African Gender Awards (Femmes Africa Solidarité/FAS) -
  • Put national interests first - Ivorian women
    17 january 2003 16:56:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Ivorian women Friday launched an appeal to the 32 delegates meeting on the Ivorian crisis in Marcoussis near Paris to "to put national interests first" in the talks. Full text...

  • Ivorian Premier wants more women involvement in governance
    14 january 2003 21:42:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- On the eve of roundtable talks in Paris on the future of Cote d'Ivoire, Prime Minister Pascal Affi N'guessan Tuesday suggested that Ivorian women representation in parliament should be increased in a proposed government of national unity pledged by President Laurent Gbagbo. Full text...

  • Abidjan women snub rally endorsing Paris talks
    11 january 2003 17:59:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Turn out was very low at a rally called Saturday by the Association of Patriotic Ivorian Women (CFPI) to show support for the upcoming meeting in Paris on the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Paris hosts exhibition dedicated to Burkinabe women
    09 january 2003 22:12:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- An exhibition dedicated to the daily lives of the Burkinabe women has opened at the community centre of the Place Saint-Michel in the fifth Arrondissement of Paris. Full text...

  • Congolese women urge parties to respect Pretoria accord
    09 january 2003 14:10:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- At least 2,000 Congolese women staged a demonstration Wednesday in Kinshasa to urge all political forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo to abide by and implement the all inclusive agreement signed in Pretoria last month. Full text...

  • Muslim scholars against planned gay movement in Morocco
    06 january 2003 22:10:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The Moroccan League of Ulemas (scholars) has strongly denounced a plan to set up a gay movement in the kindgom, and lambasted the authorities' silence following media reports that a world congress of homosexuals was being planned in Marrakesh, 320 km south of Rabat. Full text...

  • Tunisian women to be drafted into military service
    05 january 2003 12:56:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian authorities have decided that the country's women would, starting this year, be subjected to a yearlong obligatory military. Full text...

  • Cameroonian woman recalls harrowing encounter with prostitution
    02 january 2003 13:43:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Biting the lower lip as she strains to hold back her tears Marie Solange, 25, a frail woman with tousled hair from the southern region of Cameroon tells of her trials and tribulations in prostitution. Full text...

  • Ivorian civil war displaces 2,000 women
    27 december 2002 13:40:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Ivorian minister of health, solidarity and social security Clotilde Ohouochi said here Friday that at least 2,000 women have fled their homes in civil war affected zones in her country since the 19 September military rebellion. Full text...

  • Ivorian maidservant placement agencies form association
    26 december 2002 20:17:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- About a hundred Abidjan-based agencies involved in the placement of domestic servants have formed an association. Full text...

  • Lobby decries dearth of women candidates in Kenyan polls
    24 december 2002 19:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Ahead of general polls coming up 27 December, the Federation of Women Lawyers in Kenya (FIDA-Kenya) has issued a report decrying "the marginalisation of women in the electoral process". Full text...

  • Girls' school attendance rate increases in Niger
    23 december 2002 10:29:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Girls' school attendance rates in Niger rose from 36 percent in 1999-200 to 40. Full text...

  • Women in DR Congo's Maniema Province send out SOS
    17 december 2002 17:42:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The NGO of Women Natives of the Congolese Maniema Province (UOFEM) is appealing to local and foreign partners to rescue some 2 million persons who are residents of that province, which risks being wiped off DR Congo's map. Full text...

  • South Africans end 16 days of activism against violence
    11 december 2002 08:22:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Minister of Social Development, Dr Zola Skweyiya, has challenged adults to resist all forms of misconduct and abuse against women and children and the elderly in their communities, where they must network to ensure safer living environments. Full text...

  • King Mswati denies eyeing Miss Swaziland as fiancée
    10 december 2002 12:09:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swaziland's King Mswati III has refuted allegations that he was eyeing Miss Swaziland, Nozipho Shabangu as his future wife. Full text...

  • Burkinabe First Lady joins anti-FGM campaign
    08 december 2002 15:30:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Burkinabe First Lady Chantal Compaore is due in Brussels Sunday ahead of the lunching on Monday of an international campaign against female genital mutilation dubbed 'Stop FGM', diplomatic sources indicated in the Belgian capital. Full text...

