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  • Algerian society indicted as accomplice in women's ordeal
    25 november 2001 16:51:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Years after independence, Algerian women continue to suffer the status of minor assigned them by the existing Family Code, women's rights groups in the country decry. Full text...

  • Report says domestic violence is rampant in Senegal
    24 november 2001 13:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Husbands, in the past few weeks, killed three wives in Senegal, where a current study reveals that 78 percent of women suffer various forms of domestic violence. Full text...

  • Botswana Women Determined to End Domestic Violence
    23 november 2001 22:39:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- "We shall not tolerate violence meted out on fellow women", vows Vivian Mazunga, coordinator of Women's NGO Coalition. Full text...

  • South Africa hosts constest for most beautiful "angel"
    23 november 2001 13:48:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Sun City will this weekend host a group of international beauties, as Africa decides on which of its lovely representatives takes the crown of Miss Malaika, the African angel. Full text...

  • Lobby mobilises women ahead of Zambian elections
    23 november 2001 10:04:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Ahead of Zambia's presidential, parliamentary and council elections announced Thursday for 27 December, the National Women's Lobby Group (ZNWLG) has said it was stepping up support for women candidates. Full text...

  • Nigeria honours foremost female politician
    23 november 2001 09:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria has directed the ministry of Aviation to name the Calabar international airport in the south-east after frontline female politician Margaret Ekpo, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported Friday. Full text...

  • Botswana Needs to Address Violence Against Women
    21 november 2001 22:52:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- A women's rights organisation Wednesday started a 10-day campaign to enlighten the public in Gaborone about the ill effects of violence against women. Full text...

  • Women mostly hit by HIV/AIDS in Mali
    20 november 2001 16:17:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- There are more Malian women infected with the HIV than men, said a study of the Counselling, Care and Assistance Centre (CESAC) released Tuesday in Bamako. Full text...

  • S/African Minister decries violence against women, children
    20 november 2001 14:07:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Social Development Minister Zola Skweyiya has called on citizens to stand up against the increasing cases of abuse, including rape and all forms of violence against women and children. Full text...

  • Study reveals rampant poverty among women in Mauritius
    19 november 2001 19:55:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A fresh study has shown that women remained the most vulnerable group in Mauritius, the MATERA news agency reported Monday. Full text...

  • Zambian women conclude status audit ahead of elections
    16 november 2001 21:21:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian women have produced a report whose findings show that they are still heavily marginalised in both politics and decision making processes, even as the country moves towards presidential and legislative elections. Full text...

  • Films by North African female directors screened in Paris
    16 november 2001 13:58:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- At least 20 films by women directors from Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria are being shown at the Paris-based Arab World Institute throughout November. Full text...

  • OAU experts meeting polarised over issue of polygamy
    16 november 2001 13:17:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- An OAU experts meeting considering the Additional Protocol to the African Charter, on Human and People's Rights on the Rights of Women on Thursday failed to reach a consensus on whether polygamy should be prohibited. Full text...

  • Mali women get USAID aid
    15 november 2001 21:40:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Some 30 women's associations in Mali's north-eastern locality of Goundam in Tambacounda have received market gardening equipment worth 10 million francs CFA (13 000 US dollars) from the United States International Development Agency (USAID). Full text...

  • Malian leaders to participate in combating circumcision
    15 november 2001 17:11:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian Association for the Preservation and Reorientation of Traditional Practices plans to involve traditional rulers in efforts to combat practices that are harmful to the health of women and children. Full text...

  • University launches Wonder Women project in Johannesburg
    15 november 2001 11:34:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Consanguine sisters -Prof. Full text...

  • Burundi women decry marginalisation
    14 november 2001 20:38:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi women have taken exception to the composition of the new transitional government, which granted them only three cabinet positions as against 23 for men. Full text...

  • Minister urges Burundian women to fight backward customs
    14 november 2001 12:50:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundian women are still reeling from the formation of a new transitional government in which only three ministries are headed by women compared to 23 assigned to their male counterparts. Full text...

