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  • UN official in Sierra Leone appeals for respect of women
    18 october 2002 23:21:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The acting special representative of UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), Behrooz Sadry, has appealed to Sierra Leone to show respect towards women in the country. Full text...

  • African women ministers urged to exploit AU gender parity offer
    18 october 2002 11:56:00
    Sal- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Besides laying strategies to reverse the feminisation of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, African women ministers and legislators meeting here have been urged to enhance women's representation in the new African Union (AU). Full text...

  • Cape Verde holds women's gender and AIDS meeting
    15 october 2002 12:57:00
    Sal- Cape Verde (PANA) -- A five-day conference of African women ministers and parliamentarians devoted to the challenges of gender and HIV/AIDS opens Tuesday on Cape Verdean island of Sal. Full text...

  • UNHCR envoy pleads for education of refugee girls
    14 october 2002 16:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Ambassador Angelina Jolie of the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has urged the international community to awaken to the rights and needs of young refugee girls, particularly their right to education. Full text...

  • Women warn Zambian govt against slow food distribution
    03 october 2002 21:01:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A Zambian non-governmental organisation Thursday called for a speedy distribution of food in the country's rural areas to prevent the vulnerable from succumbing to death from widespread famine. Full text...

  • Liberia gets first woman Interim Senate President
    02 october 2002 17:30:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The Liberian Senate, the upper chamber of Parliament, has elected Senator Grace Beatrice Minor as Interim President, making her the first woman to occupy the post in the country. Full text...

  • Marriage takes multiple forms in South Africa
    30 september 2002 21:37:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Against the background of a diversified society, the institution of marriage takes many forms in South Africa, and recent social changes have transformed marriage patterns. Full text...

  • S. African govt awards radio station for empowering women
    27 september 2002 13:48:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Recognising its role in civil society, South Africa's Western Cape Department of Social Services Friday awarded Cape Town's Radio 786 with a Certificate of Excellence for "developing a best practise intervention for women's empowerment and gender equality" in its programmes. Full text...

  • Malawi women activists move to curb property grabbing
    22 september 2002 12:06:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Human rights and non-governmental organisations in Malawi have at last initiated actions to prevent greedy relatives from grabbing property left behind by deceased fathers. Full text...

  • Egyptian First Lady urges women to promote peace
    21 september 2002 16:51:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PNA) -- Egyptian First Lady Suzan Mubarak has at an international gathering in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh stressed the need for "a more positive role for women in promoting the value of peace and tolerance in society," insisting the need has never been more urgent. Full text...

  • UN envoy warns against offensive terms to HIV positive women
    20 september 2002 17:35:00
    Arusha (Tanzania) -- The HIV/AIDS epidemic has been transformed into a vehicle of gender discrimination against women especially those living with the virus, a UN official remarked here Friday. Full text...

  • Gender discrimination persists in Benin
    19 september 2002 13:13:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin is among countries with a marked gender discrimination, according to a report released here by the UN Population Fund. Full text...

  • Female-headed households on the increase in Tanzania
    18 september 2002 20:13:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Poverty in mainland Tanzania has decreased by three percent in the last decade while the number of female-headed households is on the rise, according to a survey. Full text...

  • Sudanese Women Demand Wider Representation in Politics
    18 september 2002 13:09:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudanese women activists and opposition parties have called for wider representation of women in partisan politics and in national and regional legislatures. Full text...

  • Miss South Africa may not compete in Miss World pageant
    18 september 2002 08:22:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Venessa Carreira, the reigning Miss South Africa, may boycott the Miss World pageant in Nigeria in protest of that country's controversial death penalty passed on Amina Lawal for adultery, organisers said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Malian women NGOs meet in Bamako
    17 september 2002 17:21:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Coordination of Malian Women's Associations and NGOs (CAFO), grouping 775 associations, Tuesday began its first ordinary Congress in Bamako, to discuss issues affecting women. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso moves to enforce law on gender equality
    12 september 2002 19:49:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe Prime Minister Paramanga Ernest Yonli said in Ouagadougou Thursday that government would enforce existing legislation on gender equality. Full text...

