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  • Conference discusses role of women in decision-making
    26 july 2001 14:11:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Parliament Thursday convened a two-day conference on "Enhancing the Participation of Women in the Law Making Process". Full text...

  • Mauritania makes education compulsory for girls
    26 july 2001 09:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Mauritanian government, in collaboration with the United Nations, has decided to make primary education compulsory in the country in a bid to improve education for girls. Full text...

  • About 280 women were raped during conflict in Dolisie
    25 july 2001 14:36:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- At least 280 women were raped in southern Congo's Dolisie during the armed conflict involving government forces and rebels between January and October 1999, says a study by the Congolese Reproductive Health Service. Full text...

  • Study says males edge 1.2 percent over females in Sudan
    21 july 2001 13:40:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A new study shows that the population of males is 1. Full text...

  • Moi University refuses to register male group
    20 july 2001 14:59:00
    NAIROBI- Kenya (PANA) -- An organisation set up by male students at Kenya's Moi University in Eldoret, 432 km west of the capital Nairobi, has been denied registration because its name is offensive. Full text...

  • Congolese women demand role in national dialogue
    19 july 2001 22:05:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Women, who constitute 52 percent of the population in the Democratic Republic of Congo have complained of being side-lined in the forthcoming national dialogue. Full text...

  • Workshop discusses trafficking of women
    19 july 2001 15:10:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A workshop highlighting national and international instruments against the trafficking and exploitation of women and children is afoot in Bamako, Mali at the behest of the African Coalition against the Traficking of Women (ACTW). Full text...

  • Seminar seeks to integrate women in development
    18 july 2001 21:25:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- An international seminar focussing essentially on "Gender, population and development in Africa", entered its second day Wednesday in Abidjan with an aim to specify the role of women and their integration in society. Full text...

  • Governor wants more women at decision levels
    18 july 2001 11:41:00
    Oshakati- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia's Oshana regional governor Clemens Kashuupulwa has spoken out against poor representation of women in decision-making bodies, charging that it was an unfair practice that needed revision. Full text...

  • Namibia reports increase in domestic violence
    14 july 2001 15:19:00
    Keetmanshoop- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia's Keetmanshoop Women and Child Protection Unit (WCPU) says it received 24 complaints of violence against adult women and 12 against minors during the first half of this year. Full text...

  • President Kabbah's female driver charms OAU delegates
    11 july 2001 11:00:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Women are better on the wheels, the saying goes, but their genre has hardly featured among the world's renowned chauffeurs. Full text...

  • Namibian women launch training for single mothers
    10 july 2001 22:33:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia's Businesswomen's Club Tuesday paved the way to support for women on the business trail. Full text...

  • Finalists Compete for Businesswoman of the Year Award
    10 july 2001 13:46:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A list of finalists for the 2001 Businesswoman of the Year contest was announced Monday by the Businesswomen's Association (BWA), organisers of the most prestigious award for women achievers in South Africa. Full text...

  • 15 girls receive IT training
    09 july 2001 21:39:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Fifteen female pupils began a three-day computer training in Windhoek Monday jointly organised by the Forum for African Women Educationists in Namibia (FAWENA) and the Information Technology Learning Academy (ITLA). Full text...

  • Women pressure groups take rights issue to OAU summit
    07 july 2001 17:15:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- African leaders who cite human rights charters ratified by their parliaments as key achievements in advancing the status of women should be advised to reconsider their policies. Full text...

  • Paper questions dismissal of rape case
    03 july 2001 14:05:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The Director of Public Prosecutions is facing public criticism from the media after his office entered a "nolle prosequi" in court to withdraw a case against a prominent businessman accused of raping a university student. Full text...

  • Women Education Centre opens in Ouagadougou
    03 july 2001 11:13:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A UNESCO-sponsored International Centre for the Education of Girls and Women in Africa (CIEFFA), opened Monday in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • UNICEF urges Africa to keep accurate data on children
    29 june 2001 18:10:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The lack of accurate data on children in Africa poses problems for UNICEF to plan for their welfare, a demographer at UNICEF headquarters in New York, Edilberto Loaiza warned Friday in Banjul. Full text...

  • Underground water raises hope in northern Senegal
    28 june 2001 22:43:00
    Mekhe- Senegal (PANA) -- The pumping of underground water has raised morale among Keur Gora villagers in the northern Senegalese district of Mekhe, under threat of desertification. Full text...

  • Pregnancies, drop out rate declines in Senegalese schools
    25 june 2001 19:19:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Some six years after Family Life Education (FLE) clubs were introduced in the country, social welfare authorities in Senegal's Tamabacounda region have reported a marked decrease in the number of pregnancies among school girls as well as the drop out rate. Full text...

  • Experts want science education for girls prioritised
    23 june 2001 14:35:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Participants from 20 African countries attending a week-long African Congress on Girls' Science Education is urging governments to include gender issues in their schools' science, technology and mathematics syllabuses. Full text...

  • Women believed crucial to success of African Renaissance
    20 june 2001 09:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- South Africa's Foreign Affairs minister Nkosasana Dlamini-Zuma has averred that unless women were part of the endeavour, there can be no African Recovery unless women. Full text...

  • Senegalese women challenge paternal authority
    20 june 2001 08:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Women of the Democratic Union of Teachers (UDEN) in Senegal have circulated a petition questioning the dominant right of the husband over children born to wedded couples. Full text...

