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  • SA deputy leader nudges support to curb violence on women
    17 november 2005 16:46:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Deputy president Phumzile Mlambo- Ngcuka Thursday called on the South African public to wear a symbolic white ribbon for 16 days from 25 November to 10 December to show their rejection of women and child abuse. Full text...

  • African women urged to assume greater responsibilities
    22 october 2005 10:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- When he opened the African Union (AU) conference of ministers in charge of women affairs on 14 October in Dakar, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade urged women on the continent to fight and wrest leadership positions from their male counterparts. Full text...

  • Women groups urge ratification of African rights charter
    16 october 2005 20:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- African countries must ratify the protocol on the African Charter on Human and People's Rights (ACHPR) relative to the rights of women in order to accelerate gender promotion on the continent, the president of the 'Femme Africa Solidarité (FAS), Bineta Diop, said here. Full text...

  • FAO explains programme on gender
    16 october 2005 19:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has always factored the gender dimension in the design and implementation of its food security strategy, the UN agency said here. Full text...

  • Senegal heads women and development committee
    16 october 2005 13:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal has been elected to head the bureau of the Women and Development Committee charged with orienting the policies of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in the field of gender equality. Full text...

  • Equality between men, women is a human rights issue
    14 october 2005 23:11:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Equality between men and women has nothing to do with conformity but rather with the issue of human rights and development. Full text...

  • Wade urges greater political commitment from women
    14 october 2005 22:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade said Friday in Dakar that he would like to see more women involvement in the political arena so that they could gain access to their country's highest decision-making bodies. Full text...

  • Wade advocates Pan-African Gender Institute
    14 october 2005 20:42:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade Friday called for the setting up of a Pan-African gender institute to undertake studies on the social, economic, political and cultural disparities between men and women. Full text...

  • First AU conference on gender opens in Dakar
    14 october 2005 19:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The first conference of the African Union on gender opened in Dakar Friday with a strong commitment to implement the official declaration of the continent's heads of state on gender equality and equity in Africa. Full text...

  • Women commend Wade for gender parity policy
    14 october 2005 19:43:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- African Union women ministers Friday paid a glowing tribute to President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal for his role in steering a move towards gender parity on the continent. Full text...

  • Paris to host women's economic institute
    14 october 2005 18:15:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- An institute aimed at making the voice women heard on economic matters will soon open its doors in Paris, official sources said here Friday. Full text...

  • SA female officer to lead troops in DR Congo
    13 october 2005 12:20:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has put a female navy captain in charge of the integration of forces in DR Congo. Full text...

  • African experts discuss gender issues in Dakar
    12 october 2005 21:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Gender experts from African governments Wednesday began examining two documents that the African Union Commission submitted for scrutiny during their meeting in the Senegalese capital in Dakar. Full text...

  • Gender equity is key to poverty alleviation
    12 october 2005 20:53:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Poverty will not be eliminated from Mozambique while women continue to suffer discrimination, warned the resident representative of the UN Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), Petra Lantz, on Wednesday in Maputo. Full text...

  • Bamako hosts West African women's conference
    11 october 2005 13:41:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- At least 15 women from Mali, Niger, Senegal and Burkina Faso are attending a regional conference on the theme "women's participation in politics in Western Africa", which opened Tuesday in Bamako. Full text...

  • Graca Machel asks Kenya to embrace affirmative action
    10 october 2005 14:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The coordinator of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), Graca Machel is asking the Kenya government to embrace affirmative action and come up with clear policies that would safeguard the rights of women, children and young persons. Full text...

  • Senegalese minister praises AU position on gender
    07 october 2005 15:51:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal's Family, Women and Social Development Minister Aida Mbodj has said in Dakar that the African Union declaration on gender issues is a major act that reinforces the promotion of the gender approach on the continent. Full text...

  • Obasanjo seeks greater role for Nigerian women in government
    26 september 2005 21:07:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said Monday that women should play a more visible role in government and politics in the country. Full text...

  • UN official decries 'very poor' state of Sudanese women
    21 september 2005 21:06:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- A senior official of the United Nations said said that the situation of women and girls in Sudan, especially in camps for displaced persons and in the south, remains "very poor" and requires urgent action. Full text...

  • Women still marginalized in Mozambique - PM
    19 september 2005 17:08:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Prime Minister Luisa Diogo said here Monday that women were still at a disadvantage in the country. Full text...

  • Kibaki launches UNIFEM report
    17 september 2005 13:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya is committed to improving the status of women through appropriate legislation and interventions, President Mwai Kibaki has said. Full text...

  • S. African cultural groups support virginity testing
    16 september 2005 12:19:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Different South African cultural organisations, including traditional leaders and the African Cultural Heritage Trust, have ganged up in a bid to block the draft Children's Rights Bill seeking to outlaw virginity testing from becoming law. Full text...

  • New partnership promises to save women, children
    13 september 2005 20:13:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Millions of women and children worldwide are bound to enjoy a better chance of survival, thanks to a new global initiative announced at an official side event of the 2005 World Summit of the Partnership for Maternal, New-born and Child Health held in New York City on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN committee urges legislation to protect Gambia women
    09 september 2005 22:49:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women has called for adequate legislation and programs to better protect women and girls in the Gambia, the local Women's Bureau said Friday. Full text...

  • Members of Panafrican parliament meet in Sirte
    09 september 2005 15:42:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Women members of the Panafrican parliament in Sirte (Central Libya) Friday end a two-day meeting during which they have been hearing several presentations on the role of women in planning and decision-making in respect of issues related to the welfare of African populations. Full text...

  • Swedish body to set up children protection units
    08 september 2005 14:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Children Department, in conjunction with Save the Children Sweden, will set up Children Protection Units at all police stations in the country in order to enhance the handling of children's issues by the police, a senior police officer has said. Full text...

