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  • Losers cry racism over choice of Miss South Africa
    16 december 2001 14:15:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Just hours after Vanessa Carreira was crowned Miss South Africa 2001, other contestants complained of favouritism and racism. Full text...

  • Niger creates a watchdog to promote women
    14 december 2001 23:06:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger has set up a watchdog for the promotion of women's rights known as ONPF. Full text...

  • Kenya gets lobby group against boy-child abuse
    13 december 2001 19:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A lobby group to address abuses and other prejudices against the boy-child has been formed in Kenya, official sources said Thursday. Full text...

  • UNICEF demands more action against child exploitation
    12 december 2001 22:03:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Commercial sexual exploitation of children, one of the worst forms of child abuse, is raising concern around the world, but more particularly in developing countries, a new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), has indicated. Full text...

  • Malian couple gets French refugee status over female circumcision
    12 december 2001 20:35:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A Malian couple, that fled their country to save their grand daughter from female circumcision, obtained a refugee status in France Wednesday. Full text...

  • 10,000 pupils drop out yearly in Kenya due to pregnancy
    12 december 2001 18:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- About 10,000 girls become pregnant in Kenyan schools each year and have to abandon learning, a study by the Teenage Mothers Association of Kenya says. Full text...

  • Kenya Women to Sue Govt Over Affirmative Action
    08 december 2001 16:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A group of 21 women organisations have announced they were going to sue the Kenyan government over what they described as discrimination against them. Full text...

  • Namibian woman activist calls for equal representation
    06 december 2001 18:48:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A senior Namibian women activist has urged womenfolk in her country to strive for nomination to top positions now that President Sam Nujoma and Prime Minister Hage Geingob have announced their intention to step down at the end of their current terms of office. Full text...

  • Kenyan women advocate national movement
    06 december 2001 17:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan women Thursday proposed the setting up of a non-aligned national movement as a platform for campaigning for their rights. Full text...

  • Angolan women push for law against domestic violence
    06 december 2001 07:44:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Emilia Fernandes, secretary general of the Angolan chapter of Women's Network, has expressed the need for legislation against domestic violence which has become a major problem in the country. Full text...

  • Mauritian Premier urges greater gender equality
    05 december 2001 19:03:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth, Wednesday urged greater action in support of gender equality and the empowerment of women in the country. Full text...

  • Kenyans denounce MP for supporting FGM
    04 december 2001 22:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyans were outraged on Tuesday over the strong support a Member of Parliament expressed for female genital mutilation during a debate in Nairobi on Monday. Full text...

  • Conference advocates water access for African women
    04 december 2001 15:03:00
    Bonn- Germany (PANA) -- Women throughout the world should have the same access to water resources as men, participants at an international conference on fresh water urged Monday in Bonn. Full text...

  • Kenyan group launches anti-battery drive against women
    29 november 2001 22:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan women's pressure group has launched a 16-day campaign on violence against women in the country. Full text...

  • Lady editors want to improve women's plight in Congo (Feature)
    29 november 2001 21:00:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Contributing in the development of women through the press is the goal of four young female editors running the first Congolese monthly magazines devoted mainly to women's issues. Full text...

  • Former US VP urges empowerment of Nigerian woman
    29 november 2001 18:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Former US Vice President Al Gore canvassed Thursday in Lagos for the political and economic empowerment of women, saying this was essential for genuine human development. Full text...

  • ADF Approves Grant for Djibouti Women Advancement Project
    29 november 2001 16:33:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Abidjan-based African Development Fund (ADF) Thursday announced a $0. Full text...

  • Gender violence is falling in Libya (Feature)
    28 november 2001 23:36:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- "As both of you are lazy, I have decided to marry a third wife," Mohamad Maghrabi, then 55, told his two wives in 1960, after humiliating and battering them. Full text...

  • Bookings open for Miss South Africa pageant
    28 november 2001 17:35:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Bookings have opened at Computicket for the Miss South Africa Pageant 2001 scheduled 15 December in the North West province. Full text...

  • Minister says child defilement is rampant in Botswana
    27 november 2001 17:50:00
    Gaborone Botswana (PANA) -- Education Minister George Goroba Tuesday complained to parliament about the difficulty to deal with the increased cases of defilement of children, especially female pupils. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso's campaign against women violence underway
    27 november 2001 12:22:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso's chapter of the Women in Law and Development in Africa (WILDAF) on Sunday launched its annual campaign to combat violence against women. Full text...

  • Togolese NGOs protest sexual harassment of women
    26 november 2001 21:52:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- A group of Togolese NGOs Monday in Lome, launched a two-week campaign against sexual harassment of women in schools in the country. Full text...

  • Immigrant women in France suffer marital violence
    26 november 2001 20:57:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Every year several hundreds of immigrant women in France are victims of physical and emotional assault, the president of the Association of African Psychologists in France, Kabangu Muanza, observed Sunday in Paris. Full text...

  • Task force recommends top jobs quota for women
    26 november 2001 14:07:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A task force on discriminatory legislation against women has recommended that one-third of senior posts in the Mauritian public service be reserved for women. Full text...

  • Men protest against abuses against women, children
    26 november 2001 08:10:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Thousands of men marched through the streets of Cape Town on Sunday at the beginning of a 16-day campaign to protest against violence against women and children in South Africa. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean model wins African beauty contest
    25 november 2001 17:27:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Zimbabwean model Brita Masalethulini was crowned Miss Malaika (The African Angel) at a ceremony in South Africa's Sun City Saturday night. Full text...

  • 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...

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