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  • UNESCO launches HIV/AIDS media website
    09 march 2002 12:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Education Science and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), in conjunction with media women groups representatives from the east African region, Friday launched a website that would act as a data base and anchor reports on HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • First lady leads 40,000 Women's Day marchers in Cameroon
    08 march 2002 22:58:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's first lady Chantal Biya Friday celebrated International Women's Day ahead of a 40,000-strong group of marchers in Yaounde, the Cameroonian capital. Full text...

  • Women's Day spotlights plight of Egyptian women
    08 march 2002 22:41:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- On the occasion of International Women's Day, Amnesty International volunteer Wafa Attia Friday noted that rural women and others of poor descent in Egypt were yet to be sensitised to raise their voices and have a real say in society. Full text...

  • Poverty, AIDS top Tanzania's concerns on Women's Day
    08 march 2002 21:59:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Access to medication and increased funding for HIV/AIDS education and prevention measures dominated this year's commemoration of International Women's Day in Tanzania on Friday. Full text...

  • Paris to host exhibition on Women in War situations
    08 march 2002 21:45:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A Committee of French NGOs, is organising an exhibition next week in Paris on "Women in War," an official of the Committee said Friday. Full text...

  • Preparing a common law against forced marriages in Africa
    08 march 2002 21:34:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French government has just concluded consultations with its counterparts in French-speaking Africa for the institution of a "framework law common to French-speaking African countries and relative to the key child protection principles. Full text...

  • UNICEF to intensify action on women's empowerment in Senegal
    08 march 2002 20:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNICEF is stepping up measures for women's empowerment in Senegal, its Representative for Senegal and Cape Verde, Ian Hopwood, said Friday in Dakar. Full text...

  • Beninese women urged to integrate decision-making structures
    08 march 2002 20:43:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The US ambassador to Benin, Pamela E. Full text...

  • UN to involve women in peace processes
    08 march 2002 20:11:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Security Council Friday promised to bring women into the mainstream of conflict prevention and resolution, as well as post-conflict rehabilitation. Full text...

  • Botswana Minister disowns beauty contest
    08 march 2002 19:45:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana's Labour and Home Affairs Minister, Thebe Mogami has condemned a recent pageant organised for girls, saying it portrayed women as sex objects. Full text...

  • Tanzanian women call for end to poverty
    08 march 2002 19:30:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Women in Tanzania Friday celebrated the International Women's Day by calling on the government and international community to address the root causes of poverty, saying poverty has continued to deprive the women in the country their economic and cultural rights. Full text...

  • International Women's Day commemorated in South Africa
    08 march 2002 17:57:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Deputy Defence Minister, Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge Friday called for the mobilisation of women leaders and activists to strengthen the struggle for gender equality. Full text...

  • Forced marriages rampant among African communities in France
    08 march 2002 17:19:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Excessive reliance on legislation in reforming African traditions that suppress women could lead to undesirable effects, a Beninese lawyer based in Paris, Chantal Heunkpaten has cautioned. Full text...

  • Annan highlights critical issues on Women's Day
    08 march 2002 16:56:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- On the occasion of the International Women's Day, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan Friday drew world attention to gender issues requiring urgent attention, including high illiteracy among girls and women, and an alarming increase in the spread of HIV/AIDS among women. Full text...

  • Nigeria marks International Women's Day
    08 march 2002 16:35:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria Friday joined the rest of the world in observing the International Women's Day, amid questions about the tangible achievements of women in the country. Full text...

  • Malawi woman charged with murder of suspected maize thief
    08 march 2002 15:48:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Police in Malawi's southern District of Machinga have charged a lady traditional ruler to court over the death of a suspected maize thief. Full text...

  • Botswana women protest against violence
    08 march 2002 15:32:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Women in Botswana Friday marked the International Women's Day with a march denouncing increasing violence against women in the country. Full text...

  • UNESCO Launches HIV/AIDS Media Website
    08 march 2002 13:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UNESCO in conjunction with media women associations in eastern Africa Friday launched a website that will act as a data base and anchor reports on HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Rights Group Urges Kenya to Protect Women against Violence
    08 march 2002 13:05:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Amnesty International has called on the Kenyan government to reform its laws and practices to end impunity of persons committing violence against women. Full text...

  • Bouteflika hails struggle of Algerian women
    08 march 2002 11:33:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- As the world observes International Women's Day on Friday, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika paid a glowing tribute to female compatriots, and called for reflection on their struggle to develop the country. Full text...

  • Ghanaian women cry for protection amid rising violence
    07 march 2002 20:41:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian women are scared stiff and the public is outraged over increasing incidence of spouse killings. Full text...

  • South African team leaves for Women-in-Physics conference
    07 march 2002 20:16:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Three women scientists from South Africa left for Paris Thursday, to join more than 300 physicists invited from 65 countries to attend the International Conference on Women in Physics. Full text...

  • Kenyan women urged to mobilise against domestic violence
    07 march 2002 19:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya, (PANA) -- Kenyan NGO, Coalition of Women against Violence (COVAW), has urged women to actively engage in initiatives that curb domestic violence. Full text...

  • Five decades of struggle take Egyptian women nowhere
    07 march 2002 15:46:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- "Progress on the road to a better status for Egyptian women is still very slow,," Hind Wassef of the Cairo-based New Woman Research Centre told PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Ghanaian women cry for protection against murders
    06 march 2002 13:43:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian women are scared stiff and the public is outraged, and they have reasons. Full text...

  • First ladies urge common front for African women
    05 march 2002 15:03:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Five African first ladies who met at the weekend in the Libyan city of Sirte, 450-km east of Tripoli, have advocated the creation of an umbrella group for various African women organisations. Full text...

  • Zambian women rehearsal for international day
    05 march 2002 10:52:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian women were on Tuesday fine-tuning preparations for Friday's international women's day, the first to be held since President Levy Mwanawasa succeeded Fredrick Chiluba following the 27 December 2001 election. Full text...

  • Nigerian NGO rallies African First Ladies on Women's cause
    03 march 2002 16:57:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Five African first ladies Saturday began a meeting at the Libyan city of Sirte, 450-km east of Tripoli, on how to advance the cause of women on the continent. Full text...

  • Campaign launched to end violence against Congolese women
    02 march 2002 17:08:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Congo's National Development Committee, a women's NGO, on Friday launched Friday a campaign aimed at curbing the violence being perpetrated against women in the current war context. Full text...

  • Tanzania Media to Intensify Fight Against AIDS
    02 march 2002 13:28:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The media in Tanzania has reinstated its commitment to intensify the fight against AIDS that continues to ravage the east African country. Full text...

  • 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...

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