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  • Women in Benin think abstinence, fidelity curb HIV/AIDS
    07 september 2003 16:18:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- More than 1,000 women in Benin have expressed opposition to the use of condoms as a means of preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Expert faults SADC over gender representation at elections
    03 september 2003 20:23:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries risk failing to meet the 30 percent target in the representation of women in decision-making structures, unless they adapt their electoral systems to the Proportional Representation (PR) model, an expert warned here. Full text...

  • Sudan Government to ban FGM
    03 september 2003 19:16:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan, which has the highest prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the world, has made a commitment to ban the practice. Full text...

  • Meet Africa's WHO female Assistant DG
    03 september 2003 08:08:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- She comes across as an unassuming homely woman with a look that belies her present position of Assistant Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), but people familiar with Joy Phumaphi say she is down to earth and behaves true to character. Full text...

  • Three African First Ladies Arrive Tripoli
    31 august 2003 20:56:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The first ladies of Eritrea, Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde arrived here Saturday to participate in festivities marking the 34th anniversary of the 1 September Revolution. Full text...

  • Jilted woman performs FGM on self to appease in-laws
    28 august 2003 14:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Monica Kaari, 21, stunned folks in the Kenyan district of Meru when she circumcised herself Wednesday night, saying she did so to appease her in-laws and reconcile with her husband from who she had separated. Full text...

  • Swazi governor orders widows to remove mourning gowns
    28 august 2003 10:19:00
    Ludzidzini- Swaziland (PANA) -- As Swazis prepare to celebrate their kingdom's 35th independence anniversary and King Mswati III's birthday 6 September, the traditional governor of Ludzidzini Jim Gama, has directed chiefs to ensure that all widows in the country removed their mourning gowns before the dual event. Full text...

  • African First Ladies task husbands on poverty, violence
    27 august 2003 09:04:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- First ladies from Southern African countries have issued a declaration urging their husbands and governments in the region to place gender concerns high on their poverty eradication agenda. Full text...

  • 90 percent of Sudanese women are FGM victims
    25 august 2003 14:31:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Health minister Ahmed Bilal Osman conceded here at the weekend that up to 90 percent of women in Sudan's northern provinces have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM). Full text...

  • Southern Sudanese among the world's most destitute, desperate
    25 august 2003 09:26:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- While the international community watches the wrangling at the unending Sudanese peace talks, the average woman in the south of the country, though desperate for peace, has more immediate concerns. Full text...

  • Southern African women face long march to gender parity
    22 august 2003 20:07:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The secretariat of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is in the process of developing a gender policy for the region, with a view to promoting parity in a region where women are still a long way to asserting their rights. Full text...

  • Benin jurists brainstorm on Family Code
    21 august 2003 23:43:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Lawyers, magistrates and other jurists began reflects here Wednesday towards harmonising the Family and Peoples Code with the country's Constitution. Full text...

  • South African Women in Nuclear (WIN) workshop underway
    15 august 2003 19:06:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Deputy Minister of Minerals and Energy, Susan Shabangu is hosting the South African Women in Nuclear (WIN) workshop at the Kopanong Conference Centre, Benoni. Full text...

  • Kenyan women petition British govt over rape cases
    14 august 2003 16:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan women, pursuing compensation claims from the British government over alleged rape by the British soldiers, on Thursday marched in the streets of Nairobi before presenting the British High Commissioner a petition to demand the claims. Full text...

  • Ugandan beauty contest runs sour as winner turns out Senegalese
    13 august 2003 13:55:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Controversy is simmering over the nationality of newly crowned Miss Uganda after she admitted that although she was born and raised in the East African country, her father is Senegalese. Full text...

  • HRW chides Uganda over rampant domestic violence
    13 august 2003 10:38:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan government's failure to protect women from domestic violence and discrimination increases their risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has warned. Full text...

  • KwaZulu-Natal entrepreneur wins technology award
    11 august 2003 17:15:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- KwaZulu-Natal entrepreneur, Tholakele Hadebe has won the 2003 Technology for Women in Business (TWIB) Award, at a glittering ceremony held in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. Full text...

