African Gender Awards (Femmes Africa Solidarité/FAS) -
  • Malian Muslims oppose renunciation of FGM
    05 june 2002 16:38:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian Solidarity League of Imams and Islamic Scholars (LIMAMA) has attacked two government bills proscribing the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Mali, sources in Bamako indicated Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan 'fisherwomen' seek empowerment
    04 june 2002 11:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Women in Kenya's Lake Victoria region who derive their livelihood from fishing activities have come up with a novel project to educate and empower their ranks. Full text...

  • Liberian Women Journalists Lack Motivation
    31 may 2002 15:31:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A Dakar-based media research institution has described the future of female journalists in Liberia as "grim". Full text...

  • Muslim scholar condemns harmful practices against women
    28 may 2002 16:41:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A Beninese Islamic scholar, Afize Ambekema has called on Muslims to deliver women from practices that are harmful to their integrity, and violate her rights. Full text...

  • Swazi men complain of excessive abuse by wives
    27 may 2002 16:24:00
    Manzini- Swaziland (PANA) -- A growing number of men in Swaziland are reporting what a local anti-abuse organisation in the tiny kingdom described as "excessive" abuse by their wives. Full text...

  • Report says violence against women in Kenya is pervasive
    27 may 2002 08:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya is still very far from achieving total gender parity and justice, indicates a report released by the country's chapter of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA-Kenya). Full text...

  • South African envoy hails NEPAD's recognition of women
    24 may 2002 10:00:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- South African ambassador to France Thuthukile Skweyiya has hailed the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) for acknowledging the role of women in the socio-economic development of the continent. Full text...

  • Kenyan marital law runs into controversy
    23 may 2002 08:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Newspapers in Kenya have taken a swipe at a marital law they consider out-dated and "presumptuous over matters of the heart," after a judge dismissed a perplexing case in which a woman sought to have her husband jailed for "fraudulently living and having sex with her. Full text...

  • Benin govt launches booklet on FGM
    20 may 2002 16:03:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's ministry of Family, Social Welfare and Solidarity has launched a pamphlet sensitising the public against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Full text...

  • Bridging digital divide for women tops agenda (Feature)
    18 may 2002 14:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Despite outnumbering men among the worlds' population, women constitute the bigger bulk of the poor, and have a disproportionately low access to information communication technologies (ICTs). Full text...

  • Benin issues strong warning against FGM practitioners
    02 may 2002 23:20:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin has issued a strong warning to practitioners of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the country to stop the practice immediately. Full text...

  • Study says women are prime victims of violence in Nairobi
    02 may 2002 17:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Women are the prime victims of violence and abuse in Nairobi and their plight is an indication of the level of insecurity in the city and in most African capitals, according to UN agencies' survey report released in the Kenyan capital Thursday. Full text...

  • Cairo Trade Fair illustrates revival of African women
    29 april 2002 12:47:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- The vitality shown by women participants in the Cairo Trade Fair unquestionably illustrates the determination of African women to henceforth occupy their rightful place in moulding the "future of Africa. Full text...

  • Closing Gaps to Achieve Education for All
    26 april 2002 22:00:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Governments have the responsibility of providing basic education for all, says a joint statement issued Friday by heads of five specialised agencies of the United Nations. Full text...

  • Kenyan Sect Threatens Uncircumcised Women
    23 april 2002 19:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Authorities in Kenya have ordered the arrest of members of a ragtag militant sect believed to be behind a wave of threats against uncircumcised women. Full text...

  • Cameroon's female lawyers set up association
    17 april 2002 22:51:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's female lawyers have set up an association named Female Lawyers, Le Messager newspaper reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan girls escape circumcision
    15 april 2002 15:39:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan centre for human rights and democracy said Monday it would take legal action to stop the circumcision of 16 girls who last week ran away from their homes in the northern rift valley district of Marakwet. Full text...

  • South Africa, UNICEF to promote women and children's rights
    06 april 2002 10:33:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) have signed an agreement mandating UNICEF to continue helping the country to improve the situation of children and women in South Africa. Full text...

  • NGO sues for strengthening of girl education in Africa
    05 april 2002 22:57:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The 2002-2006 five-year programme adopted by the Forum of Women Educators in Africa (FAWE) gives priority to girls' education in the continent, according to FAWE programme director Marema Dioum. Full text...

  • EU grants women organisation 560 million CFA francs
    05 april 2002 13:17:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has granted 560 million CFA francs to the regional office of Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF), the EU delegate in Togo said in a statement. Full text...

  • Malian women demand respect for quota in government
    04 april 2002 15:22:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The association for progress and defence of Women's rights (APDF) in Mali are demanding political parties to ensure that at least one-third of their parliamentary and local government candidates in the forthcoming elections are women. Full text...

  • Botswana to regulate minimum wage for domestic workers
    03 april 2002 18:50:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The Botswana government will regulate the minimum wage payable to domestic workers, the majority of whom are women, under a revised rural development policy geared towards poverty alleviation. Full text...

  • African women urged towards greater involvement in politics
    02 april 2002 19:27:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French politician Josiane Beregovoy of the Green party has urged women in Africa to play a more assertive role in the continent's democratisation, given their demographic weight. Full text...

  • Uganda debates the definition of marital rape
    17 march 2002 13:24:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- An ex-army officer lost his wife because she found it unbearable for her spouse's habit of demanding and having forceful sex with her. Full text...

  • Family democracy is root of Egyptian democracy - Women
    17 march 2002 12:04:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Democracy in Egypt will take root the day Egyptians start upholding democratic practices in the family, Farkhonda Hassan, secretary-general of the National Council for Women, has said. Full text...

