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  • Int'l Court of Justice gets first woman head
    07 february 2006 20:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Judge Rosalyn Higgins of the United Kingdom was Monday elected President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) by her peers for a three-year term, a statement from The Hague-based court said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Benin female presidential candidate harps on gender equality
    24 january 2006 12:24:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Marie-Elise Gbédo, one of the two female candidates in Benin's March presidential poll says gender equality will be a priority under her administration, if elected. Full text...

  • Rwanda holds second children's summit
    19 january 2006 19:59:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The Rwandan children's annual summit kicked off Thursday in Kagali with 250 participants holding discussions under the theme: "Let's Build A Rwanda Worthy Of Children. Full text...

  • African women's lot remains difficult, says NGO leader
    16 january 2006 22:47:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- African women's conditions still remained difficult despite governments' efforts aimed at advancing their lot, Vore Gana Seck, board chairman of the Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (CONGAD) in Senegal, said Monday here. Full text...

  • AU lauds Darfur women's peace role
    12 january 2006 18:40:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Women in Sudan's troubled western region of Darfur are supporting the African Union-brokered peace process through their presence at the peace talks in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, according to a report released here Thursday by the AU Commission. Full text...

  • Two-week campaign against women, child abuse ends in South Africa
    13 december 2005 10:25:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has urged all South Africans to continue to fight against women and child abuse throughout the year and that their commitment to the fight must not end today on the 16th day of the campaign. Full text...

  • Mozambican parliament ratifies protocol on African women's rights
    08 december 2005 17:51:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican parliament Thursday unanimously ratified the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People's Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa. Full text...

  • African MPs urged to fight FGM
    06 december 2005 22:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Lawmakers from 23 African countries have urged their colleagues in the continent to ensure that enough financial resources are allocated to them pass laws ending female circumcision and to campaign against the practice. Full text...

  • Arusha to host UN meeting on African women's participation in
    01 december 2005 07:33:00
    politics New York- UN (PANA) -- An expert group will meet in Arusha, Tanzania, 6-8 December under the auspices of the UN to discuss strategies to ensure greater participation of African women in politics. Full text...

  • FGM still rife in Kenya despite campaigns
    29 november 2005 13:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's anti-female genital mutilation (FGM) crusaders are alarmed that despite a vigorous campaign against the vice, over 200 girls in the country's north Rift Valley region alone have in the past week gone through the painful operation which is performed without anaesthesia. Full text...

  • UN official commends women's progress in Libya
    22 november 2005 23:55:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Julio Grieco, the Resident Coordinator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Libya, Tuesday commended the gains made by Libyan women on human rights, which he attributed to enabling legislation. Full text...

  • AU parliament head urges support for female Liberian leader
    21 november 2005 15:19:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The election of Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf of Liberia as the first female president in Africa shows that the principle of equality of representation in the organs of national leadership "is taking root in this continent," says Pan African Parliament president Gertrude Mongella. Full text...

  • 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...

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