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  • West African women demand involvement in decision-making
    02 november 2006 21:52:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) – Women from eight countries- in the West African subregion Thursday began meeting in Serre Kunda for four days to discuss good governance and the involvement of African women and girls in national decision-making processes. Full text...

  • UNFPA moves to close gender gap in Nigeria
    28 october 2006 20:37:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's country office of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is currently training 150 programme managers to mainstream gender issues in their activities to enhance national development, the News Agency of Nigeria reported Saturday. Full text...

  • African women suffer more in globalisation
    27 october 2006 15:48:00
    Lyon- France (PANA) – The president of a Ugandan N-GO, Margaret Nakato Lubyayi says globalisation heavily weighs on African women. Full text...

  • Kibaki orders 30% public jobs for Kenyan women
    20 october 2006 15:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Mwai Kibaki Friday announced a radical change in the country's public service employment system when he directed the state-run employment agency, the Pubic Service Commission (PSC), to immediately start ensuring that 30 per cent of new appointments went to women. Full text...

  • Is Africa making headway on gender parity?
    20 october 2006 13:47:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Nearly three years since African leaders declared their common position on advancing gender equality, the continent's record in this area is largely wanting though not totally devoid of merit. Full text...

  • Dakar film festival seeks stop to violence against women
    13 october 2006 21:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Filmmakers from around the African continent are being invited to submit their films and documentaries for a film festival devoted to ending violence against women in Africa. Full text...

  • Kenya plans to curb gender, sexual violence
    23 september 2006 12:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan authorities are in the process of installing the requisite legal framework to contain gender and sexual violence in the eastern African country, a senior said here Saturday. Full text...

  • International women entrepreneurs to visit Tunisia
    09 august 2006 17:34:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- A World Association of Women Entrepreneurs (FCEM) delegation, led by its President Francoise Foning of Cameroon, is to visit Tunisia 12 August, at the invitation of President Zine Al-Abidine Ben Ali and his wife, the Association sources said here. Full text...

  • SA women launch progressive movement
    05 august 2006 19:02:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has saluted the Progressive Women's Movement of South Africa (PWMSA) on its launching conference being held this weekend in Bloemfontein. Full text...

  • AI highlights discrimination against women in Sierra Leone
    01 august 2006 20:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Amnesty International (AI) Tuesday launched a campaign to highlight the problems faced by women in Sierra Leone in accessing the justice system. Full text...

  • South Africa gears for Women's Day celebrations
    31 july 2006 11:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has told South Africans that observing Woman's Month Celebrations "reminds us as a nation, of where we come from, and the road that still lies ahead of us in the struggle for women's emancipation and gender equality". Full text...

  • Women head administrative subdivisions in Cameroon
    18 july 2006 13:16:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) – For the first time in C-ameroon, two women have been appointed to head administrative subdivisions in the country. Full text...

  • AU Commission assures on gender declaration implementation
    26 june 2006 17:22:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The first reports on the status of implementation of the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (SDGEA) are to be submitted for consideration by the African Union summit in January 2007, an AU Commission official said Monday. Full text...

  • Gambian VP challenges women's forum on gender
    26 june 2006 13:32:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian Vice President Isatou Njie Saidy Monday challenged a forum of African civil society organisations on gender to come up with measures to help achieve gender equality on the continent. Full text...

  • African women urged to work harder for gender equality
    22 june 2006 23:08:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) – A leading human rights act-ivist Thursday told African women to identify their responsibilities in the ongoing global struggle against all forms of discrimination, and work harder towards gender equality on the continent. Full text...

  • Gambian VP sues for African women empowerment
    22 june 2006 21:55:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) – Gambia's Vice President Isatou Njie--Saidy Thursday called for more efforts aimed at women empowerment in Africa, arguing that "development through women means development for all". Full text...

