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  • AU protocol on women's rights to eliminate discrimination
    27 march 2003 15:07:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The adoption of the draft protocol relating to women's rights in Africa would be a qualitative leap to full development of human beings without discrimination, a senior official of the African Union (AU) Commission said in Addis Ababa Thursday. Full text...

  • Niger's sand women face hard times in Niamey
    10 march 2003 09:31:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Extreme poverty affecting women in Niger has generally led them to begging or prostitution. Full text...

  • Gambian women urged to take advantage of AGOA
    09 march 2003 14:46:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambia's Vice President and Secretary for Women's Affairs Isatou Njie-Saidy urged women in her country to take advantage of US African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) by exporting their products to American markets. Full text...

  • UNESCO's Koïchiro Matsuura appeals for gender equality
    09 march 2003 14:22:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- UNESCO Director General Koïchiro Matsuura has urged countries all over the world to strive for gender equality, a "precondition for the realisation of the Millennium Development Goals fixed by the United Nations". Full text...

  • Equatorial Guinean minister denounces early marriages
    09 march 2003 11:48:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Equatorial Guinean Women and Social Affairs Minister Teresa Efua Asangono has denounced the numerous constraints to which women in her country are subjected to, particularly early marriages and rape. Full text...

  • Vice-chancellor dubbed 'iron lady' of Swazi university
    09 march 2003 10:16:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- With her no-nonsense management approach, Swaziland University's vice-chancellor, Professor Lydia Phindile Makhubu, is referred to as "the iron lady" by students and her peers. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe women demonstrate for recognition
    08 march 2003 21:14:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Women's groups in Zimbabwe took to the streets Saturday to urge recognition and respect for their gender, which they charged have been eroded by years of political tension in the country. Full text...

  • Botswana women venture where others dread
    08 march 2003 21:08:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- As women the world over commemorated International Women's Day Saturday, those in Botswana did so with a little more pomp because unlike their counterparts elsewhere in Africa, they have made greater strides in the political arena. Full text...

  • Democracy favours women's development in Nigeria
    08 march 2003 20:37:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The democratic dispensation in Nigeria has favoured women development in the country, as women now play major roles in the conduct of national life, according to Nigerian women activists. Full text...

  • Observers note absence of Malian women in elective positions
    08 march 2003 20:11:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Very few women in Mali have been able to land elective and appointive positions alike, with the 147-member National Assembly counting only 14 women MPs, pundits noted on the occasion of this year's International Women's Day. Full text...

  • Egypt loses leading role in the emancipation of women
    08 march 2003 18:51:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- The country can hardly claim a lead role today, even though Egypt's Kassem Amin was the first Muslim intellectual to campaign for the emancipation of women and to pave the way for the emergence of a vanguard feminist movement in the Arab world nearly 100 years ago. Full text...

  • Niger minister decries level of poverty among women
    08 march 2003 18:21:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Women's Advancement Minister Halimata Ousseini has bemoaned the stranglehold of poverty on Niger women, warning that the situation could compromise efforts towards the Millennium Objectives. Full text...

  • African immigrants in France denounce US war threats on Iraq
    08 march 2003 17:57:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Immigrant African women in France have voiced their opposition to US-led plans to attack Iraq over the latter's alleged weapons of mass destruction. Full text...

  • Pundits note relative improvement in the lives of Congolese women
    08 march 2003 17:28:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The plight of the Congolese woman has relatively improved since the national conference of February- June 1991, which saw the emergence of a policy on women's emancipation, observers acknowledge. Full text...

  • Study highlights adolescent life and early marriages in Senegal
    08 march 2003 16:42:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- In Senegal where, on average, girls marry at the age of 20, the marriage of adolescent is quite commonplace as half of the country's women get married before their 23rd birthday and more than a third of them before they reach 18, according to a study conducted by an NGO, Population Council. Full text...

  • Women's Day to be celebrated without pomp in Cote d'Ivoire
    07 march 2003 23:30:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The International Women's Day, which will be observed on Saturday throughout the world, will not be celebrated with any particular splendour this year in war-torn Cote d'Ivoire, according to official sources in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Studies find women primary victims of inequalities in Cameroon
    07 march 2003 23:29:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Even though they constitute about 52 percent of the country's 15. Full text...