  • Botswana gets fifth female cabinet minister
    08 november 2001 15:02:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The number of women in Botswana's cabinet rose to five Thursday when President Festus Mogae named Pelonomi Venson new minister of Works, Transport and Communication, replacing David Magang who resigned recently. Full text...

  • Women's lobby urges parties to field female candidates
    06 november 2001 15:24:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambia National Women's Lobby Group (ZNWLG) has appealed to opposition political parties to seriously consider women in their nomination of candidates for this year's local council, parliamentary and possibly presidential elections. Full text...

  • African women underline gender in poverty reduction
    05 november 2001 23:00:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A four-day meeting of the African Committee on Women and Development opened here Monday calling on African governments to give special attention to gender issues in preparation of poverty reduction strategies. Full text...

  • Algerian women acquiesce to unabated violence
    05 november 2001 21:12:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Violence against women in Algeria is unabated despite the country's socio-political development and a significant improvement in their status, advocates of women's rights have lamented. Full text...

  • Women economists form network
    05 november 2001 16:33:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Women from various countries have set up in Saly Portudal (seaside resort 70 km from Dakar) a women economists network, under the initiative of the Regional Bureau for French-speaking Africa and the Maghreb of the UN Fund for Women (UNIFEM). Full text...

  • Parliamentary forum advocates gender-sensitive policies
    03 november 2001 14:56:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The assistant secretary-general of the Inter-parliamentary Union, Christine Pinat, has enjoined MPs from some 15 Parliaments from French-, Portuguese- and Arabic-speaking countries in Africa to beef up their capacities for better involvement in the elaboration of national budgets. Full text...

  • Study shows women are poorer than men in Mauritius
    31 october 2001 22:44:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A study on the feminisation of poverty in Mauritius, released Wednesday revealed that female-headed households earn significantly less than those headed by men. Full text...

  • Malawi women go on air to articulate concerns
    31 october 2001 22:07:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Thanks to 'radio clubs' set up with financial assistance from donor agencies including UNESCO, USAID and Panos, women across Malawi have found a new vent on the country's air waves, to voice their concerns. Full text...

  • Central Africa women MPs meet in Angola
    28 october 2001 15:07:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Women MPs from Central Africa begin meeting Monday in Luanda, to discuss possibilities of setting up a regional network among them. Full text...

  • UNICEF urges Nigeria to pass child rights Bill
    26 october 2001 20:27:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- UNICEF's Deputy Country Representative Roger Wright, Friday urged Nigeria to pass into law the Bill on child rights, to create the necessary legal environment for the development and protection of children in the country. Full text...

  • Child bride rescued from forced marriage
    25 october 2001 22:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A young Maasai girl was Thursday rescued from a two-month forced marriage ordeal and taken to a boarding school where she will pursue education. Full text...

  • Female candidate unveils party manifesto
    25 october 2001 20:35:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Opposition Agenda for Zambia (AZ) Thursday unveiled its party manifesto with a strict focus on human resource development and education for all, the Zambia News Agency reported. Full text...

  • Media women launch plan against HIV/AIDS
    25 october 2001 17:16:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania's media women have teamed up with a host of local and foreign NGOs to halt the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country. Full text...

  • Namibia women demand gender balance in government
    22 october 2001 15:40:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Namibian Women's Manifesto Network is demanding equal representation of men and women in all government elective positions. Full text...

  • Activist urges more action against FGM
    22 october 2001 13:31:00
    Tambacounda- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese nationals, who are against Female genital mutilation (FGM) should spread the message to their compatriots living in France, a French woman activist, Emmanuelle Barbaras said in Tamabacounda, eastern Senegal at the weekend. Full text...

  • More communities abandon FGM in Senegal
    21 october 2001 16:01:00
    Malem Niani- Senegal (PANA) -- Some 101 villages in the Malem Niani rural community of Senegal's Tambacounda region on Saturday declared their abandonment of female genital mutilation (FGM). Full text...

