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  • Minister decries early marriages in Niger
    11 july 2003 18:15:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger's Minister of Social Development, Population and Women's Protection, Halimatou Abdoulwahid, Friday denounced early marriages, which often resulted in complications during child delivery in the country. Full text...

  • AU Executive Council endorses protocol on women's rights
    09 july 2003 22:32:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- African women are set to acquire a new instrument in their struggle for emancipation and elimination of all forms of discrimination, after the African Union executive council adopted a Protocol to the African charter on human and peoples' rights, relating to women's rights. Full text...

  • Benin councillors take management drills
    08 july 2003 23:16:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Some 50 councillors in Benin started a capacity building seminar here Tuesday aimed at improving efficiency and transparency in the running of local councils. Full text...

  • Kenyan lawmaker decries rising domestic violence
    02 july 2003 16:33:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan legislator claimed that 98 percent of domestic violence cases in the country were caused by inheritance, land disputes and polygamy. Full text...

  • South African First Lady challenges women to contribute to AU
    02 july 2003 10:41:00
    Pretoria- South Africa (PANA) -- First Lady Zanele Mbeki of South Africa has enjoined women in the country to be active participants in the implementation of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) as well as contribute to the vision, objectives and principles of the African Union. Full text...

  • Rural Ugandan women denied access to credit facilities
    01 july 2003 14:03:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A notional survey has revealed that more than 43 percent of Uganda's population is denied access to credit facilities offered by Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs), due to poor infrastructure. Full text...

  • Morocco hosts women's world summit
    30 june 2003 12:19:00
    Marrakech- Morocco (PANA) -- The proceedings of the 2003 women's World Summit were officially launched in Marrakesh (320 km south of Rabat) Saturday night by Princess Lalla, sister of King Mohammed of Morocco. Full text...

  • Two-thirds of Burkinabe girls do not attend school
    27 june 2003 21:45:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Just about a third of girls of school going age are enrolled in Burkina Faso, official sources conceded here Friday. Full text...

  • UNICEF unhappy about violence against children in DR Congo
    26 june 2003 15:33:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UNICEF has raised alarm over violence meted against women and children in the ongoing conflict in DR Congo's Ituri Province. Full text...

  • Workshop examines travel restrictions on Sudanese women
    26 june 2003 11:31:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- As workshop participants review stern travel restrictions on Sudanese women outside the country, a female government official has boldly criticised the restrictions as "discriminatory". Full text...

  • Morocco to host women's summit
    25 june 2003 22:59:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The 2003 Women's World Summit would hold 28-30 June in Marrakech, 320 km south of Rabat with some 700 women from more than 80 countries in attendance. Full text...

  • "25 by 2005" campaign launched in Ouagadougou
    24 june 2003 22:31:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The UNICEF executive director, Carol Bellamy, on Tuesday in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) officially launched a campaign called "25 by 2005" aimed at accelerating the progress in education of girls during the next two years. Full text...

  • Sudanese govt to pay for compulsory uniforms
    23 june 2003 23:35:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- President Omar el Bashir of Sudan said on Monday that his government would donate 5. Full text...

  • Kenyan women hail formation of truth, justice commission
    19 june 2003 14:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Women are upbeat following recent recommendations that a truth and reconciliation commission for the country be constituted, saying the body would help "spill out" all wrongs committed against them and their families during past regimes. Full text...

  • Gambian police officer accused of raping schoolgirl
    18 june 2003 23:38:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- A Gambian police inspector Abdoulie Colly has been accused of raping a 12-year-old schoolgirl in the fishing town of Tujereng. Full text...

  • Zambia marks Day of the African Child
    16 june 2003 15:15:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia Monday joined the rest of the continent in marking the day of the African child, observed in memory of the children of South Africa who were massacred in Soweto in 1976 for speaking out against injustice. Full text...

  • African govts neglect plight of pregnant school girls
    11 june 2003 16:32:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Only eight African countries allow pregnant school girls to complete their studies after delivery, the executive director of the Forum African Women Educationalists (FAWE), Penina Mlama has revealed here. Full text...

