African Gender Awards (Femmes Africa Solidarité/FAS) -
  • Women leaders organise against FGM in Ethiopia
    12 december 2003 11:23:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The NGO, Intra Health International/PRIME II in Ethiopia on Friday announced it has formed a women's leader team to work toward the abolition of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the country. Full text...

  • 118 Senegalese villages abandon FGM
    11 december 2003 23:57:00
    Bignona- Senegal (PANA) -- One hundred and eighteen villages in two regions in southern Senegal have declared an end to female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage, at a solemn function organised in Oulampane by the NGO TOSTAN, in collaboration with UNICEF. Full text...

  • UNICEF: girls' education is crucial to global development
    11 december 2003 08:33:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A major UNICEF report contends that international development efforts are drastically short- changing girls, leaving hundreds of millions of them uneducated and unable to contribute to positive change for themselves, their children, or their communities. Full text...

  • Swazi widow sews for a living
    10 december 2003 21:38:00
    KaLomshiyo- Swaziland (PANA) -- Armed with a never-say-die resilience and an unswerving resolve to tackle adversity head-on, 49-year old Anna Gama is a standing example of how some Swazi widows brave the odds to survive. Full text...

  • SA parliament reviews sexual offences act
    10 december 2003 14:37:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Parliament is currently considering a new Sexual Offences Bill which among other things tackles a new definition of rape that will allow women to enter court as the accuser rather than the victim. Full text...

  • Kenyan Muslim clerics to fight anti-FGM war
    10 december 2003 09:33:00
    Isiolo- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Muslim leaders are Wednesday meeting in the northern Kenya town of Isiolo for a brainstorming session on female genital mutilation (FGM) in order to find ways to arrest the vice in the mainly pastoral communities inhabiting the desert wasteland region. Full text...

  • Niger energy regulation authority gets lady chair
    09 december 2003 20:18:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- After the Higher Communication Council (CSC), another body in Niger, the Multi-sectoral Regulation Authority (ARM) has had a woman, Sory Boubacar Zalika appointed to head it. Full text...

  • South Africa hosts 5th all-girl surfing contest
    08 december 2003 16:35:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Durban beaches at the weekend hosted more than 120 female surfers for the fifth edition of the Roxy Wahine Cup, the country's only stand-alone all-girl surf contest. Full text...

  • Mano River Women win 2003 human rights award
    06 december 2003 18:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Mano River Women's Peace Network (MARWOPNET) has been awarded the 2003 United Nations Prize in recognition of its outstanding achievement in human rights. Full text...

  • 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...

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