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  • Kenya to set up Gender Commission
    03 november 2003 15:33:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya plans to set up a National Commission on gender and development, according to Sports, Culture and Social Services Minister, Najib Balala. Full text...

  • Woman races for Mauritanian presidency
    30 october 2003 19:58:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- In an unprecedented venture here a woman, Aicha Mint Jeddan is among candidates lined up for the presidential election coming up 7 November in Mauritania. Full text...

  • Woman champions poverty eradication in Botswana
    29 october 2003 22:08:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana's Helene Ditsepe Mhone, winner of this year's UNDP Millennium Development Goals (MDG) award is an exceptional woman who would not even be drawn to comment on the honour bestowed her Wednesday in New York. Full text...

  • Beninese women train to tackle gender violence
    25 october 2003 19:14:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- About 100 leaders of women bodies and community groups are currently attending a 15-day workshop on violence against women in Abomey, about 144 km outside here, organisers said Saturday. Full text...

  • Women's lobby group against FMG in Kenya
    23 october 2003 10:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), Kenya chapter, has embarked on a community sensitisation campaign against harmful traditional practices including female circumcision in the country's central district of Meru. Full text...

  • African women ministers, MPs meet in Cotonou
    21 october 2003 23:23:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- About 50 women ministers and parliamentarians from several West and Central African countries started here Tuesday a five-day workshop to discuss gender budgeting. Full text...

  • NGO spearheads drive for children rights in Benin
    19 october 2003 19:54:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Plan International has decided to launch a radio campaign aimed at increasing public awareness of children's rights in Benin, the NGO's officials said on Sunday. Full text...

  • Single motherhood on increase in Africa
    16 october 2003 20:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan university don has expressed concern over the increasing single motherhood phenomenon in Africa, which reportedly accelerated in the last decade at an annual rate of 10 percent. Full text...

  • Women in northern Mali combat desertification
    15 october 2003 10:26:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Women in Mali's remote northern town of Bourem grouped in some twenty associations have launched a vast reafforestation campaign to combat the surge of sand dunes, according to sources at the environment ministry here. Full text...

  • Congolese women ignorant of basic rights
    13 october 2003 23:22:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Some 52 percent of Congolese women, oblivious of their rights, suffer injustice, discrimination, exploitation and marginalisation, according to the Women's League for Development, Education and Democracy (LIFDED). Full text...

  • High rate of teenage pregnancies worries Zambian officials
    13 october 2003 16:52:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Most women in Zambia usually become mothers before the age of 20, according to latest national survey. Full text...

  • ACHPR urges African govts to sign women's rights protocol
    10 october 2003 22:15:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Gambia-based African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) Friday urged governments in Africa to sign and ratify the newly adopted African Union (AU) Protocol on the rights of women in Africa. Full text...

  • Zambian women demand stiff penalty for rapists, defilement
    03 october 2003 15:49:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Hundreds of women activists across Zambia staged peaceful protest marches Friday in all main centres to pressure the government to step-up protection for girls through the promulgation of laws that bear stiff punishment for men that engage in under-age sex. Full text...

  • Kadhafi pleads for women's emancipation
    02 october 2003 23:47:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi has repeated his call for the liberation and emancipation of women, both in the West and the East, "in a bid to enable them to play their real role in society without any form of abuse, oppression and exclusion". Full text...

  • 20 Ugandan primary teachers sacked for defiling pupils
    02 october 2003 13:43:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan education authorities have sacked 20 male primary school teachers including four head teachers in the western Kabale district for allegedly defiling their pupils. Full text...

  • Zambian traditional chief accused of defiling minor
    30 september 2003 17:40:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Police in Zambia have questioned paramount chief Mpezeni of the Ngoni ethnic group in the Eastern Province after he was accused of having sex with a 14-year old girl contrary to the law. Full text...

  • Prostitutes suspected of robbing Cape Town tourists
    30 september 2003 17:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The death of an American tourist in Cape Town has thrown the spotlight on a syndicate of prostitutes believed to be drugging and then robbing their clients. Full text...