  • UNIFEM, UNDP appeal for more involvement of women in development
    07 march 2003 22:43:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The regional director for Africa of the United Nations Woman's Fund (UNIFEM), Micheline Ravololonarisoa, and the resident representative of UN Development Programme (UNDP), Ahmed Rhazaoui, have appealed for a better involvement of women in the fight against poverty, one of the eight objectives of the millennium for development. Full text...

  • Reunion women declare solidarity with Sharia victim in Nigeria
    07 march 2003 22:05:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The Reunion Women's Defence Association has indicated it would seize the occasion of International Women's Day on Saturday to show support for Amina Lawal, a Nigerian woman sentenced to death by stoning under Islamic Law. Full text...

  • UNIFEM director laments at violence against women
    07 march 2003 20:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) Executive Director Noeleen Heyzer has deplored the violence directed at women living in conflict areas, appealing to the concerned states to take measures to protect them. Full text...

  • World goals require women's empowerment
    07 march 2003 19:33:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Failure to focus on gender has held back progress in development around the world, says UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Mark Malloch Brown. Full text...

  • Women account for 17 percent of news sources in Southern Africa
    07 march 2003 19:23:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A study launched Friday in Johannesburg on gender equity vis-à-vis media access in Southern Africa shows that women constitute 17 percent of news sources, slightly below the global average of 18 percent. Full text...

  • Botswana reels from 'love killings' ahead of Women's Day
    07 march 2003 19:01:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- As women in other parts of the world prepare to mark World Women's Day on Saturday, Botswana is reeling in shock over a series of murders involving young women reportedly killed by their estranged lovers. Full text...

  • Kenya allocates US$132 million to girls' education
    07 march 2003 16:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya has set aside US$132 million in the 2002/2003 budget to finance the education of girls in 69 schools, an assistant Education minister, Kilemi Mwiria, said here Friday. Full text...

  • Swazi women want constitution to address their status
    07 march 2003 16:20:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swazi women rights activists have high hopes that the keenly awaited constitution will address their minor status in the male-dominated society. Full text...

  • Mali to celebrate International Women's Day
    06 march 2003 22:37:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali will on Saturday celebrate with pomp International Women's Day with various activities held throughout the country, sources from the country's Promotion of Women, Children and Family Ministry said in Bamako Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenyan Maasai pastoralist women turn to farming
    06 march 2003 13:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Esther Nteeka, a pastoralist from the semi-arid Kenyan district of Kajiado is today at ease with a hoe and a machete, just like she is with a stick and other tools associated with cattle herding. Full text...

  • Ghanaian women denounce cultural practices against them
    06 march 2003 12:58:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- As Ghanaian women celebrate International Women's Day on Saturday, the focus is shifting the role of traditional rulers and cultural practices that continue to be a barrier to the tender sex. Full text...

  • Congolese parties fail to agree on venue for talks
    05 march 2003 14:49:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Protagonists in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have failed to agree on the venue for the resumption of the Inter-Congolese Dialogue (ICD), the facilitator of the talks, Sir Ketumile Masire disclosed here Wednesday. Full text...

  • France-based African NGO helps battered women
    04 march 2003 21:03:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A France-based NGO, Afrique-Conseil, has been providing assistance to several dozen African immigrant women victims of domestic violence every year, one of the NGO's officials, Kabangu Muanza, said on Tuesday in Paris. Full text...

  • South Africa's Deputy Speaker keen on gender equality
    04 march 2003 16:58:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Gender equality in the National Assembly and South African politics in general is a subject that is close to the heart of Deputy Speaker Valake Mbete. Full text...

  • South African women chart a new course, but much lies ahead
    04 march 2003 16:49:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Women in South African have historically faced three forms of oppression: race, class and gender. Full text...

  • Kenyan NGOs introduce alternative ritual to FGM
    04 march 2003 11:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As the world celebrates International Women's Day next Friday, Kenyan women are devising ways to grapple with the problem of female genital mutilation (FGM). Full text...