  • Sexual harassment of girls in schools worries World Bank
    10 june 2003 09:11:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Efforts in Africa to crack down on sexual harassment of girls in schools are proving difficult because African governments refuse to recognise the existence of the problem, a senior World Bank official charged here Tuesday. Full text...

  • AU Summit: Historic opportunity for gender advocates
    09 june 2003 13:15:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- In her heyday, when Miriam Makeba sang, the whole world listened. Full text...

  • Niger adopts plan for women political empowerment
    06 june 2003 23:18:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- A plan of action to promote greater participation of Niger women in decision-making and construction of the country has been adopted at the end of a national forum on political empowerment of women. Full text...

  • Obasanjo names woman as State House spokesperson
    06 june 2003 12:09:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo has appointed veteran journalist and President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) Remi Oyo, as his spokesperson. Full text...

  • NGO says child trafficking rising in Malawi
    05 june 2003 17:34:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The number of children being trafficked from Malawi to South Africa, the US and Europe for sexual work is alarmingly increasing despite lack of official records, a child rights NGO has said. Full text...

  • Kenyan women launch rights training manual
    04 june 2003 16:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Federation of Women Lawyers in Kenya (FIDA-Kenya) has launched a training manual on women's rights aimed at assisting leaders, organisations and women to communicate and advocate effectively the rights of women. Full text...

  • Congolese NGO presses for crackdown on rapists
    24 may 2003 18:35:00
    Goma- DR Congo (PANA) -- Immaculee Biraheka, co-ordinator of a Congolese NGO dubbed Women's Initiatives Supporting Project (PIAF), is demanding the arrest of any person sexually abusing girls and women. Full text...

  • Kazibwe's resignation deals blow to African women
    23 may 2003 20:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In a continent where women are known for being at the receiving end nearly all the time, the rise and rise of Specioza Kazibwe to the envious position of vice president of Uganda was an inspiration to all females aspiring for leadership positions in Africa. Full text...

  • All-female British Airways crew lands in Zambia
    22 may 2003 10:23:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A six-member all-female crew successfully flew passengers from Europe to Southern Africa on a scheduled British Airways inter-continental flight, company sources affirmed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Swazi ladies of the night prepare own agenda for summit
    21 may 2003 09:06:00
    Ezulwini- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swazi sex workers said they were all set to entertain foreign delegates coming to attend the annual Smart Partnership Summit to be hosted by the kingdom in August. Full text...

  • UNIFEM Executive Director visits DR Congo
    19 may 2003 21:22:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- UNIFEM Executive Director, Noeleen Heyzer Monday began a three-day working visit to DR Congo, during which she would hold talks with President Joseph Kabila and women's organisations in the country. Full text...

  • Sudanese medical council to sanction doctors who perform FGM
    17 may 2003 19:55:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The Sudanese Medical Council warned doctors Saturday that they face suspension if found practising female genital mutilation (FGM). Full text...

  • African first ladies determined to consolidate peace
    16 may 2003 15:46:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- African first ladies from Gabon, Burundi, Burkina Faso and representatives of a dozen other states meeting here have affirmed their determination to consolidate their peace mission as well as on humanitarian issues in the continent. Full text...

  • 50 African first ladies for Malabo summit Wednesday
    13 may 2003 17:24:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- About 50 African First Ladies are due to arrive in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea's capital, for the 4th summit of heads of state wives' mission for peace and humanitarian affairs slated for 14-16 May, organisers said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Inhabitants of 23 Burkinabe villages abandon FGM
    06 may 2003 19:29:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The inhabitants of 23 Burkinabe villages of Bere and Binde departments have abandoned female genital mutilation (FGM). Full text...

  • South African Airways champions girl-child programme
    05 may 2003 10:08:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA), in its efforts to support the girl-child, will on Thursday host more than 20 pupils from Daliwonga Secondary School in Soweto at its Johannesburg headquarters to introduce them to a wide range of careers in aviation. Full text...

