African Gender Awards (Femmes Africa Solidarité/FAS) -
  • 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...

  • UN body to help involve women in conflict resolution
    08 september 2001 14:17:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- A four-woman team of the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) arrived in Kigali Saturday to assess the impact of the armed conflict on women and their role in peace-building and conflict resolution. Full text...

  • Kenyan women fight early marriages
    06 september 2001 19:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan Women's organisation has hinted of immediate plans to launch a countrywide sensitisation campaign against child abuse in the country. Full text...

  • Call to prioritise higher education for African women
    05 september 2001 23:52:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A UNESCO director in the division of higher education, Komlavi Francisco Seddoh, Wednesday urged African governments to invest in women's higher education if they hoped to tap women's potential in complimenting on going efforts to achieve rapid development. Full text...

  • Official urges higher education for women in Africa
    05 september 2001 23:41:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- UNESCO Higher Education director Komlavi Francisco Seddoh has urged African governments to invest in women's higher education with a view to making the best of women's potential in the drive for rapid development. Full text...

  • Girls continue to trail boys in education
    05 september 2001 23:28:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Five years after the Zambian government recognised the need to remove impediments to girls' education, observers maintain those hurdles were still alive and standing in the way of the intended progress. Full text...

  • Gender parity in education for Liberian girls
    05 september 2001 20:48:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian education minister, Dr. Full text...

  • Gender meeting to focus on poverty reduction
    04 september 2001 15:57:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- At least 500 gender activists from eastern and central Africa are to attend the Annual Gender Studies Conference (AGSC) in Dar es Salaam from 10-13 September. Full text...

  • Ethiopian women demand death sentence for rapists
    29 august 2001 20:21:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian women staged a rally in Addis Ababa Wednesday during which they called for the introduction of capital punishment against rapists and other people engaged in sexual harassment. Full text...

  • ANC women march against racism
    23 august 2001 09:32:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The African National Congress Women's League on Wednesday mobilised hundreds of community members and women in support of a march called by the Ministers Fraternal in the Southern Cape town of George. Full text...

  • Child trafficking victim re-unites with parents after 23 years
    21 august 2001 23:53:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Cyprienne Zinsou, a victim of child trafficking has finally re-united with her parents in Benin after 23 years. Full text...

  • Black women launch new energy company
    21 august 2001 21:06:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Lithemba Resources, a new company led by black women aimed at the minerals and energy sector, has been launched in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • Suspected British paedophile arrested in Addis Ababa
    19 august 2001 20:03:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A Briton suspected of paedophilia has been arrested by the Ethiopian police in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Housemaid dies after mistress pours hot water on her
    19 august 2001 17:57:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A 34-year-old Malawi woman now faces murder charges after allegedly pouring hot water on her housemaid, who later died in hospital. Full text...

  • World court of women against racism to be held in Durban
    18 august 2001 16:11:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- In a move to focus on the multiplicity of violence against women, the World Court of Women Against Racism would convene in Durban side-by-side with the forthcoming World conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance. Full text...

  • Ghana women still battling discrimination
    18 august 2001 15:04:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Thirty-year-old Amina (not her real name) has a deep scar on her mind which she would have to live with for the rest of her life. Full text...

  • UNIFEM steps up action on violence against women
    16 august 2001 15:58:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) is supporting Namibia's Legal Assistance Centre to raise awareness on violence against women. Full text...

  • ILO supports women empowerment project
    16 august 2001 15:37:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The International Labour Organisation (ILO), has approved the launching of a project to improve the situation of women and children facing poverty and unacceptable working conditions in Tanzania. Full text...

  • ILO endorses project to promote women, curb child labour
    16 august 2001 12:03:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has approved the launching of a project to improve the situation of women and children caught up in the web of poverty and hard working conditions in Tanzania. Full text...

  • Gender discrimination persists in Togo
    11 august 2001 16:35:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Notwithstanding extensive mobilisation among gender activists, discrimination against women remains manifest in Togo, and takes several forms. Full text...

  • Fear of reprisal subdues Cape Verdian women
    10 august 2001 15:40:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verdian women become victims of their own silence when it comes to dealing with domestic and sexual violence. Full text...

  • Role of female chartered accountants recognised
    10 august 2001 07:36:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's accountancy profession has undergone some welcome changes with more and more women joining the prestigious ranks of chartered accountants. Full text...

  • South Africa remember's women's march
    09 august 2001 21:55:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Millions of South Africans Thursday commemorated the 1956 march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria by 20,000 women protesting against the pass laws of the then apartheid era. Full text...

  • Female circumcision rampant in southern Kenyan schools
    09 august 2001 16:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- About 90 percent of primary school girls in the southern Kenyan districts of Kisii and Gucha have been subjected to female genital mutilation, according to a study by a local NGO. Full text...

  • Women re-state commitment to quest equality
    08 august 2001 20:44:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- About 1 000 delegates to a national Gender Summit in South Africa resolved Wednesday to lobby for commitment to the quest for equality as the four-day gathering wound up. Full text...

  • Gauteng Regional Business Achiever named
    08 august 2001 11:46:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Entrepreneur Debby Reader, owner and managing director of a communications agency known as Tin Can, has won the Gauteng Regional Business Achiever 2001 award. Full text...

  • Authorities note political apathy among Congolese women
    07 august 2001 22:39:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- A survey conducted in February and April in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire notes that only 15 per cent of women in Congo were registered members of political parties, even though 97 per cent professed interest in politics. Full text...

  • Allegations cast shadow over Gender summit
    07 august 2001 21:54:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Allegations of "irregularities" linking the chief executive of South Africa's Commission on Gender Equality, are threatening to undermine an ongoing Gender Summit, which was opened by the country's first lady Zabele Mbeki Sunday. Full text...

  • Commission on Gender Equality holds summit
    06 august 2001 11:45:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The historic summit on gender equality that began Sunday in Johannesburg under the auspices of the South African Commission on Gender Equality is expected to be the most significant gender-related event in the country since 1994. Full text...

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