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  • 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...

  • South Africa moves to host Girl Guides World Conference
    20 june 2005 08:27:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's delegation to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) triennial World Conference in Amman, Jordan will present the country's bid to host the 2008 meeting. Full text...

  • Female entrepreneurs top SA tourism award entries
    16 june 2005 17:11:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's 'Emerging Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year 2005' competition has attracted a total of 75 entries this year, with the highest number of contestants being females in the tourism industry. Full text...

  • Rapists stalk IDP camps in Darfur
    07 june 2005 10:44:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Zam Zam camp of internally displaced Darfurians in western Sudan is rife with rape, but, for fear of vengeance, the victims would rather suffer and bear it than put the finger on offenders. Full text...

  • COMESA First Ladies convene roundtable in Kigali
    01 june 2005 23:44:00
    Rwanda- Kigali (PANA) -- The First Ladies of Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Djibouti and the Queen of Swaziland, (the youngest wife of King Mswati III), are expected to begin a two-day round table here Thursday under the theme: "Women's Economic Development and the Fight against AIDS in the region". Full text...

  • HWR wants decade-old Ugandan bill on 'marital rape' passed
    01 june 2005 16:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Uganda's proposed legislation on marital rape and equality in the family could save the lives of countless women and girls, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Wednesday in a letter to the speaker of Ugandan Parliament. Full text...

  • Gender-sensitive budget workshop for Dakar Wednesday
    31 may 2005 22:00:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A five-day sub-regional workshop for the training of trainers in gender-sensitive budgeting begins here Wednesday under the auspices of SURF/West and Central Africa and the UNDP. Full text...

  • Great Lakes women discuss own empowerment
    30 may 2005 13:39:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Violent gang rape in African conflict situations has subjected many women to suffering fistula, the African Union (AU)'s Commissioner for Social Affairs, Bience Gawanas said here Monday. Full text...

  • NGO seeks protection of women, girls in African conflicts
    28 may 2005 09:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Society for Women Against AIDS in Africa (SWAA International) has called on the UN Security Council, governments and other stakeholders to ensure that the rights of women and girls are respected and protected in conflict situations. Full text...

  • NGO demands law on abortion rights in Mauritius
    24 may 2005 16:25:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritius Family Planning Association (MFPA) Tuesday cited all political parties campaigning to contest the legislative polls on 3 July to declare clear positions on abortion in their platforms and include sex education in the school curricula, MFPA Executive Director Sangeet Jooseery said. Full text...

  • Addis Ababa to host regional meeting on women empowerment
    23 may 2005 15:49:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A UNESCO-sponsored two-day meeting on women empowerment in the Great Lakes region begins in Addis Ababa 30 May, to develop an action plan to promote gender equality. Full text...

  • World Bank pats Uganda over women economic empowerment - Report
    23 may 2005 12:22:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- While sounding a warning that Uganda faces a potential cut in assistance over the political posture of Kampala, the World Bank acknowledges that the Yoweri Museveni-led movement government has spurred Uganda to emerge as the leading sub-Saharan African nation in addressing critical linkages between economic growth and gender issues. Full text...

  • Niger officially launches world women's march
    17 may 2005 23:42:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Nigerien women on Tuesday officially launched the World March of Women for Humanity Movement under which they will undertake a series of activities between June to October 2005. Full text...

  • Ugandan monarch to award virgins who abstain till marriage
    12 may 2005 15:50:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- In a strategy to minimise the spread of HIV/AIDS infections in Uganda, the monarch of Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom in mid-western Uganda has set an award, comprising certificates and prizes, for virgins who strictly adhere to sexual abstinence till marriage. Full text...

  • Nigeria gets first female Supreme Court justice
    11 may 2005 12:58:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's upper legislative chamber, the Senate, has confirmed the appointment of Justice Aloma Mariam Muktar as the country's first female Justice of the Supreme Court. Full text...

  • Regional gender mainstreaming confab convenes in New Delhi
    09 may 2005 14:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The increased need to address gender inequalities in development projects will be the focus of a three-day conference in New Delhi being jointly organized by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Full text...

  • Comoro's Anjoun offers free primary school for girls
    07 may 2005 09:55:00
    Mutsamudu- Comoros (PANA) -- Comoran vice-president Caabi Elyachroutu has congratulated the president of the autonomous island of Anjouan fore scrapping off registration fees for girls in a move to promote parity between girls and boys. Full text...

  • Arab women to get training at Tunis meet
    05 may 2005 08:47:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Nearly 200 businesswomen from across the Middle East and North Africa will gather in Tunis from 24 to 26 May to take part in entrepreneurship training programmes. Full text...

  • Wade, Mbeki receive gender parity award
    03 may 2005 22:43:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal has introduced a major change in Africa by campaigning parity between men and women in manning institutions in the continental political organisation, the executive director of the Women Africa Solidarity, Bineta Diop declared here. Full text...

  • Dakar forum hails role of African women
    02 may 2005 15:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Gertrude Mongella, president of the Pan-African Parliament, has indicated here that African women fought beside their men to dismantle apartheid and slavery in Africa. Full text...

  • Use status to help rural, conflict-affected women - ECA official
    01 may 2005 21:19:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) deputy executive secretary Joséphine Ouédraogo Sunday urged 'successful' African women to ensure that their status in society was used to contribute to ameliorating the sufferings of rural women and those engulfed in conflicts on the continent. Full text...

  • SA foreign minister Zuma nudges women to 'change the world'
    01 may 2005 20:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- South African foreign minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Sunday urged women globally to change the world and ensure a better life for future generations. Full text...

  • African parliament head says women vital to ending African conflicts
    01 may 2005 19:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Gertrude Mongella, president of the Pan-African Parliament, an organ of the African Union, Sunday said getting women involved in undertakings to resolve conflicts on the African continent has proven crucial in ending disputes. Full text...

  • UN official urges cancellation of Africa's debt
    01 may 2005 18:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) director in Senegal, Yassine Fall, Sunday called on rich creditor nations cancel the debt of poor African nations to facilitate their development and provision of basic services for the people of the continent. Full text...

  • African women crave role in attainment of peace
    01 may 2005 18:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The executive director of "Femmes Africa Solidarité" (FAS), Bineta Diop, Sunday said the integration of African women into peace processes was an essential ingredient for attaining lasting peace and stability on the continent. Full text...

  • Africa making strides in gender equality - NGO
    30 april 2005 18:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African continent has made important strides by applying gender equality within the African Union (AU), the executive director of the NGO, Woman Africa Solidarity (FAS), Bineta Diop, told a news conference here on Friday. Full text...

  • African women leaders meet in Nigeria
    29 april 2005 17:41:00
    Ota- Nigeria (PANA) -- African Union chairman and Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo observed here Friday that women in Africa were facing a lot of cultural and religious inhibitions that were retarding their progress. Full text...

  • Dakar to host maiden African gender forum
    27 april 2005 13:16:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The first edition of the African Gender Forum organised by the regional office of the Dakar-based NGO 'Femmes Africa Solidarité' will convene here 1-2 May, organisers said Wednesday. Full text...

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