  • Cape Verde chosen for regional gender training centre
    10 august 2003 20:20:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- A regional gender training centre for West and Central Africa will be set up in Cape Verde before the end of this year, reliable sources disclosed here Sunday. Full text...

  • All-women helicopter crew marks Women's Day
    09 august 2003 10:43:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's all-women rescue crew, believed to be the first in the world, from the Nokia Surf Rescue Helicopter Service, is keeping a close eye on Durban's coastline festivities during the Women's Day weekend which began on Saturday. Full text...

  • South African Airways to observe Women's Day
    08 august 2003 20:17:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- To commemorate this year's National Women's Day, the South African Airways (SAA) said it would operate an all-female crew flight to Durban Saturday. Full text...

  • Mbeki salutes South African women ahead of Women's Day
    08 august 2003 16:17:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki on Friday saluted South African women ahead of National Women's Day and renewed his government's commitment to transform South Africa into a non-sexist country. Full text...

  • Gauteng salutes S. Africa women ahead national women's day
    07 august 2003 16:31:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- As the 9 August National Women's Day observance draws near, the provincial Gauteng Health Department Thursday paid tribute to women in the public health sector to acknowledge their contributions. Full text...

  • Ten leading South African women for prestigious honours
    07 august 2003 09:25:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Ten leading South African women have been named the finalists in this year's Visible Difference Awards which is timed to coincide with National Women's Day, to pay tribute to the unsung heroines of South Africa. Full text...

  • DR Congo women cry against marginalisation in new govt
    02 august 2003 10:12:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Democratic Republic of Congo women have raised concern over what they see as marginalisation in the transitional institutions of the country, and are calling for readjustment. Full text...

  • Rural teacher wins prestigious Woman of the Year Award
    01 august 2003 21:32:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A woman who has dedicated much of her life to training impoverished members of society to read and write on Thursday night walked away as winner of the Woman of the Year Award at a prestigious function here. Full text...

  • Mali records more girl child enrolment in school
    31 july 2003 21:20:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malians Thursday observed Pan-African Women's Day noting a sharp increase over a decade in the number of girls enrolled in school in the West African state. Full text...

  • Tunisian ruling party sets 25 percent electoral posts for women
    30 july 2003 21:28:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The Democratic Constitutional Rally (RCD), Tunisia's governing party, says women would make up about 25 percent of its candidates in the next legislative and municipal elections. Full text...

  • UNICEF official urges tough laws on women trafficking
    27 july 2003 15:54:00
    Lagos- Nigerian (PANA) -- The executive director of UNICEF, Carol Bellamy, has called for tough laws globally against "criminals" engaged in trafficking women and children. Full text...

  • Gender rights activists sue for women's reproductive rights
    24 july 2003 20:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- While there is need to support trade, resolve financial crisis, stop wars, end environmental degradation and cope with climate changes, among others, women's reproductive rights should not fade into the periphery," the director of the Society for International Development (SID), Wendy Harcourt, said on Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Parliament Speaker encourages women upliftment
    22 july 2003 10:39:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Speaker Ali Nouhoum Diallow of ECOWAS Parliament has challenged African women to stand up and fight for their rights. Full text...

  • Gabonese NGO launches female condom campaign
    17 july 2003 20:19:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The Gabonese Movement for Well-being (MGBEF), an NGO specialised in planned parenthood and reproductive health, Thursday launched a campaign here to promote the use of female condoms. Full text...

  • Kenyan MP wants abortion legalised
    11 july 2003 19:33:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The debate on abortion in Kenya took a new twist Friday with MP Cecily Mbarire urging the government to legalise the practice so as to reduce deaths from clandestine abortions. Full text...

  • Minister decries early marriages in Niger
    11 july 2003 18:15:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger's Minister of Social Development, Population and Women's Protection, Halimatou Abdoulwahid, Friday denounced early marriages, which often resulted in complications during child delivery in the country. Full text...

