African Gender Awards (Femmes Africa Solidarité/FAS) -
  • Catholic women reflect on peace in Burkina Faso
    05 december 2003 22:25:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- About 100 women from the ten Catholic dioceses of Burkina Faso Friday ended a two-day meeting here, aimed at sensitising people on conflict resolution. Full text...

  • Ugandan sex workers push for legal recognition
    04 december 2003 17:52:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda sex workers look set to gain legal status following a change in attitude among MPs towards a law that associates prostitution with being "idle and disorderly," - the legislation police use to harass women on the street. Full text...

  • Zambian teen mothers find their way back to school
    04 december 2003 13:23:00
    Grand Baie- Mauritius (PANA) -- Despite their early motherhood, some 2,600 Zambian girls returned to school after delivering their babies in the past two years, thanks to the adoption of a new policy being propagated continent-wide by the Forum for African Women Educationists (FAWE). Full text...

  • Western Cape launches women's entrepreneurs network
    04 december 2003 12:55:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Women Entrepreneurs' Network (SAWEN) Thursday launched its Western Cape branch near Cape Town. Full text...

  • Men represent Zambian women at regional gender conference
    02 december 2003 09:45:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Officials of the Zambian Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) caused a stir here when they opted for a delegation of ten men to represent them at a conference in Lilongwe, Malawi on child defilement and violence against women. Full text...

  • French expert criticises women's role in NEPAD
    01 december 2003 22:53:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Women have been accorded a minimal role in the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), according to Yves Marie Laulan, who heads the French Cedimes Institute, which specialises in international co-operation. Full text...

  • Benin women attend development workshop
    29 november 2003 19:48:00
    Ouidah- Benin (PANA) -- Some 30 women MPs, NGOs officials and women opinion leaders are meeting in Ouidah, about 40-km from Cotonou, on the UN Millennium Development Goals. Full text...

  • Abused Swazi men break silence
    29 november 2003 18:27:00
    Manzini- Swaziland (PANA) -- With an increase in all forms of abuse cases in Swaziland, Swazi men have finally taken the bold step of reporting their suffering at the hands of their women to the Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA). Full text...

  • Tunisian ruling party moves to empower women
    28 november 2003 19:21:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The ruling Democratic Constitutional Movement (RCD) in Tunisia has said it would, beginning with the next elections, ensure that women constitute at least a quarter of its candidates for seats in Parliament and local councils. Full text...

  • Swazi woman engages in woodcarving to raise family
    27 november 2003 21:53:00
    Mbadlane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Thanks to a thriving wood carving business, Thembelihle Dludlu of Mbadlane in the Swazi region of Lubombo continues to provide for her family after the retrenchment of her husband from the defunct Mpaka coal mine. Full text...

  • Swazi girl dances to raise school fees
    27 november 2003 21:17:00
    Siphofaneni- Swaziland (PANA) -- To break free from the grip of poverty in her home and community, Swazi teenager Nonciniseko Gamedze is making the best of her talent in dancing 'sibhaca' to raise money for her school fees. Full text...

  • Ugandan police nab 22 teachers for defiling pupils
    27 november 2003 14:49:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Police authorities are holding 22 primary school teachers for allegedly defiling over 50 female students attending various primary schools of Kayunga district, about 120 km east of the capital. Full text...

  • Gender violence gravely affects South African economy
    27 november 2003 13:51:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- As South Africans observe the "16 Days of Activism on No Violence Against Women and Children", a local business expert against crime warned Thursday of the negative effects on gender violence the economy. Full text...

  • Passion killings on the rise in Botswana
    26 november 2003 15:10:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Gender parity activists in Botswana take to the streets Thursday to protest rising gender-based violence in the southern African nation of about 1. Full text...

  • UNAIDS alarms high HIV infection among African women
    26 november 2003 12:26:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has alarmed the contamination of African women, saying that nearly 70 percent of African girls aged 15-24 were HIV positive. Full text...

  • SA men march against violence on women, children
    25 november 2003 12:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africans in the Western Cape took a stand against violence on women and children Tuesday by coming out in droves to participate in a Men's March. Full text...

  • Mbeki roots for non-violence against women, children
    25 november 2003 12:19:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki Tuesday launched the "16 Days of Activism on No Violence Against Women and Children" campaign, urging the public to wear a white ribbon in support of the anti-violence activism. Full text...

  • Mali women seek greater say in State affairs
    23 november 2003 11:29:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Women's rights activists have agreed with several political parties to launch a framework for consultations towards improving solidarity among women and articulating their interests within political circles in Mali. Full text...

  • Over 8 million women raped in DR Congo's South-Kivu
    21 november 2003 19:56:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- More than eight million were raped in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's South-Kivu province since the outbreak of the second civil war in 1998. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire launches week for the defence of women
    20 november 2003 20:22:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire, (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire's family, women and children affairs ministry has initiated a women's week from 19-26 November to sensitise the population on the need to end physical, sexual, moral and psychological violence against them and children. Full text...

  • Malian Education minister urges massive enrolment of girls
    19 november 2003 12:07:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali National Education minister Mamadou Lamine Traore has called for concerted efforts towards the education of girls, whose school attendance in the country averages only 53 percent, as against 70 percent of boys. Full text...

  • Niger journalists end gender workshop
    17 november 2003 16:08:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Some 100 journalists from Niger media organisations ended an 11-day gender workshop in Niamey at the weekend. Full text...

  • Liberian women complain of abuses by warring factions
    16 november 2003 09:26:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian have made an impassioned call on the interim parliament to put an end to ongoing "gross human rights abuses" being committed by fighters of various warring faction s against women and children. Full text...

  • Women activists campaign to abolish polygamy in Uganda
    15 november 2003 18:22:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Polygamous husbands in Uganda will not have it easy anymore after activists, mainly female lawmakers, commenced a campaign to end polygamy in the country. Full text...

  • Mali gets first female divisional administrator
    11 november 2003 21:54:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Kadiatou Founè Maïga, the first lady prefect in the history of Mali's administration took office Monday as Senior Divisional Officer of Bla, 320 km from Bamako. Full text...

  • Botswana president welcomes UNESCO's gender ranking
    08 november 2003 12:05:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana President Festus Mogae has welcomed a UNESCOs report on education for all, which singled out Botswana and Namibia as having achieved perfect gender parity index (GPI) score of "1". Full text...

  • Survey finds Zambian males more literate than females
    07 november 2003 16:33:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- About 61 percent of males and 50 percent of females in Zambia are literate, with urban population about one and a half time (74 percent) more likely to read and write compared to rural residents (45 percent), according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO). Full text...

  • First Moroccan woman conducts Ramadan religious forum
    06 november 2003 11:05:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- University lecturer Rajaa Naji Mekkaoui on Wednesday went down in history as the first Moroccan woman to conduct a religious conference during the observance of Ramadan. Full text...

  • 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...

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