  • Free education in Kenya boosts girls' enrolment
    04 march 2003 10:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As final statistics are being compiled, there is visible evidence that enrolment of girls in Kenyan primary schools has suddenly increased after the government of President Mwai Kibaki introduced a universal free primary education policy last January. Full text...

  • Kabila appoints two women ambassadors
    03 march 2003 23:46:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- President Joseph Kabila has appointed Marie-Helene Mathey Boo and Isabelle Ibula as DR Congo's ambassadors to Gabon and Cote d'Ivoire respectively, state television announced on Sunday. Full text...

  • Domestic violence hits Congolese women
    03 march 2003 21:04:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- One out of eight Congolese women is brutalised by her husband or companion in the home, a member of the National Council for Women (CNF) said in Kinshasa on Monday. Full text...

  • 13 Gabonese women elected to the senate
    28 february 2003 23:15:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Thirteen women have been elected into the 99-seat Gabonese Senate, the chairperson the Network of Gabonese women ministers and parliamentarians Angelique Ngoma revealed here Friday. Full text...

  • Why Congolese women are underrating Congolese men
    24 february 2003 09:09:00
    Gbadolite- DR Congo (PANA) -- Thousands of Congolese women formerly married to and now abandoned by Ugandan troops after the Kampala authorities withdrew their forces from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are underrating local suitors here despite their desperate situation. Full text...

  • Kenya puts gender issues in national development trend
    21 february 2003 14:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan government is drafting a law to set up a national gender commission and move to curb domestic violence, it was announced here Friday. Full text...

  • UNICEF to promote girls' education in Ethiopia
    19 february 2003 23:30:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia and UNICEF Wednesday began a four-day workshop to develop innovative strategies and an action plan to promote girls' education in the country's five regions lagging in girls' enrolment. Full text...

  • Gender expert prescribes co-operatives to African women
    19 february 2003 21:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Poor African women living in slums could finance low-cost housing through savings and credit units after forming co-operative societies, an expert said Wednesday in Nairobi. Full text...

  • Swazi female factory workers prostitute to augment wages
    19 february 2003 13:06:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Poorly paid female factory workers in Swaziland engage in sexual promiscuity that makes them vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, the Family Life Association of Swaziland Behavioural Surveillance Survey (BSS) warns. Full text...

  • UN-HABITAT examines gender issues in human settlements
    18 february 2003 15:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Problems facing women and children are likely to be overlooked as governments make new efforts to improve the lives of urban slum dwellers around the world in coming years. Full text...

  • American women's NGO aids Benin counterpart
    16 february 2003 19:07:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The National Council of Black Women (NCNW) in the US has made a grant of 18. Full text...

  • Swazi men victims of domestic violence
    14 february 2003 18:18:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swazi men, just like women, are also victims of domestic violence, according to statistics compiled recently by the Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA). Full text...

  • Kenyan prisoners demand conjugal rights
    13 february 2003 09:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Male prisoners in Kenya are demanding conjugal rights to curb sodomy and the spread of HIV/AIDS within the country's penitentiaries. Full text...

  • Fight against FGM in Mali rages unabated
    22 january 2003 15:18:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- About 94 percent of the Malian women, aged 15-49 years, have undergone female genital mutilation, Mrs Keïta Joséphine Traoré, director of the national action committee for the discontinuation of practices harmful to women and children (CNAPN) lamented here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Experts: Violence against women gaining ground in Maghreb
    19 january 2003 14:01:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Violence perpetrated against women is increasing in the Maghreb countries, said experts who met this weekend in Algiers to assess the experience of the legal and psychological monitoring centres in Algiers and Tunis. Full text...

  • Put national interests first - Ivorian women
    17 january 2003 16:56:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Ivorian women Friday launched an appeal to the 32 delegates meeting on the Ivorian crisis in Marcoussis near Paris to "to put national interests first" in the talks. Full text...

  • Ivorian Premier wants more women involvement in governance
    14 january 2003 21:42:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- On the eve of roundtable talks in Paris on the future of Cote d'Ivoire, Prime Minister Pascal Affi N'guessan Tuesday suggested that Ivorian women representation in parliament should be increased in a proposed government of national unity pledged by President Laurent Gbagbo. Full text...

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