  • Ex-boyfriend denounces girl picked for wife by Swazi king
    05 december 2002 19:26:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- In the latest twist to the controversy surrounding manoeuvres by King Mswati III to take 18- year-old Zena Mahlangu for a wife, an ex-boyfriend of the teenager has made embarrassing allegations about her past. Full text...

  • South African firm supports abused women, children
    05 december 2002 08:20:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's leading electricity utility, Eskom, has donated a three-million-rand (about 330,000 US-dollar) property in Johannesburg to Gauteng's Safety and Liaison Department to be used as a Centre for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Full text...

  • Mauritius goes tough on sexual discrimination
    04 december 2002 13:10:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A bill proposing harsher sentences and heavy fines for sexual discrimination has been tabled before Parliament in Mauritius by Women's Rights and Family Welfare minister Arianne Navarre-Marie, according to sources at the National Assembly. Full text...

  • Social critic warns Ugandan women about child feeding
    03 december 2002 22:07:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A social critic and child advocate on Tuesday criticised Ugandan women for the habit of feeding their husbands like kings and leaving their children underfed with food leftovers in many households. Full text...

  • UNFPA worries over increased poverty among women
    03 december 2002 17:36:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Population Fund (UNFPA) announced Tuesday that more women than men live in poverty world-wide, in spite of efforts to reduce gender inequality. Full text...

  • UNESCO envoy denounces sexual exploitation of girls in DR Congo
    29 november 2002 18:05:00
    Kinshasa- RD Congo (PANA) -- UNESCO Representative in DR Congo, Ernest Fassbender, has urged the media to fight against sexual exploitation of girls in the country's higher education institutions and training centres. Full text...

  • Benin sets up women's promotion commission
    28 november 2002 20:44:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A commission to promote Beninese women's work in development has been set up in the country. Full text...

  • Mbeki says police, courts should show more understanding
    26 november 2002 22:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki said Tuesday that South African police and the courts should work to better understand the plight of women and children as victims of abuse. Full text...

  • 70,000 forced marriages of African immigrants in France yearly
    26 november 2002 16:23:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- More than 70,000 young girls in France, mainly from North and sub-Saharan African immigrant families, are forced to marry husbands chosen for them by their parents, local NGOs charged in Paris Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africans march against violence on women, children
    25 november 2002 17:35:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- For the fifth time in its eight years as a democracy, South Africa on Monday took part in the global campaign to combat the scourge of women and child abuse. Full text...

  • New deep-water harbour a boost for South African women
    21 november 2002 16:00:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- For more than 10 years after leaving school, Noluthando Luzipo, who lives in Motherwell in South Africa's Eastern Cape Province, struggled to find a job. Full text...

  • Mauritian NGO fights violence against women
    19 november 2002 17:13:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian women NGO "SOS Femmes," said Tuesday it had despatched some 33,000 letters to men, within the framework of the International Day on violence against women, marked 25 November. Full text...

  • Rwandan group celebrates anniversary
    18 november 2002 10:54:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Pro-Femmes Twese Hamwe, a grouping of 41 Rwandan women's associations active in the socio-economic sectors, Sunday celebrated its 10 anniversary with spectacular festivities attended by President Paul Kagame and other senior officials in the country. Full text...

  • Kenyan women MP aspirants seek donors' support
    12 november 2002 11:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As general elections draw near, Kenyan women parliamentary aspirants are appealing for donors' assistance to enhance their role and influence in the present and future political process. Full text...

  • South African regional minister vows to protect children
    06 november 2002 12:04:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Parents should not use their children to settle scores, South Africa's Gauteng Province Safety and Liaison Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said Wednesday. Full text...

  • UNESCO denounces discriminations toward Cameroonian women
    04 november 2002 21:13:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- UNESCO is denouncing obstacles to the accession of Cameroonian women to positions of responsibility, and their social promotion. Full text...

  • Women still lead in HIV/AIDS death toll in Uganda
    03 november 2002 13:30:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- As more adults than children continue to die of the HIV/AIDS in Uganda, women lead the death toll in comparison to men, the ministry of health has revealed in a surveillance report here. Full text...

