African Gender Awards (Femmes Africa Solidarité/FAS) -
  • Malawi women go on air to articulate concerns
    31 october 2001 22:07:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Thanks to 'radio clubs' set up with financial assistance from donor agencies including UNESCO, USAID and Panos, women across Malawi have found a new vent on the country's air waves, to voice their concerns. Full text...

  • Central Africa women MPs meet in Angola
    28 october 2001 15:07:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Women MPs from Central Africa begin meeting Monday in Luanda, to discuss possibilities of setting up a regional network among them. Full text...

  • UNICEF urges Nigeria to pass child rights Bill
    26 october 2001 20:27:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- UNICEF's Deputy Country Representative Roger Wright, Friday urged Nigeria to pass into law the Bill on child rights, to create the necessary legal environment for the development and protection of children in the country. Full text...

  • Child bride rescued from forced marriage
    25 october 2001 22:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A young Maasai girl was Thursday rescued from a two-month forced marriage ordeal and taken to a boarding school where she will pursue education. Full text...

  • Female candidate unveils party manifesto
    25 october 2001 20:35:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Opposition Agenda for Zambia (AZ) Thursday unveiled its party manifesto with a strict focus on human resource development and education for all, the Zambia News Agency reported. Full text...

  • Media women launch plan against HIV/AIDS
    25 october 2001 17:16:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania's media women have teamed up with a host of local and foreign NGOs to halt the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country. Full text...

  • Namibia women demand gender balance in government
    22 october 2001 15:40:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Namibian Women's Manifesto Network is demanding equal representation of men and women in all government elective positions. Full text...

  • Activist urges more action against FGM
    22 october 2001 13:31:00
    Tambacounda- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese nationals, who are against Female genital mutilation (FGM) should spread the message to their compatriots living in France, a French woman activist, Emmanuelle Barbaras said in Tamabacounda, eastern Senegal at the weekend. Full text...

  • More communities abandon FGM in Senegal
    21 october 2001 16:01:00
    Malem Niani- Senegal (PANA) -- Some 101 villages in the Malem Niani rural community of Senegal's Tambacounda region on Saturday declared their abandonment of female genital mutilation (FGM). Full text...

  • Senegal unveils plan to eliminate FGM by 2005
    19 october 2001 15:42:00
    Tambacounda- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal, where at least one million women and girls are affected by female genital mutilation (FGM), according to corroborating sources, has just drafted a national plan for the eradication of FGM nationwide by 2005. Full text...

  • Namibian women reinforce equality campaign with pamphlet
    19 october 2001 12:57:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Namibian Women's Manifesto Network (NWMN) Thursday launched a pamphlet as part of its campaign to press for a 50/50 women and men representation in government, the Namibia News Agency (NAMPA) reported. Full text...

  • Experts evaluate women's empowerment projects
    19 october 2001 00:00:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Activists and experts from the southern African region are in Windhoek for a two-day seminar under the auspices of the Namibia National Association of Women in Business and the Foundation of Women's Forum in Sweden, to develop more accurate methods for evaluating empowerment projects. Full text...

  • Malian women give up FGM
    17 october 2001 22:24:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Women from about ten villages in the region of Kayes (about 500 km west of Bamako) last weekend decided to stop the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), health officials affirmed Wednesday. Full text...

  • Illiteracy high among rural women in DR Congo
    17 october 2001 19:16:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The illiteracy rate among rural women in DR Congo ranges between 22 and 85 percent, compared to 5 and 25 percent for men, Social and Family Welfare minister Jeanne Ebamba Boboto affirmed in Kinshasa, on the occasion of the International Rural Women's Day celebrated 15 October. Full text...

  • Gender commission head bails out
    16 october 2001 19:33:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Colleen Lowe Morna has resigned as chief executive officer of the Commission on Gender Equality (CGE) as part of an amicable agreement both parties declared to be a "victory for gender equality. Full text...

  • Gender inequality blamed for high rate of HIV/AIDS among women
    16 october 2001 19:29:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Health authorities in Tanzania have identified gender inequality and creeping poverty as prime causes for the high rate of HIV/AIDS cases among women in the country. Full text...

  • Over 80 percent of Burundi women live in rural areas
    15 october 2001 22:40:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Women account for 52 percent of Burundi's seven million inhabitants, with over 80 percent of them living in poor rural areas, Social and Women Affairs Minister Romaine Ndorimana has said. Full text...

  • ANC Women to discuss participation in Mbeki's MAP
    15 october 2001 15:09:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The African National Congress Women's League's (ANCWL) has announced that its national executive will hold an urgent meeting to discuss the participation of women in the Millennium Africa Recovery Plan and the New Africa Initiative. Full text...

  • SADC enhancing women's role in politics
    15 october 2001 14:20:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Women members of parliament from the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Monday started a one-week workshop in Lusaka to work out a strategy for enabling more women to be elected to parliaments of their countries. Full text...

  • Minister identifies obstacles to women in politics
    14 october 2001 16:13:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The participation of woman in local governance is dependent on the improvement of their daily living conditions, according to Senegalese Industry and Craft Minister, Landing Savane. Full text...

  • French-language school named after Miriam Makeba
    12 october 2001 10:50:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- World-renowned South African singer Miriam Makeba, on Thursday inaugurated a French-language primary school in Pretoria, named after her. Full text...

  • ANC women march into the African Century
    12 october 2001 07:52:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, president of the African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) Friday opens a four-day Nation Consultative Conference in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • President Ben Ali hails Franco-Tunisian ties
    11 october 2001 23:50:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali Thursday hailed the "excellent relations" between France and Tunisia as he appointed female lawyer Faiza Kefi ambassador to Paris, the Tunisian News Agency (TAP) reported. Full text...