  • AU Executive Council endorses protocol on women's rights
    09 july 2003 22:32:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- African women are set to acquire a new instrument in their struggle for emancipation and elimination of all forms of discrimination, after the African Union executive council adopted a Protocol to the African charter on human and peoples' rights, relating to women's rights. Full text...

  • Benin councillors take management drills
    08 july 2003 23:16:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Some 50 councillors in Benin started a capacity building seminar here Tuesday aimed at improving efficiency and transparency in the running of local councils. Full text...

  • Kenyan lawmaker decries rising domestic violence
    02 july 2003 16:33:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan legislator claimed that 98 percent of domestic violence cases in the country were caused by inheritance, land disputes and polygamy. Full text...

  • South African First Lady challenges women to contribute to AU
    02 july 2003 10:41:00
    Pretoria- South Africa (PANA) -- First Lady Zanele Mbeki of South Africa has enjoined women in the country to be active participants in the implementation of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) as well as contribute to the vision, objectives and principles of the African Union. Full text...

  • Rural Ugandan women denied access to credit facilities
    01 july 2003 14:03:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A notional survey has revealed that more than 43 percent of Uganda's population is denied access to credit facilities offered by Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs), due to poor infrastructure. Full text...

  • Morocco hosts women's world summit
    30 june 2003 12:19:00
    Marrakech- Morocco (PANA) -- The proceedings of the 2003 women's World Summit were officially launched in Marrakesh (320 km south of Rabat) Saturday night by Princess Lalla, sister of King Mohammed of Morocco. Full text...

  • Two-thirds of Burkinabe girls do not attend school
    27 june 2003 21:45:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Just about a third of girls of school going age are enrolled in Burkina Faso, official sources conceded here Friday. Full text...

  • UNICEF unhappy about violence against children in DR Congo
    26 june 2003 15:33:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UNICEF has raised alarm over violence meted against women and children in the ongoing conflict in DR Congo's Ituri Province. Full text...

  • Workshop examines travel restrictions on Sudanese women
    26 june 2003 11:31:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- As workshop participants review stern travel restrictions on Sudanese women outside the country, a female government official has boldly criticised the restrictions as "discriminatory". Full text...

  • Morocco to host women's summit
    25 june 2003 22:59:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The 2003 Women's World Summit would hold 28-30 June in Marrakech, 320 km south of Rabat with some 700 women from more than 80 countries in attendance. Full text...

  • "25 by 2005" campaign launched in Ouagadougou
    24 june 2003 22:31:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The UNICEF executive director, Carol Bellamy, on Tuesday in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) officially launched a campaign called "25 by 2005" aimed at accelerating the progress in education of girls during the next two years. Full text...

  • Sudanese govt to pay for compulsory uniforms
    23 june 2003 23:35:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- President Omar el Bashir of Sudan said on Monday that his government would donate 5. Full text...

  • Kenyan women hail formation of truth, justice commission
    19 june 2003 14:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Women are upbeat following recent recommendations that a truth and reconciliation commission for the country be constituted, saying the body would help "spill out" all wrongs committed against them and their families during past regimes. Full text...

  • Gambian police officer accused of raping schoolgirl
    18 june 2003 23:38:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- A Gambian police inspector Abdoulie Colly has been accused of raping a 12-year-old schoolgirl in the fishing town of Tujereng. Full text...

  • Zambia marks Day of the African Child
    16 june 2003 15:15:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia Monday joined the rest of the continent in marking the day of the African child, observed in memory of the children of South Africa who were massacred in Soweto in 1976 for speaking out against injustice. Full text...

  • African govts neglect plight of pregnant school girls
    11 june 2003 16:32:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Only eight African countries allow pregnant school girls to complete their studies after delivery, the executive director of the Forum African Women Educationalists (FAWE), Penina Mlama has revealed here. Full text...

  • Sexual harassment of girls in schools worries World Bank
    10 june 2003 09:11:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Efforts in Africa to crack down on sexual harassment of girls in schools are proving difficult because African governments refuse to recognise the existence of the problem, a senior World Bank official charged here Tuesday. Full text...

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