa Solidarité/FAS)

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