  • Over 60 percent of African women are illiterate
    11 october 2001 17:55:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- More than 60 percent of African women are illiterate, an official from the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights affirmed in Brazzaville, Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria to host world summit on trafficking of women
    11 october 2001 17:12:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria would next year host a world summit on the trafficking of women and child labour, a top government official hinted Thursday. Full text...

  • Crusade against maternal, infant rates in Chad
    10 october 2001 20:09:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- There is a workshop underway to implement Forum Vision 2010 which calls for reduction in maternal and infant mortality in Chad, rated among the highest in the world. Full text...

  • The search for an ideal school for African girls
    10 october 2001 09:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The chances of an average African girl getting a reasonable school education are very slim. Full text...

  • Women MPs close ranks in fight for rights
    08 october 2001 10:51:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean women parliamentarians Monday buried party differences and formed an all-female caucus in the House to push for greater rights. Full text...

  • Displaced women lose hope in the future
    05 october 2001 21:47:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A study carried out by the National Pedagogic Institute (IPN) has shown that most women displaced by the war in DR Congo have little hope in the future. Full text...

  • Woman gets top aviation post
    03 october 2001 07:59:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Government has appointed Monhla Hlahla chief executive officer of the Airports Company of South Africa. Full text...

  • Survey acknowledges sexual harassment of men
    30 september 2001 19:09:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Unlike the common belief that women were the main victims, a study has shown that about 20 percent of men and 15 percent of the women in DR Congo fall victim to sexual harassment at their workplace. Full text...

  • Govt urges couples to register marriages
    26 september 2001 23:17:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A nationwide campaign is under way in the Democratic Republic of Congo to encourage couples to register their marriages. Full text...

  • Poverty: Tanzania's women and children hardest hit
    25 september 2001 16:10:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- When 17-year old Agneta Nyangeta (not her real name) was driven into prostitution by her mother to supplement their livelihood in the city, her life became another grisly Tanzanian statistic. Full text...

  • Ageing women fly single engine plane from US to South Africa
    25 september 2001 15:11:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Two South African women in their mid-sixties Monday flew in a single-engine plane from the US into Lanseria airport in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • East African women gather for "Jua Kali" show
    24 september 2001 08:25:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Over 200 Tanzanian women are participating in a weeklong regional informal sector exhibition starting Monday in Nairobi, Kenya. Full text...

  • Zambian women to plan for elections Monday
    23 september 2001 19:59:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A three-day women's conference opens in Lusaka Monday to formulate a strategy aimed at boosting their effective participation in coming Zambian elections. Full text...

  • Cape Verde moves to contain teenage pregnancies
    21 september 2001 23:35:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- In the face of increasing cases of early pregnancies among secondary school girls in Cape Verde, the government has hinted it would take measures to curb the phenomenon. Full text...

  • Benin girl empowerment project into 6th edition
    20 september 2001 21:15:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The sixth edition of a project initiating young Benin girls into active and professional life, began Wednesday with about 40 girls on roll. Full text...

  • European Parliament supports FGM eradication
    20 september 2001 17:46:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Parliament Thursday resolved to fight female genital mutilation in Africa by including projects opposed to the practice in programmes supported by members of the European Union. Full text...

  • Guinean media women strive against gender barrier
    19 september 2001 12:58:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinean females working in the mass media are determined to dismantle male dominance of the profession, an official with a female journalists' organisation said in Conakry Wednesday. Full text...

  • Niamey workshop discusses repudiation of women
    18 september 2001 23:20:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- A national workshop is underway in Niamey advocating the restitution of a study on the repudiation of women. Full text...

  • Burkinabe First Lady joins in EU FGM debate
    18 september 2001 21:49:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The First Lady of Burkina Faso, Chantal Compaoré, is in Brussels to take part in a debate on female genital mutilation (FGM) organised by the European Parliament. Full text...

  • UNESCO-sponsored women's meeting ends Tuesday
    18 september 2001 12:16:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A two-day UNESCO-sponsored women's conference to evaluate the "Women, higher education and development" project ends Tuesday in Paris, France. Full text...

  • Kill Rapists, Women Leaders Demand
    17 september 2001 20:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Leaders of a Kenyan women group have petitioned parliament to impose death sentences on rapists. Full text...

  • Report notes progress towards gender equality
    13 september 2001 15:35:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The 2000 Regional Human Development Report for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has acknowledged some progress in efforts at empowering women within the sub region. Full text...

  • Group calls on parties to support women in politics
    12 september 2001 16:59:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The National Women's Lobby Group (NWLG) has called on political parties in the country to support women vying for decision making positions in line with the Southern African Development Community's (SADC) 30 percent requirement. Full text...

  • NGO advocates for corrupt-free politics
    12 september 2001 15:06:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambia National Women's Lobby Group, a gender advocacy non-governmental organisation, has begun a project which targets corruption because effects of the scourge are more severe on women and children than men. Full text...

  • Women need to acquire necessary skills
    12 september 2001 14:44:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Women's Action for Development (WAD) Executive Director, Veronica de Klerk, said Wednesday that women need to equip themselves with the necessary skills and knowledge to perform erstwhile "men only" jobs. Full text...

  • Court reinstates gender Commission Chief Executive
    11 september 2001 08:11:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A Johannesburg High Court Monday reinstated the embattled Chief Executive of South Africa's Commission on Gender Equality (CGE), and ordered her employers to pay her outstanding salaries and legal costs. Full text...

  • UNICEF appraises women's lot in Somalia, Rwanda
    10 september 2001 13:33:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Observers have warned that unless women's specific needs were addressed, efforts towards their post-war rehabilitation in Somalia and Rwanda are unlikely to make any meaningful impact. Full text...

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