  • Konare calls for end to female genital mutilation
    13 june 2006 15:23:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Alpha Omar Konare has expressed regret that while the rest of the world is making scientific and technological advancement, Africa is still deeply entrenched in traditions that negatively impact on girls, women and its societies. Full text...

  • Germany, Kenya in joint gender outreach project
    08 june 2006 16:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya and Germany have launch an ambitious outreach-based project to address women's reproductive health issues and gender violence in the eastern African country. Full text...

  • Mauritanian women consolidate for action
    01 june 2006 15:37:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The forum on women's political involvement held in Nouakchott, Tuesday and Wednesday, led to the setting up of a national consultation platform for all Mauritanian women. Full text...

  • NDI to organise forum on women's participation in politics
    25 may 2006 18:01:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The US-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) is to organise from 30 to 31 May in Nouakchott a forum on the reinforcement of women's political participation in the country's affairs. Full text...

  • Netherlands supports girl education in Ethiopia
    15 may 2006 15:13:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- UNICEF and The Netherlands on Monday signed a deal here under which the latter will provide $12 million in support of education for young girls in seven regions of Ethiopia for three years. Full text...

  • ADB to recruit more female workers
    12 may 2006 16:56:00
    Paris- France (PANA) – The African Development Ban-k (ADB) plans to recruit more female workers under its new reform programme, according to a study commissioned by its President, Rwanda's Donald Kaberuka. Full text...

  • Chissano sues for protection of African children's rights
    11 may 2006 10:51:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Africa needs effective leadership in all segments of society to ensure the rights and a better future of its children, former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano said here Thursday. Full text...

  • UNIFEM joins sex probe against AU forces in Darfur
    04 may 2006 19:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) has invited a United Nations women rights body to participate in a new inquiry panel appointed to probe allegations of sexual misconduct, including rape and child abuse by AU forces in Darfur. Full text...

  • SA civil society groups move against gender-violence
    07 april 2006 15:09:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) – Civil society -organisations in South Africa are to gather their members outside parliament in Cape Town Monday to protest the high level of violence against women and children in the country, organisers said Friday. Full text...

  • Woman heads Morocco's human rights NGO
    04 april 2006 17:11:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Amina Bouayach, 42, has become the first woman to head Morocco's Human Rights Organisation (OMDH), following her election at the NGO's congress Monday. Full text...

  • Focus on African girl child's ill treatment
    04 april 2006 10:42:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Violence against girls in Africa will be the focus of a two-day international conference to be held here 11-12 May, the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF), the organisers of the meeting, said here on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Regional workshop on violence against women opens in Abuja
    28 march 2006 14:31:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- A regional workshop to develop a framework for combating violence against women in West Africa is underway at the ECOWAS Executive Secretariat in Abuja. Full text...

  • Kenyan woman gets international peace award
    28 march 2006 14:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Peace for Peace Global Network based in Washington, D. Full text...

  • Group works to end gender imbalance in African education
    28 march 2006 09:59:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Africa can not achieve better education or effective learning unless gender constraints in the continent's educational systems are seriously addressed, according to the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE). Full text...

  • Moroccan panel to monitor violence against women
    24 march 2006 21:56:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Moroccan Secretary of state in charge of the family, childhood and handicapped people, Yasmina Baddou, on Friday announced the creation of a national observatory for fighting violence on women. Full text...

  • Central African women MPs meet in Bangui
    17 march 2006 19:17:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- A conference of Central African women parliamentarians, RFPAC, is underway in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • 59 Senegalese, Malian villages stop FGM
    14 march 2006 12:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) – Women representing 52 Sene-galese and seven Malian villages have issued a public declaration to stop female genital mutilation (FGM) and arranged and/or early marriages, previously practised in their localities. Full text...

  • Torch of Peace arrives in Cape Town
    13 march 2006 12:12:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Torch of Peace, lit last November during the launch of the 16 Days of Activism against violence on women and children, has arrived in Cape Town. Full text...