  • French lawyer to defend Nigerian women
    29 september 2003 19:12:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French lawyer Guylene Rousseau-Missamou volunteered in Paris to go to Nigeria to defend fellow women in that country whose rights are threatened by the application of the Islamic law. Full text...

  • AU accents gender equity as new way of operation
    26 september 2003 13:07:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- While the African Union (AU) spearheads the promotion of gender equality on the continent, women's rights advocates have cautioned on the need for leaders to be clear in their conceptual understanding of gender mainstreaming. Full text...

  • Batswana women celebrate Nigerian woman's acquittal
    25 september 2003 20:54:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Batswana women Thursday reacted with joy and celebration to the acquittal of Nigerian Muslim woman, Amina Lawal who sentenced to death by stoning for allegedly committing adultery. Full text...

  • AU Commission marks Pan-African Women's Day
    25 september 2003 10:14:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African Union's newly appointed Commissioner for Social Affairs, Bience Philomena Gawanas says the notion that men are inevitably heads of households is obsolete and should be changed. Full text...

  • Italian woman launches book on Cape Verde's informal sector
    24 september 2003 23:38:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Italian researcher Marzia Grassi has launched her book "Rabidantes - Spontaneous transnational trade in Cape Verde" which is the outcome of research work on the activities of persons involved in informal trade on the major markets of the country. Full text...

  • Swazi women shun contesting elections
    23 september 2003 16:16:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- In a sharp contrast to a successful lobby by women's rights groups for 30 percent women representation in parliament, just eight percent of the 350 candidates contesting parliamentary elections scheduled next month in Swaziland are women. Full text...

  • Burkinabe women seeking economic empowerment
    20 september 2003 19:26:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Some 50 members of the International Club of Professional Women in Burkina Faso met in Ouagadougou Saturday to discuss the economic empowerment of women in the country. Full text...

  • Ethiopian wins Moscow international beauty contest
    20 september 2003 10:33:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Miss Ethiopia World, Yodit Getahun emerged winner at an international beauty contest held recently in Moscow, Russia, the Ethiopian Life Foundation confirmed here Saturday. Full text...

  • South Africans denounce Sharia death sentence on Nigerian woman
    18 september 2003 23:39:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Hundreds of members of the ANC Women's League (ANCWL) marched to Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday urging the government to intervene to save Amina Lawal, a Nigerian woman sentenced by an Islamic court to die by stoning for adultery. Full text...

  • North African, Middle East women denied employment
    18 september 2003 19:07:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The World Bank has indicted the Middle East and North Africa as having the lowest rate of employed women in the world, according to a report it released Wednesday, calling for "a new gender policy agenda" in the two regions. Full text...

  • Women urge Obasanjo to save Nigeria's 'Sharia' victim
    18 september 2003 16:33:00
    Pretoria- South Africa (PANA) -- Hundreds of South African women Thursday appealed to Nigeria President Olusegun Obasanjo to exercise his prerogative of pardon to save the life of Nigerian woman, Amina Lawal who was sentenced to death under Islamic law, or Sharia. Full text...

  • South African MPs to discuss sexual offences bill
    15 september 2003 16:00:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has demanded that all women's groups and NGOs be allowed to attend Tuesday's hearings on Sexual Offences Bill. Full text...

  • Zambian men say condoms decrease sexual pleasure
    09 september 2003 15:43:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Many Zambian men believe condoms decrease a man's sexual pleasure while some 41 percent of them maintain that condoms are inconvenient to use, according to a health survey just concluded by the Central Statistical Office (CSO). Full text...

  • Women in Benin think abstinence, fidelity curb HIV/AIDS
    07 september 2003 16:18:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- More than 1,000 women in Benin have expressed opposition to the use of condoms as a means of preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Expert faults SADC over gender representation at elections
    03 september 2003 20:23:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries risk failing to meet the 30 percent target in the representation of women in decision-making structures, unless they adapt their electoral systems to the Proportional Representation (PR) model, an expert warned here. Full text...

  • Sudan Government to ban FGM
    03 september 2003 19:16:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan, which has the highest prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the world, has made a commitment to ban the practice. Full text...