  • Equatorial Guinea moves to promote gender equality
    12 september 2002 08:11:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- President Theodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea has signed an act endorsing a blueprint on women's advancement and gender equality in the country, official sources indicated Wednesday. Full text...

  • Malagasy women press for land ownership
    11 september 2002 13:09:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- A national workshop on the rights of Malagasy women regarding land ownership is underway in Antananarivo. Full text...

  • Mauritian opposition party gets Women's League
    02 september 2002 20:03:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The opposition Labour Party (PTR) in Mauritius, Monday launched its Women's League as part of efforts to capture the Parliamentary seat to be vacated by Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth next year. Full text...

  • Cape Verde women mobilise aid for the needy in Angola
    28 august 2002 13:48:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The Cape Verde Women's Organisation (OMCV) has indicated plans to organise a solidarity campaign in favour of Angolan women and children living in refugee camps. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso hosts workshop on violence against women
    27 august 2002 16:39:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A sub-regional capacity building workshop is holding 26-30 August in Ouagadougou, with focus on how to approach the problem of violence against women through sexual and reproductive programmes. Full text...

  • Zambian traditional leaders fight early marriages
    24 august 2002 19:49:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Traditional rulers in Zambia have stepped up their campaign against early marriages, blamed for disrupting the education of the girl child. Full text...

  • Zambian traditional leaders fight early marriages
    24 august 2002 19:48:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Traditional rulers in Zambia have stepped up their campaign against early marriages, blamed for the isruption in the education of the girl child. Full text...

  • Women urge WSSD to enhance human rights policies
    23 august 2002 15:41:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Relocating funds from military expenditure to human needs and the promotion of non-violent forms of conflict resolution are key elements in a "Women's Action plan for a Healthy and Peaceful Planet 2015" released here Friday. Full text...

  • Western models erode role of African women in development - ILO
    22 august 2002 19:53:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- International Labour Organisation (ILO) regional director in Abidjan Regina Amadi-Njoku has in an interview with an Egyptian weekly argued that whereas African women "have traditionally been partners in development, the adoption of western models have eroded that partnership. Full text...

  • African women send peace torch to Earth Summit
    19 august 2002 17:17:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A torch designed by African women with a peace message for world leaders at the forthcoming World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD) leaves Tanzania for Johannesburg Tuesday via Zambia and Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • Women end training session in Mauritania
    15 august 2002 19:03:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Some 150 Mauritania women have ended a six-day training session in fish-processing techniques. Full text...

  • South African female crew piloted, dock vessel
    15 august 2002 14:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The National Ports Authority of South Africa (NPA) made history early this week when an ocean- going vessel was successfully piloted and docked by an all female crew in Durban. Full text...

  • Two Kenyans jailed for trying to force little girl into marriage
    15 august 2002 12:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Two Kenyan men, a father and a suitor, have been imprisoned for four years for detaining a 12-year-old girl and trying to forcefully give her out in marriage. Full text...

  • Two-year-old Kenyan sues government over discriminatory act
    13 august 2002 14:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In a landmark case, a two-year-old girl has gone to the Kenyan high court to sue the government over her rights, a local daily reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Survey shows 63 percent of women in Benin illiterate
    12 august 2002 19:23:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- About 63 percent of women in Benin have a low level of schooling as compared to 40 percent of men in the country, the national institute of statistics and economic analysis (INSAE) says in a demographic and health survey covering 2001. Full text...

  • Kenyan women band up against toxic brews
    12 august 2002 13:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan women are chanting their way into dens, seizing and spilling locally made but highly toxic brews, in a desperate bid to keep their sons and husbands off the lethal booze sold cheap in every nook and cranny. Full text...