  • African women prepare for world conference against racism
    19 june 2001 23:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal is committed to fighting against any form of intolerance towards women, the country's Minister for Social Development and National Solidarity, Aminata Tall, said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • African women convene in Dakar
    19 june 2001 20:49:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African foreign minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will this week address a meeting of Femmes Africa Solidarité - the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa - and the African Women Committee on Peace and Development Consultation in Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • Namibian businesswomen slate conference for August
    19 june 2001 15:10:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A conference seeking the empowerment of rural women in Namibia through training in skills that would render them independent and professional has been slated for 16-17 August in Ongwediva. Full text...

  • UNESCO still sees education biased against girls
    18 june 2001 22:56:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- UNESCO has expressed concern that many education systems still remained systematically biased against girls so much that the negative attitudes and experiences are being reflected in the generally low attainment and achievement levels for girls as compared to boys. Full text...

  • African women plan to seek political hearing in Lusaka
    14 june 2001 11:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- African women say they plan to make a debut in regional and continental politics at the forthcoming summit of African leaders in Lusaka, Zambia. Full text...

  • Women Seek Legislation Against Marital Rape
    11 june 2001 16:00:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Women activists in Malawi are pressing for enactment of a law that would make marital rape a criminal offence. Full text...

  • Muslim women against Mali's new family code
    10 june 2001 16:57:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The National Union of the Associations of Muslim Women in Africa (UNAFEM) has criticised a controversial new marriage and family code proposed by the Malian Women Advancement Ministry. Full text...

  • Pressure groups want law against female circumcision
    06 june 2001 17:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Efforts at stopping Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Kenya may not succeed without a law against the practice, pressure groups have argued. Full text...

  • Benin pupils depict violence on women
    06 june 2001 12:49:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Benin section of the Association of Women in Law and Development (WILDAF), an organisation defending women's rights, would Wednesday in Cotonou reward some 36 school pupils who through drawings depicted violence against women and girls. Full text...

  • Female pilot gets top aviation post
    31 may 2001 09:42:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The empowerment of women, particularly black women, remains a priority for the South African government, transport minister Dullah Omar said following the appointment of Sakhile Nyoni as new general manager of operations for the South Africa Civil Aviation Authority. Full text...

  • 93 women among 3,600 detained in Abidjan prisons
    30 may 2001 16:33:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- There are some 93 women including 13 teenagers among 3,600 prisoners currently detained in the Abidjan Prison, the ruling Ivorian Popular Front-run newspaper, Notre Voie reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Burundi women still marginalised in many aspects
    30 may 2001 16:03:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- An official at Burundi's Ministry of Social Action and Women Affairs has called for efforts to increase the representation of women in the country's decision-making bodies. Full text...

  • African women in business meet
    29 may 2001 14:33:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- African women entrepreneurs from 12 countries have gathered in Cotonou for a three-day brainstorming on achievements and prospects of female-owned business in Africa. Full text...

  • SADC Ministers Underscore Advancement for Women
    26 may 2001 16:18:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Ministers responsible for women's affairs and gender in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) have expressed concern at the resistance shown by some member states to include more women in decision-making roles. Full text...

  • Women conditions deteriorate in SADC countries
    24 may 2001 20:21:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- When Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders met in Blantyre, Malawi, in 1997 they agreed on the promotion of gender equality as one of their "highest goals. Full text...

  • Call for legalisation of prostitution
    17 may 2001 16:31:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Deputy Chairperson of the Namibian National Council Margaret Mensah Thursday stirred a hornet's nest in the male-dominated House of Review when she proposed the legalisation of prostitution in the country. Full text...

  • Liberia recording weird rape cases
    17 may 2001 14:55:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia's justice ministry announced that rape topped criminal cases in 2000, but the weird nature of rape cases may be even more scaring. Full text...

  • Move to boost children's rights in the media
    15 may 2001 23:08:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa has embarked on measures to enhance the rights of children as enshrined under the country's constitution. Full text...

  • Niger sets heavy penalties against FGM
    15 may 2001 15:13:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The government of Niger has set heavy penalties of six months to three years imprisonment for persons found guilty of practising female genital mutilation, according to a revised criminal code draft. Full text...

  • African women entrepreneurs to meet in Cotonou
    14 may 2001 15:04:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The first international summit on women entrepreneurship in Africa is scheduled to be held in Cotonou from 30 May to 1 June on the theme "women entrepreneurs in Africa : achievements and perspectives. Full text...

  • World-wide advocacy campaign for children underway
    10 may 2001 07:56:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- "Say Yes To Children" is the slogan of the world-wide campaign UNICEF recently launched for the children of the world. Full text...

  • Public urged to combat maternal deaths
    09 may 2001 21:19:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- African first ladies concluded a two- day forum in Bamako Tuesday with a call to involve all actors in efforts to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality. Full text...

  • African first ladies back Palestinian struggle
    09 may 2001 20:44:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- First ladies from several west and central African states have strongly condemned the ongoing violence and humiliation against Palestinians particularly women, children and the elderly. Full text...

  • Malian First Lady pleas for parturient and new-borns
    07 may 2001 22:55:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian First Lady, Adame Ba Konare, Monday emphasised the urgent need to sharply reduce neonatal and maternal mortality in Africa. Full text...

  • Mauritian men violent at home
    03 may 2001 15:05:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A survey by a Mauritian non-governmental organisation, SOS Women, has revealed that eight out of 10 Mauritian women are battered by their husbands. Full text...

  • Judge lets rapist off the hook
    03 may 2001 13:46:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- In a second case of its kind within a week, a South African judge has questioned whether a child rape victim knows what it means to speak the truth under oath. Full text...

  • Student delivers baby during exam session
    01 may 2001 15:58:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A Sudanese student recently interrupted writing her secondary school certificate examinations to deliver a healthy baby boy at a hospital before returning to the school to complete her examinations, press reports said Tuesday. Full text...

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