  • Meet Africa's WHO female Assistant DG
    03 september 2003 08:08:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- She comes across as an unassuming homely woman with a look that belies her present position of Assistant Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), but people familiar with Joy Phumaphi say she is down to earth and behaves true to character. Full text...

  • Three African First Ladies Arrive Tripoli
    31 august 2003 20:56:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The first ladies of Eritrea, Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde arrived here Saturday to participate in festivities marking the 34th anniversary of the 1 September Revolution. Full text...

  • Jilted woman performs FGM on self to appease in-laws
    28 august 2003 14:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Monica Kaari, 21, stunned folks in the Kenyan district of Meru when she circumcised herself Wednesday night, saying she did so to appease her in-laws and reconcile with her husband from who she had separated. Full text...

  • Swazi governor orders widows to remove mourning gowns
    28 august 2003 10:19:00
    Ludzidzini- Swaziland (PANA) -- As Swazis prepare to celebrate their kingdom's 35th independence anniversary and King Mswati III's birthday 6 September, the traditional governor of Ludzidzini Jim Gama, has directed chiefs to ensure that all widows in the country removed their mourning gowns before the dual event. Full text...

  • African First Ladies task husbands on poverty, violence
    27 august 2003 09:04:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- First ladies from Southern African countries have issued a declaration urging their husbands and governments in the region to place gender concerns high on their poverty eradication agenda. Full text...

  • 90 percent of Sudanese women are FGM victims
    25 august 2003 14:31:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Health minister Ahmed Bilal Osman conceded here at the weekend that up to 90 percent of women in Sudan's northern provinces have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM). Full text...

  • Southern Sudanese among the world's most destitute, desperate
    25 august 2003 09:26:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- While the international community watches the wrangling at the unending Sudanese peace talks, the average woman in the south of the country, though desperate for peace, has more immediate concerns. Full text...

  • Southern African women face long march to gender parity
    22 august 2003 20:07:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The secretariat of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is in the process of developing a gender policy for the region, with a view to promoting parity in a region where women are still a long way to asserting their rights. Full text...

  • Benin jurists brainstorm on Family Code
    21 august 2003 23:43:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Lawyers, magistrates and other jurists began reflects here Wednesday towards harmonising the Family and Peoples Code with the country's Constitution. Full text...

  • South African Women in Nuclear (WIN) workshop underway
    15 august 2003 19:06:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Deputy Minister of Minerals and Energy, Susan Shabangu is hosting the South African Women in Nuclear (WIN) workshop at the Kopanong Conference Centre, Benoni. Full text...

  • Kenyan women petition British govt over rape cases
    14 august 2003 16:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan women, pursuing compensation claims from the British government over alleged rape by the British soldiers, on Thursday marched in the streets of Nairobi before presenting the British High Commissioner a petition to demand the claims. Full text...

  • Ugandan beauty contest runs sour as winner turns out Senegalese
    13 august 2003 13:55:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Controversy is simmering over the nationality of newly crowned Miss Uganda after she admitted that although she was born and raised in the East African country, her father is Senegalese. Full text...

  • HRW chides Uganda over rampant domestic violence
    13 august 2003 10:38:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan government's failure to protect women from domestic violence and discrimination increases their risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has warned. Full text...

  • KwaZulu-Natal entrepreneur wins technology award
    11 august 2003 17:15:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- KwaZulu-Natal entrepreneur, Tholakele Hadebe has won the 2003 Technology for Women in Business (TWIB) Award, at a glittering ceremony held in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. Full text...

  • Cape Verde chosen for regional gender training centre
    10 august 2003 20:20:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- A regional gender training centre for West and Central Africa will be set up in Cape Verde before the end of this year, reliable sources disclosed here Sunday. Full text...

  • All-women helicopter crew marks Women's Day
    09 august 2003 10:43:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's all-women rescue crew, believed to be the first in the world, from the Nokia Surf Rescue Helicopter Service, is keeping a close eye on Durban's coastline festivities during the Women's Day weekend which began on Saturday. Full text...

  • South African Airways to observe Women's Day
    08 august 2003 20:17:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- To commemorate this year's National Women's Day, the South African Airways (SAA) said it would operate an all-female crew flight to Durban Saturday. Full text...

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