  • Women's lot worries women MPs in Cameroon
    08 august 2002 23:02:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The 16 women elected into Cameroon's 180-strong National Assembly at the parliamentary polls of 30 June have stated their determination to ensure better living conditions for especially the rural woman. Full text...

  • Sudanese Civil Society Groups Mobilize Against FGM
    13 june 2002 17:42:00
    Khartoum- Sudan(PANA) -- Twenty-five Sudanese civil society organizations have joined forces to fight female genital mutilation (FGM) in the country. Full text...

  • Women in Cameroon poorly represented in Parliament
    12 june 2002 23:53:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Women represent only 10 percent of candidates in Cameroon's 23 June parliamentary and local elections, following the publication of the lists of the different political parties. Full text...

  • Govt probes reported abuse of Swazi widows
    07 june 2002 16:42:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The Swazi government has launched an investigation into allegations that some lawyers, as well as Court and police officials were demanding sexual gratification from widows seeking to claim the estates of their late husbands. Full text...

  • Malian Muslims oppose renunciation of FGM
    05 june 2002 16:38:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian Solidarity League of Imams and Islamic Scholars (LIMAMA) has attacked two government bills proscribing the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Mali, sources in Bamako indicated Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan 'fisherwomen' seek empowerment
    04 june 2002 11:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Women in Kenya's Lake Victoria region who derive their livelihood from fishing activities have come up with a novel project to educate and empower their ranks. Full text...

  • Liberian Women Journalists Lack Motivation
    31 may 2002 15:31:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A Dakar-based media research institution has described the future of female journalists in Liberia as "grim". Full text...

  • Muslim scholar condemns harmful practices against women
    28 may 2002 16:41:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A Beninese Islamic scholar, Afize Ambekema has called on Muslims to deliver women from practices that are harmful to their integrity, and violate her rights. Full text...

  • Swazi men complain of excessive abuse by wives
    27 may 2002 16:24:00
    Manzini- Swaziland (PANA) -- A growing number of men in Swaziland are reporting what a local anti-abuse organisation in the tiny kingdom described as "excessive" abuse by their wives. Full text...

  • Report says violence against women in Kenya is pervasive
    27 may 2002 08:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya is still very far from achieving total gender parity and justice, indicates a report released by the country's chapter of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA-Kenya). Full text...

  • South African envoy hails NEPAD's recognition of women
    24 may 2002 10:00:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- South African ambassador to France Thuthukile Skweyiya has hailed the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) for acknowledging the role of women in the socio-economic development of the continent. Full text...

  • Kenyan marital law runs into controversy
    23 may 2002 08:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Newspapers in Kenya have taken a swipe at a marital law they consider out-dated and "presumptuous over matters of the heart," after a judge dismissed a perplexing case in which a woman sought to have her husband jailed for "fraudulently living and having sex with her. Full text...

  • Benin govt launches booklet on FGM
    20 may 2002 16:03:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's ministry of Family, Social Welfare and Solidarity has launched a pamphlet sensitising the public against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Full text...

  • Bridging digital divide for women tops agenda (Feature)
    18 may 2002 14:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Despite outnumbering men among the worlds' population, women constitute the bigger bulk of the poor, and have a disproportionately low access to information communication technologies (ICTs). Full text...

  • Benin issues strong warning against FGM practitioners
    02 may 2002 23:20:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin has issued a strong warning to practitioners of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the country to stop the practice immediately. Full text...

  • Study says women are prime victims of violence in Nairobi
    02 may 2002 17:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Women are the prime victims of violence and abuse in Nairobi and their plight is an indication of the level of insecurity in the city and in most African capitals, according to UN agencies' survey report released in the Kenyan capital Thursday. Full text...

  • Cairo Trade Fair illustrates revival of African women
    29 april 2002 12:47:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- The vitality shown by women participants in the Cairo Trade Fair unquestionably illustrates the determination of African women to henceforth occupy their rightful place in moulding the "future of Africa. Full text...

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