  • FAS launches MA programme in Senegal on Gender and Peace
    11 march 2006 14:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) – The Dakar--based international NGO Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) and the Geneva Peace University (UPeace), have launched training and education module which will eventually lead to a master's degree programme in Gender and Peace building. Full text...

  • Mwanawasa promises Zambian women more senior govt posts
    11 march 2006 11:52:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's president Levy Mwanawasa has promised to give women in the country more decision-making positions in government and other public sectors in a drive to achieve gender parity. Full text...

  • Hitches remain in gender equality in Rwanda
    09 march 2006 23:00:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- There are numerous obstacles to clear before affirming that there is gender equality in decision-making in Rwanda, the vice-president of the National human rights commission (CNDH), Déogratias Kayumba, observed here. Full text...

  • World Vision promises to promote gender parity
    09 march 2006 22:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Christian charity, World Vision, will continue to promote gender by placing women at the heart of its development initiatives, World Vision's national director in Senegal, Eric Toumieux said in Senegal's second city of Kaolack. Full text...

  • Women urged to get involved in decision taking
    09 march 2006 12:02:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The UN Population Fund executive director, Thoraya A. Full text...

  • Kigali elects first female mayor
    08 march 2006 19:34:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) – For the first time in its -history, Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda, has elected a female mayor for a four-year term that is renewable twice, municipal sources confirmed here Wednesday. Full text...

  • McKinnon reaffirms Commonwealth commitment to gender equality
    08 march 2006 19:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Women's rights and equality between the sexes are essential to the Commonwealth's overarching goals of development, democracy and human rights, Secretary-General Don McKinnon said Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN top officials preach gender equality on Women's Day
    08 march 2006 16:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- As the world commemorates the International Women's Day, senior UN officials including Secretary General Kofi Annan and UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura, Wednesday called for greater participation of women in decision-making process and access to power. Full text...

  • Guebuza says Mozambique priorities gender issues
    07 march 2006 19:15:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Emphasising that gender issues are a priority for the Mozambican government in all areas of activity, President Armando Guebuza said here Tuesday that his government is convinced that its plans will only be successful if they include a gender approach. Full text...

  • Mali to mark International Women's Day
    04 march 2006 14:11:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali will use the commemoration of the International Women's Day (8 March) this year to press for more women to be placed in decision-making positions in the country, the ministry for family, women and children's affairs said here. Full text...

  • Study unmasks violence against women in SA prisons
    03 march 2006 13:04:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Approximately nine in 10 imprisoned women in South Africa's Gauteng province have experienced rape and domestic violence, according to an unprecedented study released here Friday. Full text...

  • MONUC worried by sexual violence in DR Congo
    02 march 2006 19:56:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The UN Mission in DR Congo (MONUC) has expressed concern over the escalation of sexual violence against women in parts of the country, particularly central Maniema. Full text...

  • International Women's Day activities launched in Cameroon
    28 february 2006 20:50:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonian Women's and Family Affairs Minister Suzanne Bomback on Tuesday officially launched in Belabo, 430 km east of Yaounde, activities related to celebrations of the International Women's Day which falls on 8 March. Full text...

  • UN to enhance women's capacity in decision-making
    23 february 2006 17:26:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Three UN agencies -- the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNPF) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) -- Thursday launched a project aimed at strengthening the involvement of women in the decision-making process in Mauritania. Full text...

  • Women are major victims of war-related violence - Minister
    22 february 2006 16:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- African women still faced gender-specific violations of their human rights and reproductive rights due to continuing armed conflicts across the continent, Kenyan Assistant Gender, Sports and Culture Minister Alicen Chellaite said here on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Togo hosts workshop on women, good governance
    16 february 2006 20:43:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Women from seven West African countries have launched a project on "Good Governance and Women's Participation," with the holding of a workshop Thursday on ways to foster greater women's involvement and influence in decision-making at the central and local levels. Full text...

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