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  • King Mswati denies eyeing Miss Swaziland as fiancée
    10 december 2002 12:09:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swaziland's King Mswati III has refuted allegations that he was eyeing Miss Swaziland, Nozipho Shabangu as his future wife. Full text...

  • Burkinabe First Lady joins anti-FGM campaign
    08 december 2002 15:30:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Burkinabe First Lady Chantal Compaore is due in Brussels Sunday ahead of the lunching on Monday of an international campaign against female genital mutilation dubbed 'Stop FGM', diplomatic sources indicated in the Belgian capital. Full text...

  • Ex-boyfriend denounces girl picked for wife by Swazi king
    05 december 2002 19:26:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- In the latest twist to the controversy surrounding manoeuvres by King Mswati III to take 18- year-old Zena Mahlangu for a wife, an ex-boyfriend of the teenager has made embarrassing allegations about her past. Full text...

  • South African firm supports abused women, children
    05 december 2002 08:20:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's leading electricity utility, Eskom, has donated a three-million-rand (about 330,000 US-dollar) property in Johannesburg to Gauteng's Safety and Liaison Department to be used as a Centre for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Full text...

  • Mauritius goes tough on sexual discrimination
    04 december 2002 13:10:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A bill proposing harsher sentences and heavy fines for sexual discrimination has been tabled before Parliament in Mauritius by Women's Rights and Family Welfare minister Arianne Navarre-Marie, according to sources at the National Assembly. Full text...

  • Social critic warns Ugandan women about child feeding
    03 december 2002 22:07:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A social critic and child advocate on Tuesday criticised Ugandan women for the habit of feeding their husbands like kings and leaving their children underfed with food leftovers in many households. Full text...

  • UNFPA worries over increased poverty among women
    03 december 2002 17:36:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Population Fund (UNFPA) announced Tuesday that more women than men live in poverty world-wide, in spite of efforts to reduce gender inequality. Full text...

  • UNESCO envoy denounces sexual exploitation of girls in DR Congo
    29 november 2002 18:05:00
    Kinshasa- RD Congo (PANA) -- UNESCO Representative in DR Congo, Ernest Fassbender, has urged the media to fight against sexual exploitation of girls in the country's higher education institutions and training centres. Full text...

  • Benin sets up women's promotion commission
    28 november 2002 20:44:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A commission to promote Beninese women's work in development has been set up in the country. Full text...

  • Mbeki says police, courts should show more understanding
    26 november 2002 22:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki said Tuesday that South African police and the courts should work to better understand the plight of women and children as victims of abuse. Full text...

  • 70,000 forced marriages of African immigrants in France yearly
    26 november 2002 16:23:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- More than 70,000 young girls in France, mainly from North and sub-Saharan African immigrant families, are forced to marry husbands chosen for them by their parents, local NGOs charged in Paris Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africans march against violence on women, children
    25 november 2002 17:35:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- For the fifth time in its eight years as a democracy, South Africa on Monday took part in the global campaign to combat the scourge of women and child abuse. Full text...

  • New deep-water harbour a boost for South African women
    21 november 2002 16:00:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- For more than 10 years after leaving school, Noluthando Luzipo, who lives in Motherwell in South Africa's Eastern Cape Province, struggled to find a job. Full text...

  • Mauritian NGO fights violence against women
    19 november 2002 17:13:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian women NGO "SOS Femmes," said Tuesday it had despatched some 33,000 letters to men, within the framework of the International Day on violence against women, marked 25 November. Full text...

  • Rwandan group celebrates anniversary
    18 november 2002 10:54:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Pro-Femmes Twese Hamwe, a grouping of 41 Rwandan women's associations active in the socio-economic sectors, Sunday celebrated its 10 anniversary with spectacular festivities attended by President Paul Kagame and other senior officials in the country. Full text...

  • Kenyan women MP aspirants seek donors' support
    12 november 2002 11:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As general elections draw near, Kenyan women parliamentary aspirants are appealing for donors' assistance to enhance their role and influence in the present and future political process. Full text...

  • South African regional minister vows to protect children
    06 november 2002 12:04:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Parents should not use their children to settle scores, South Africa's Gauteng Province Safety and Liaison Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said Wednesday. Full text...

  • UNESCO denounces discriminations toward Cameroonian women
    04 november 2002 21:13:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- UNESCO is denouncing obstacles to the accession of Cameroonian women to positions of responsibility, and their social promotion. Full text...

  • Women still lead in HIV/AIDS death toll in Uganda
    03 november 2002 13:30:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- As more adults than children continue to die of the HIV/AIDS in Uganda, women lead the death toll in comparison to men, the ministry of health has revealed in a surveillance report here. Full text...

  • Benin woman wins UN poverty eradication prize
    28 october 2002 22:20:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin national Grâce Dotou, 59, has won the 2002 UN poverty eradication prize, and is due to receive the award next Wednesday in New York. Full text...

  • Men to blame for Africa's menacing AIDS pandemic
    25 october 2002 21:00:00
    Sal- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Curbing Africa's galloping HIV/AIDS infection rates will, to a large extent, depend on the ability to stop the reckless sexual behaviour of men, argues an expert in population issues. Full text...

  • Tunisian women inch way into decision-making positions
    22 october 2002 16:32:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Observers in Tunis cite the naming of Naziha Zarrouk as Tunisian Ambassador to Lebanon as a pointer to the increasing role of women in the country's diplomacy and decision-making process. Full text...

  • Gabon to host African women Ministers in 2004
    19 october 2002 19:56:00
    Sal- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Gabon has offered to host the 2004 conference of African women Ministers and Parliamentarians. Full text...

  • 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...

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