  • Benin woman wins UN poverty eradication prize
    28 october 2002 22:20:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin national Grâce Dotou, 59, has won the 2002 UN poverty eradication prize, and is due to receive the award next Wednesday in New York. Full text...

  • Men to blame for Africa's menacing AIDS pandemic
    25 october 2002 21:00:00
    Sal- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Curbing Africa's galloping HIV/AIDS infection rates will, to a large extent, depend on the ability to stop the reckless sexual behaviour of men, argues an expert in population issues. Full text...

  • Tunisian women inch way into decision-making positions
    22 october 2002 16:32:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Observers in Tunis cite the naming of Naziha Zarrouk as Tunisian Ambassador to Lebanon as a pointer to the increasing role of women in the country's diplomacy and decision-making process. Full text...

  • Gabon to host African women Ministers in 2004
    19 october 2002 19:56:00
    Sal- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Gabon has offered to host the 2004 conference of African women Ministers and Parliamentarians. Full text...

  • UN official in Sierra Leone appeals for respect of women
    18 october 2002 23:21:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The acting special representative of UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), Behrooz Sadry, has appealed to Sierra Leone to show respect towards women in the country. Full text...

  • African women ministers urged to exploit AU gender parity offer
    18 october 2002 11:56:00
    Sal- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Besides laying strategies to reverse the feminisation of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, African women ministers and legislators meeting here have been urged to enhance women's representation in the new African Union (AU). Full text...

  • Cape Verde holds women's gender and AIDS meeting
    15 october 2002 12:57:00
    Sal- Cape Verde (PANA) -- A five-day conference of African women ministers and parliamentarians devoted to the challenges of gender and HIV/AIDS opens Tuesday on Cape Verdean island of Sal. Full text...

  • UNHCR envoy pleads for education of refugee girls
    14 october 2002 16:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Ambassador Angelina Jolie of the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has urged the international community to awaken to the rights and needs of young refugee girls, particularly their right to education. Full text...

  • Women warn Zambian govt against slow food distribution
    03 october 2002 21:01:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A Zambian non-governmental organisation Thursday called for a speedy distribution of food in the country's rural areas to prevent the vulnerable from succumbing to death from widespread famine. Full text...

  • Liberia gets first woman Interim Senate President
    02 october 2002 17:30:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The Liberian Senate, the upper chamber of Parliament, has elected Senator Grace Beatrice Minor as Interim President, making her the first woman to occupy the post in the country. Full text...

  • Marriage takes multiple forms in South Africa
    30 september 2002 21:37:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Against the background of a diversified society, the institution of marriage takes many forms in South Africa, and recent social changes have transformed marriage patterns. Full text...

  • S. African govt awards radio station for empowering women
    27 september 2002 13:48:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Recognising its role in civil society, South Africa's Western Cape Department of Social Services Friday awarded Cape Town's Radio 786 with a Certificate of Excellence for "developing a best practise intervention for women's empowerment and gender equality" in its programmes. Full text...

  • Malawi women activists move to curb property grabbing
    22 september 2002 12:06:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Human rights and non-governmental organisations in Malawi have at last initiated actions to prevent greedy relatives from grabbing property left behind by deceased fathers. Full text...

  • Egyptian First Lady urges women to promote peace
    21 september 2002 16:51:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PNA) -- Egyptian First Lady Suzan Mubarak has at an international gathering in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh stressed the need for "a more positive role for women in promoting the value of peace and tolerance in society," insisting the need has never been more urgent. Full text...

  • UN envoy warns against offensive terms to HIV positive women
    20 september 2002 17:35:00
    Arusha (Tanzania) -- The HIV/AIDS epidemic has been transformed into a vehicle of gender discrimination against women especially those living with the virus, a UN official remarked here Friday. Full text...

  • Gender discrimination persists in Benin
    19 september 2002 13:13:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin is among countries with a marked gender discrimination, according to a report released here by the UN Population Fund. Full text...

  • Female-headed households on the increase in Tanzania
    18 september 2002 20:13:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Poverty in mainland Tanzania has decreased by three percent in the last decade while the number of female-headed households is on the rise, according to a survey. Full text...

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