  • Women account for a quarter of Benin's civil servants
    02 may 2003 21:28:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Women represent 26. Full text...

  • Women's Voice festival opens in Douala
    02 may 2003 21:16:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The third edition of the international festival of women's voices dubbed 'Massao' (applause in the local Douala language) opened Friday in Cameroon's coastal city of Douala. Full text...

  • Senegalese First Lady trumpets women's education
    30 april 2003 15:29:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Viviane Wade, Senegal's First Lady, has been trumpeting the need for women to benefit from education, literacy and professional training programmes. Full text...

  • Libreville to hosts summit on Gender and NEPAD
    26 april 2003 21:00:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The Organisation of African First Ladies for the Fight Against AIDS (OPDAS) and NEPAD Secretariat will convene a three-day summit on gender and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) here beginning next Monday, an official source said here Saturday. Full text...

  • Conference to integrate women in AU, NEPAD opens in Dakar
    24 april 2003 23:31:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A conference to draw up strategies on women's inclusion within the structures of the African Union (AU) and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) kicked off Thursday in Dakar, the Senegalese capital. Full text...

  • South African official urges women to create peaceful world
    24 april 2003 22:12:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African foreign minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Thursday challenged women worldwide to cooperate in creating a world free of wars, racism, sexism, hunger and poverty. Full text...

  • Rwandan parliament gets 18th female member
    23 april 2003 20:20:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Marie-Claire Shamukiga Kayirangwa has become the 18th member of the Rwandan Parliament comprising a total of 74 members. Full text...

  • South Africa, Germany hold Women in Dialogue conference
    22 april 2003 12:50:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The annual Women in Dialogue conference between South Africa and Germany starts next Thursday in Berlin with focus on the role of women in development as well as progress and challenges facing women in the areas of gender equality. Full text...

  • Benin spends over 190 million FCFA on women promotion
    20 april 2003 12:54:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Some 195. Full text...

  • Dakar to host meeting on gender within African Union
    18 april 2003 14:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A three-day meeting opens here next Thursday to plan strategies of raising women's participation in the structures of the African Union (AU) and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Full text...

  • Women press for parity in new CAR regime
    17 april 2003 21:04:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Women in the Central African Republic have questioned the new CAR ruler, General Francois Bozize, on why only two women featured in the government formed in March by Prime Minister Abel Goumba. Full text...

  • Rural women's group gets Gabonese farming award
    17 april 2003 19:21:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- A rural women's group in Moanda, 600 km south-east of Libreville, has landed the State House Award honouring the best common initiative in agriculture, on the occasion of the country's National Women's Day. Full text...

  • Female drivers shine in Ivorian transport sector
    14 april 2003 20:30:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- As she entered the offices of the Ivorian Urban Transportation Company (SOTRA) half an hour before starting her shift in Abidjan, and throwing greetings to her workmates as she worked her way to her station, Ahoua Coulibaly knew very well what labour history was being made in this country since her arrival at SOTRA. Full text...

  • Fertility rate high among Malawi women - Official
    11 april 2003 14:30:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawian women's high fertility rate of 6. Full text...

  • Chissano salutes Mozambican women
    07 april 2003 18:54:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- President Joaquim Chissano said Monday that despite constraints facing Mozambican women, the objectives for the creation of the Mozambican Women's Organisation (OMM) during the country's liberation struggle, had been achieved. Full text...

  • Zambian youth stage anti-govt protest over jobs
    05 april 2003 18:07:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Some 200 youths in the Zambian capital Lusaka Friday held a noisy street protest to back up demands for the government to halt a proposed sale of three state owned companies, a move they said would result in job losses. Full text...

  • African First Ladies slate summit for May in Malabo
    05 april 2003 13:21:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Malabo will next 14 May host the 4th peace summit of African First Ladies, the forum's current chair Constancia Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea disclosed Friday during a short visit to neighbouring Libreville, Gabon. Full text...

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