  • Liberia reviews girl child education policy
    22 august 2005 19:29:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia's ministry of education on Monday began reviewing a draft policy document on the education of girls in the country, a programme having the backing of UNCEF. Full text...

  • African youth meet in Morocco
    18 august 2005 19:41:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The second Pan-African Young Leaders' summit opened in Ifrane (middle Atlas) on Thursday under the co-chairmanship of Moroccan Prince Rachid Moulay and Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade. Full text...

  • SADC leaders urged to push for gender protocol
    15 august 2005 17:29:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) attending a summit in Gaborone on Wednesday have been urged to adopt a protocol to accelerate gender equality in the region. Full text...

  • Results of gender transformation starting to show
    11 august 2005 07:24:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Transformational efforts by South African business and the public sector, mainly driven by the Employment Equity Act of 1998, has had positive effects on the targeted groups, according to research conducted by Mpho Nkeli, an executive director at Alexander Forbes Risk Services. Full text...

  • S. African conference to honour women entrepreneurs
    08 august 2005 18:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry will honour women entrepreneurs who make use of technological innovations to enhance production in their businesses at the 2005 Technology for Women In Business (TWIB) Awards ceremony. Full text...

  • ANC hails South African women ahead of National Women's Day
    08 august 2005 14:22:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Ahead of the national Women's Day Tuesday, South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) Parliamentary Caucus, Monday paid tribute to women involved in the country's long struggles. Full text...

  • African conference on gender for Dakar mid October
    05 august 2005 16:03:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- There are plans for a conference on the appropriation of the African Union Declaration on gender for 12- 15 October 2005 in Dakar, after its organising committee was established here Thursday. Full text...

  • Suspected S. African serial rapist in court
    04 august 2005 08:24:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A navy sailor, suspected of being the Western Cape's worst-ever serial rapist, appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court for his bail application on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Separate detention areas for juveniles in Kenya
    03 august 2005 23:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan juveniles involved in minor criminal offences would now no longer be locked up in police cells, child rights advocates announced here on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN report on women discrimination in Gambia
    20 july 2005 22:17:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- A UN report has noted that despite some progress, Gambia still has a lot of grounds to cover on the elimination of discrimination against women. Full text...

  • Libyan girls excel in secondary school exams
    15 july 2005 17:54:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Prime Minister Choukri Ghanem has praised Libyan girls for their "excellent" performance in the first phase of the 2005 specialised senior secondary education exam administered across the country. Full text...

  • Minister enjoins Congolese women to prepare for 2007 polls
    13 july 2005 17:54:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The chair of the Center for the Promotion of Women in Politics (CPFP), Emilienne Raoul, has called on Congolese women to begin working toward participation in the 2007 general elections to ensure better representation in the country's political institutions. Full text...

  • Gambian Vice President calls for gender equality
    11 july 2005 22:30:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian Vice President, Isatou Njie Monday criticised the continuing "unhelpful and negative socio- cultural constraints" that still "undermine development efforts geared towards addressing problems relating to women and girls' health on the African continent. Full text...

  • UNFPA stresses need for gender equality worldwide
    11 july 2005 19:51:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonians on Monday observed World Population Day with UNFPA programme officer in the country, Paulette Béat Songué, urging the government to make gender equality visible through equal schooling for girls and boys. Full text...

  • Pretoria to host NEPAD gender task force meeting
    10 july 2005 14:47:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- More than 60 gender experts, 40 of whom are drawn from Civil Society Organisations (CSO) in 20 African countries, will converge in Pretoria, South Africa Tuesday to witness the launch of the New Partnership For Africa's Development (NEPAD) Gender Task Force, according to the official NEPAD Secretariat bulletin. Full text...

  • Cameroon women to attend women's congress in USA
    09 july 2005 19:36:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- Women's associations from Cameroon have been invited to attend in Houston, Texas, the World Women's Congress sponsored by the Global Council of Black Women Leaders Incorporated, grouping African-American business, sources have said here. Full text...

  • Poverty fuels human trafficking in E. Africa
    05 july 2005 16:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Poverty and marginalisation of women and children are some of the major contributors to human trafficking in East Africa, a Kenyan official said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Women miners petition AU for support
    05 july 2005 08:58:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Women miners grouped under the continental body known as the African Women in Mining Network have appealed to heads of state and government now meeting in Sirte, Libya to support them with capital and equipment. Full text...

  • Gender equality to become reality in Africa
    01 july 2005 19:29:00
    Syrte- Libya (PANA) -- The Permanent Representatives' Committee (PRC) of the African Union on Friday approved recommendations intended to make gender equality become a reality in Africa. Full text...

  • South African women to meet in Pretoria
    01 july 2005 14:07:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Women in Dialogue (SAWID) will meet from 5 to 8 July in Pretoria for the third national forum intended to assess the country's performance in respect to issues related to development in general and to women in particular. Full text...

  • DR Congo women legislators create forum
    28 june 2005 22:04:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A group of women parliamentarians and honorary legislators in the DR Congo has formed a structure called Forum of Women Parliamentarians (FOFEPA) charged with promoting solidarity among the elected persons. Full text...

  • Botswana gets first female attorney general
    28 june 2005 20:25:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana President Festus Mogae has appointed High Court judge, Justice Athaliah Molokomme as the country's first female Attorney General. Full text...

  • Many applaud Mbeki's choice of female deputy
    23 june 2005 09:50:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The appointment Wednesday of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka as South Africa's deputy president has received warm reception as 'a giant victory for women' across the African continent. Full text...

  • South African grandmother suspected in bizarre murder
    21 june 2005 08:48:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- An 82-year-old Cape Town grandmother is the prime suspect in a brutal and bizarre family killing. Full text...

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