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  • Three African First Ladies arrive in Sirte
    01 march 2002 23:40:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The first ladies of Ghana, Senegal And Rwanda arrived Friday evening in Sirte, 450 km east of Tripoli to attend the second African Women's summit Saturday and Sunday. Full text...

  • Zambia's First Lady contemplates charity organisation
    01 march 2002 15:59:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia First Lady Maureen Mwanawasa is considering forming a charitable organisation that would look after neglected senior citizens and deprived families, as well as children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Mauritanian society breaks with bride fattening
    28 february 2002 16:38:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Bride fattening, a practice in Maure society that consisted in "force-feeding" a young girl before she reached puberty, so as to make her plump and attractive to potential suitors, has completely disappeared in Mauritania. Full text...

  • Benin to honour outstanding women 8 March
    28 february 2002 09:24:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Twenty-six Benin women from various walks of life are to be honoured 8 March as part of celebrations marking the International Women's Day, the organisers have announced in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Libya to host African First Ladies' summit
    27 february 2002 20:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Preparations are under way in Tripoli, Libya, for a summit of African First Ladies scheduled to precede the upcoming meeting of Sahara-Sahelian Community (CEN-SAD) leaders. Full text...

  • Women rally against civil war in Algeria
    27 february 2002 13:43:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Several dozens of Algerian and French women rallied throughout France under the auspices of a movement dubbed "Flames for Algeria" to protest against the civil war raging in Algeria. Full text...

  • Zambia UNHCR office hints of special attention to female refugees
    23 february 2002 16:26:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- After intense lobbying for greater gender awareness and recognition, the resilience of women across the world is now under international spotlight with the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) saying it will accord them special focus this year. Full text...

  • Forum Advocates Transformation of Nigerian Women
    22 february 2002 15:59:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Ahead of the general polls in Nigeria in 2003, a multi-sectoral forum has advocated a revolutionary transformation of women in the country. Full text...

  • South African delegation to attend Women-in-Physics conference
    21 february 2002 21:34:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Three women scientists from South Africa are set to attend next month's international conference on Women in Physics, to hold in Paris, France. Full text...

  • Zambian women hope for a gender responsive budget
    19 february 2002 19:39:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- As Zambians gear up for the 2002 fiscal budget, to be unveiled by finance and national planning minister Emmanuel Kasonde next week, gender activists said they hoped they presentation would not overlook vulnerable women. Full text...

  • Controversy Trails Bill On Women's Rights in Nigeria
    09 february 2002 18:47:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A Bill seeking to repeal harmful and dehumanising traditional practices against women has sparked a heated debate among legislators in Nigeria's south-eastern Rivers State. Full text...

  • Presidential hopeful slams carpet crossing in Sierra Leone
    06 february 2002 19:53:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Female presidential aspirant Zainab Bangura has lashed out at fellow politicians who desert their parties to join the ruling Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) ahead of the upcoming elections. Full text...

  • Businesswomen discuss elimination of trade barriers
    06 february 2002 14:52:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- African and US business women are meeting in Botswana to assert their role in the global economy and explore ways to remove constraints against international trade. Full text...

  • Women graduate from ECA Networking Academy
    01 february 2002 22:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Twenty-six women from 16 English -speaking African countries have graduated from the Cisco Internet Networking Academy after 280 hours of training at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe women pressure groups up in arms over virginity tests
    31 january 2002 16:21:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Women pressure groups in Zimbabwe were up in arms Thursday with a growing practice in the country of carrying out virginity tests on young girls as part of efforts to combat HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Benin government aids women's initiatives
    31 january 2002 12:20:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The government of Benin has disbursed 100 million francs CFA and equipment to 263 women's groupings across the country, State Radio announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • Pro-abortion movement launched in Mauritius
    30 january 2002 13:55:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A movement referred to as "Pro- Choice" has been launched in Mauritius to campaign for women to be given the right to decide whether to abort or not. Full text...

  • Kenyan NGO uses cows to lure FGM surgeons off trade
    28 january 2002 17:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A local NGO has devised a pastoral scheme to lure practising women off female genital mutilation (FGM), popular among some Kenyan communities as an initiation rite into womanhood. Full text...

  • US-based NGO launches gender documentary on Sierra Leone
    26 january 2002 21:52:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A New York-based women and children's right NGO dubbed Witness, has launched a video documentary depicting rape as a weapon of war in Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Kenyan Women Root For Foreign Husbands
    24 january 2002 08:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Tired of seeking visas for their non- resident husbands, Kenyan women are demanding dual citizenship, a right they insist should be entrenched in the constitution in recognition of the increasing number of children from mixed marriages. Full text...

  • Outrage as South African rape suspects walk free
    18 january 2002 22:54:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African opposition parties have raised a outcry after Thursday's dropping of charges against six men arrested on suspicion of raping a nine month old baby in the Northern Cape last October. Full text...