  • Senegal unveils plan to eliminate FGM by 2005
    19 october 2001 15:42:00
    Tambacounda- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal, where at least one million women and girls are affected by female genital mutilation (FGM), according to corroborating sources, has just drafted a national plan for the eradication of FGM nationwide by 2005. Full text...

  • Namibian women reinforce equality campaign with pamphlet
    19 october 2001 12:57:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Namibian Women's Manifesto Network (NWMN) Thursday launched a pamphlet as part of its campaign to press for a 50/50 women and men representation in government, the Namibia News Agency (NAMPA) reported. Full text...

  • Experts evaluate women's empowerment projects
    19 october 2001 00:00:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Activists and experts from the southern African region are in Windhoek for a two-day seminar under the auspices of the Namibia National Association of Women in Business and the Foundation of Women's Forum in Sweden, to develop more accurate methods for evaluating empowerment projects. Full text...

  • Malian women give up FGM
    17 october 2001 22:24:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Women from about ten villages in the region of Kayes (about 500 km west of Bamako) last weekend decided to stop the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), health officials affirmed Wednesday. Full text...

  • Illiteracy high among rural women in DR Congo
    17 october 2001 19:16:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The illiteracy rate among rural women in DR Congo ranges between 22 and 85 percent, compared to 5 and 25 percent for men, Social and Family Welfare minister Jeanne Ebamba Boboto affirmed in Kinshasa, on the occasion of the International Rural Women's Day celebrated 15 October. Full text...

  • Gender commission head bails out
    16 october 2001 19:33:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Colleen Lowe Morna has resigned as chief executive officer of the Commission on Gender Equality (CGE) as part of an amicable agreement both parties declared to be a "victory for gender equality. Full text...

  • Gender inequality blamed for high rate of HIV/AIDS among women
    16 october 2001 19:29:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Health authorities in Tanzania have identified gender inequality and creeping poverty as prime causes for the high rate of HIV/AIDS cases among women in the country. Full text...

  • Over 80 percent of Burundi women live in rural areas
    15 october 2001 22:40:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Women account for 52 percent of Burundi's seven million inhabitants, with over 80 percent of them living in poor rural areas, Social and Women Affairs Minister Romaine Ndorimana has said. Full text...

  • ANC Women to discuss participation in Mbeki's MAP
    15 october 2001 15:09:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The African National Congress Women's League's (ANCWL) has announced that its national executive will hold an urgent meeting to discuss the participation of women in the Millennium Africa Recovery Plan and the New Africa Initiative. Full text...

  • SADC enhancing women's role in politics
    15 october 2001 14:20:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Women members of parliament from the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Monday started a one-week workshop in Lusaka to work out a strategy for enabling more women to be elected to parliaments of their countries. Full text...

  • Minister identifies obstacles to women in politics
    14 october 2001 16:13:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The participation of woman in local governance is dependent on the improvement of their daily living conditions, according to Senegalese Industry and Craft Minister, Landing Savane. Full text...

  • French-language school named after Miriam Makeba
    12 october 2001 10:50:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- World-renowned South African singer Miriam Makeba, on Thursday inaugurated a French-language primary school in Pretoria, named after her. Full text...

  • ANC women march into the African Century
    12 october 2001 07:52:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, president of the African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) Friday opens a four-day Nation Consultative Conference in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • President Ben Ali hails Franco-Tunisian ties
    11 october 2001 23:50:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali Thursday hailed the "excellent relations" between France and Tunisia as he appointed female lawyer Faiza Kefi ambassador to Paris, the Tunisian News Agency (TAP) reported. Full text...

  • Over 60 percent of African women are illiterate
    11 october 2001 17:55:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- More than 60 percent of African women are illiterate, an official from the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights affirmed in Brazzaville, Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria to host world summit on trafficking of women
    11 october 2001 17:12:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria would next year host a world summit on the trafficking of women and child labour, a top government official hinted Thursday. Full text...

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