  • Battered Uganda's Vice President sent away husband
    16 march 2002 15:09:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda's Vice President Dr. Full text...

  • Zambian women enter male-dominated mining section
    16 march 2002 12:22:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Seven Zambian women miners have successfully won jobs as heavy-duty drivers at the Nchanga open pit, which was previously reserved for men. Full text...

  • Austria aids East Africa to rehabilitate child prostitutes
    15 march 2002 12:06:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania is one of four Anglophone countries picked by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to implement its good practice interventions to combat the commercial sexual exploitation of children, officials said Thursday. Full text...

  • Norway supports girl-child education in Africa
    12 march 2002 18:28:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Norwegian government was actively engaged in supporting programmes for girl-child education in Africa through on-going programmes it funded for UNICEF to implement. Full text...

  • President Bongo urges Gabonese women to form associations
    11 march 2002 20:47:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- President Omar Bongo has urged women in Gabon to form organisations through which they can collectively enhance their status and well-being. Full text...

  • WFP stresses women's role in fight against hunger
    11 march 2002 17:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- On the occasion of International Women's Day commemorated at the weekend, outgoing World Food Programme (WFP) executive director Catherine Bertini reiterated the crucial role women stand to play in the global fight against hunger. Full text...

  • Ugandan women activists decry domestic violence
    11 march 2002 13:23:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan women activists have blamed cultural and traditional inequalities for the escalating domestic violence in the country. Full text...

  • Guinean female activist against early marriages
    11 march 2002 10:21:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinean female computer expert, Barry Nancy Ba, has condemned early marriage still practised by her Peul ethnic group. Full text...

  • Senegalese women decry no access to bank loans
    10 march 2002 18:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese Minister for Trade, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Aïcha Agne Pouye, has deplored the difficulties women encounter in obtaining bank loans in the country "Women have no access to bank credit because the financial institutions require them to provide guarantees which they cannot afford. Full text...

  • Female taxi driver in Algiers speaks
    10 march 2002 17:52:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- This Algerian woman, Djamila, 36, known as "Jimmy", has been a taxi driver in Algiers for the past five years. Full text...

  • Group savings scheme flourishes among Cameroonian women
    09 march 2002 20:35:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Olive, in her thirties, is a single-parent teacher in one of Yaounde's High Schools. Full text...

  • France to move against forced marriages among immigrants
    09 march 2002 19:57:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Disturbed by reports of forced marriages, mainly within the immigrant Maghreb and African communities, the French ministry of National Education hinted on the occasion of this year's International Women's Day that it was embarking on a sensitisation campaign against the practice. Full text...

  • Algerian activist wants women in decision-making positions
    09 march 2002 19:37:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- As the world marked the International Women's Day, Badra Amamra, a former freedom fighter and first woman to be elected into the Political Bureau of Algeria's National Liberation Front (FLN), has renewed her determination to improve the lot of women in the male-dominated society. Full text...

  • Cultural dimension crucial in war against HIV/AIDS
    09 march 2002 18:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The inclusion of cultural considerations in strategies at containing the spread of HIV/AIDS, especially social biases against women, is crucial if the war against the pandemic is to be won. Full text...

  • Meet Siti Rahou, Algeria's first female football referee
    09 march 2002 18:12:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Siti Rahou, 28, who is Algeria's first female football referee having played in the country's first female team, is a role model in her career. Full text...

  • Labour Confederation urges protection of Togolese women
    09 march 2002 16:44:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese Workers Unions' Confederation organised a function Friday in Lome, to sensitise women in the country on their rights and protection. Full text...

  • Kenyan women want maternity protection laws ratified
    09 march 2002 14:40:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan women are advocating for a speedy enactment of a new maternity protection law by parliament in order to protect women from discriminatory practices in the workplace. Full text...

  • Culture is obstacle to women's development - Professor
    09 march 2002 13:01:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Culture can be an obstacle to the development of women, Adelaide Fassinou Allagbada, French professor at the University Abomey-Calavi in Cotonou, said Friday. Full text...

  • UNESCO launches HIV/AIDS media website
    09 march 2002 12:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Education Science and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), in conjunction with media women groups representatives from the east African region, Friday launched a website that would act as a data base and anchor reports on HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • First lady leads 40,000 Women's Day marchers in Cameroon
    08 march 2002 22:58:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's first lady Chantal Biya Friday celebrated International Women's Day ahead of a 40,000-strong group of marchers in Yaounde, the Cameroonian capital. Full text...

  • Women's Day spotlights plight of Egyptian women
    08 march 2002 22:41:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- On the occasion of International Women's Day, Amnesty International volunteer Wafa Attia Friday noted that rural women and others of poor descent in Egypt were yet to be sensitised to raise their voices and have a real say in society. Full text...

  • Poverty, AIDS top Tanzania's concerns on Women's Day
    08 march 2002 21:59:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Access to medication and increased funding for HIV/AIDS education and prevention measures dominated this year's commemoration of International Women's Day in Tanzania on Friday. Full text...

  • Paris to host exhibition on Women in War situations
    08 march 2002 21:45:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A Committee of French NGOs, is organising an exhibition next week in Paris on "Women in War," an official of the Committee said Friday. Full text...

  • Preparing a common law against forced marriages in Africa
    08 march 2002 21:34:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French government has just concluded consultations with its counterparts in French-speaking Africa for the institution of a "framework law common to French-speaking African countries and relative to the key child protection principles. Full text...

  • UNICEF to intensify action on women's empowerment in Senegal
    08 march 2002 20:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNICEF is stepping up measures for women's empowerment in Senegal, its Representative for Senegal and Cape Verde, Ian Hopwood, said Friday in Dakar. Full text...

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