  • 20 Benin FGM practitioners drop knives
    18 january 2002 09:36:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Twenty Benin women involved in female genital mutilation (FGM) in Kalale district in north-eastern Benin undertook to give up their trade at a ceremony organised last week to present them with materials for alternative sources of income. Full text...

  • Zambian women to demonstrate against unruly party youths
    17 january 2002 09:15:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian women will on Friday mount a big demonstration in Lusaka against police bias and the stripping of women earlier this week by unruly youths believed to belong to the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy party. Full text...

  • British Council trains Sierra Leonean women in governance
    14 january 2002 20:58:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- British Council director in Sierra Leone Rajiv Bendre has expressed concern over the lack of opportunities for women to play their part fully in the running of the country. Full text...

  • Kinshasa NGO advocates girls' rights
    12 january 2002 18:36:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A movement grouping a dozen Protestant communities in DR Congo and dubbed 'Women, Source of Abundance' (FEBA), Thursday organised an awareness campaign on the rights of girls. Full text...

  • South African police sergeant nabbed for rape
    10 january 2002 18:06:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA -- South African Sergeant Adrian Stuurman from the Claremont Police Station in Cape Town was this week arrested and charged with one count of rape, two years after sex workers laid complaints against him. ) Full text...

  • Woman contractor lands lucrative project in South Africa
    10 january 2002 15:43:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Department of Public Works this week handed over a construction project for 2. Full text...

  • Women in Mauritius seek changes in matrimonial laws
    09 january 2002 14:08:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Women in Mauritius have launched a campaign for changes in matrimonial and allied laws that are biased against women in the country. Full text...

  • Niger's poverty reduction scheme reaches out to women's groups
    07 january 2002 22:19:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Some 263 rural women's credit groups in Niger have received grants from the Zinder district poverty alleviation agency, local press reports indicated at the weekend. Full text...

  • FMG rate in Benin estimated at 12 percent in 2001
    05 january 2002 10:37:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The rate of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Benin stood at about 12 percent in 2001, a sociological and demographic study has revealed in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Mauritius supports women's equality in national budget
    03 january 2002 12:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- With the support of Prime Minister Aneerood Jugnauth, Mauritius is ensuring that women's equality is reflected in the national budget and economic policies, according to the UN Development Programme. Full text...

  • Senghor stood for women's rights
    27 december 2001 15:51:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese associations for the defence of women's rights are of the view that the late Leopold Sedar was at the centre of women's liberation. Full text...

  • Reunion women more and more active, says report
    26 december 2001 23:08:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- More and more women in Reunion are seeking jobs, according to the National Institute Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE), which explained the trend on a craving for independence. Full text...

  • Migration of West African women overseas on the rise
    26 december 2001 22:16:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Migration in West Africa, which has been the preserve of men for a long time, is now increasingly including women, Senegalese sociologist Abdou Salam Fall has said in Dakar. Full text...

  • President Taylor denies beating ill wife
    26 december 2001 16:08:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor has denied rumours that he mercilessly flogged the First Lady, Jewel, now in the United States on a medical trip, press reports said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Organisation opposes abortion legalisation in Mauritius
    25 december 2001 18:52:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius Pro-life Committee, a grouping of non-governmental and social-cultural organisations, announced Tuesday plans to launch of an awareness campaign against the legalisation of abortion. Full text...

  • Tanzania out of pace with world child survival targets
    23 december 2001 16:09:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- More than a decade since the UN placed issues concerning children on the front burner, Tanzania is faced with worsening infant and child mortality rates. Full text...

  • DR Congo women urged to join bandwagon of peace
    21 december 2001 08:29:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- One-time Liberian leader Ruth Perry has cautioned Congolese women against adopting a passive attitude towards the conduct of national affairs, urging them to contribute actively to the search for peace in DR Congo. Full text...

  • Women activists urge ECOWAS leaders to end violence
    19 december 2001 20:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Representatives of the Mano River Union Women for Peace Network (MARWOPNET) Wednesday appealed to ECOWAS leaders to quickly resolve lingering conflicts within the three member countries of the Union. Full text...

  • Kenya's night girls in limelight
    19 december 2001 14:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In the facade of the ember street lights, stands two teenage girls scantily dressed in micro-skirts and in total defiance of the cold December breeze hitting Nairobi these days. Full text...

  • Mauritius to scrap laws discriminating women
    18 december 2001 22:16:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Women Rights ministry in Mauritius would examine recommendations of the Task Force on women in order to promulgate acts ensuring conformity with the provisions of the Convention for the elimination of laws discriminatory against women, Prime minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth said Tuesday in Port Louis. Full text...

  • 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...

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