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Women’s day in Senegal marked

Posted by African Press International on March 8, 2007

Dakar (Senegal) The celebration of the International Women’s Day, this Thursday, on the theme “Ending impunity for violence against women and girls” once again gives an opportunity to denounce the inequalities which handicap women in their daily lives.

The day originated with the demonstrations of women demanding better working conditions and the right to vote, at the beginning of the 20 th century in Europe and the United States.

The United Nations officially declared the International Women’s Day in 1977.

“The fight against violence against women in Africa calls for action and breaking the silence without delay,” Cecile Mukarubuga, regional director of the United Nations Funds for Women (UNIFEM), said here.

“The community must be sensitized and empowered on the violation of human rights such as the violence against women and girls,” she noted in an interview with APA, on the eve of the celebrations.

According to Mukarubuga, a plea should be made at all levels, not only at the attackers’ level so that they “understand that violence is not a normal and legitimate action,” but also at civil society level for it to “make sure that the states enforce the conventions they signed to stop violence and discrimination”.

In his speech for the 8th March celebrations, the new United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, said “violence against women is the most common offence but the least punished in the world”.

According to Ban Ki Moon, this year’s theme was chosen because this phenomenon “remains a devastating reality all over the world.”

“Family violence is the most common violence against women,” the UN boss said, furthermore stating that “most societies prohibit this violence and yet in reality it is too often concealed or tacitly admitted.”

Since the beginning of the present century, women are increasingly conquering power.

In Africa, this search for women’s emancipation is illustrated by the election in 2005 of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Liberia, as the first elected woman head of state of an African country. In Mozambique, a woman was appointed Prime Minister.

The African fair sex also has four vice-presidents (The Gambia, Zimbabwe, Burundi and South Africa).

World women’s associations highly welcomed the appointment of the current deputy UN Secretary-General, Tanzanian national Asha-Rose Migiro, seeing in this step the apotheosis of their fight for more equality, less discrimination and violence.

The African Union (AU) joined the promotion of the African woman by introducing the equality between men and women within its decision-making bodies.

 

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Kibaki’s wife accused of persistency in attacking Kalonzo

Posted by African Press International on March 8, 2007

*”First Lady Lucy Kibaki has been accused of persistently singling out ODM Kenya presidential aspirant Kalonzo Musyoka for attacks.

The former minister was not the only one to question the performance of President Kibaki’s administration, Mr Musyoka’s secretariat said yesterday in his defence.

In a statement signed by Mr Musa Chepkwony, the secretariat said a number of leaders, Health minister Charity Ngilu being the latest, had stated that the Government had failed to deliver on its pledges.

“The unfulfilled pre-election pledges have been discussed in public for long by many politicians… It is therefore surprising that Mrs Kibaki should single out Hon Kalonzo Musyoka for a viscious attack with regard to a widely debated issue,” he said.

No grudge

Mr Musyoka, the Mwingi North MP, had no personal grudge against President Kibaki as claimed by the First Lady, Mr Chepkwony said. 

His criticism, he added, was based on how the President had endeavoured to meet the needs of Kenyans.

“Hon Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka has nothing personal against President Mwai Kibaki. What Hon Kalonzo Musyoka did was to observe that the President has betrayed the aspiration of Kenyans who elected him in 2002,” he said.

The secretariat was responding to Mrs Kibaki’s contention on Tuesday that the ODM-K presidential aspirant had a personal vendetta against the President. 

The First Lady stated that Mr Musyoka’s criticism of the Government was “a product of a deliberate hate campaign designed to discredit the President and his government”.

Added the First Lady: “ Today, the economy has registered remarkable growth.”

But yesterday, Mr Chepkwony said the 5.8 per cent economic growth had not benefited the common man.”*

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Former president Moi of Kenya praised by US envoy

Posted by African Press International on March 8, 2007

*”The US Ambassador to Kenya, Mr Michael Ranneberger, has praised former President Moi for the smooth transition in 2002.

He said Moi was highly respected in Washington. Ranneberger was speaking when he visited Moi at the former president’s home at Kabarnet Gardens, Nairobi, on Wednesday morning.

“We exchanged views on a wide range of issues concerning what is happening in the region, especially in Somalia and Sudan,” said Ranneberger.

He said they also talked about the good relationship between Kenya and the United States and other development issues. Moi said they also dealt with a wide range of issues on the African continent.

“There is need for peace on the continent and that is one area that we also dealt with,” said Moi.

He said Kenya should continue with its involvement in bringing lasting peace to Somalia.

“The African Union has undertaken that responsibility and Kenya being a member, it is only prudent that it plays a role to ensure that there is peace in the neighbouring country,” said Moi.

Meanwhile, the US embassy said it always ensured that the Government was informed of any security alerts issued by the United States.

The envoy denied allegations by the Government that the latest alert was issued through the international press.

“We have an excellent relationship with the Government and we do keep them informed,” said Ranneberger.

He said the security alerts were not new because there were similar alerts involving 40 countries.

“They have been raised whenever there is danger of a potential threat of terrorism and severe crime,” said Ranneberger.”*

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ODM-Kenya leaders intended rush to the former colonial masters now cancels the trip fearing the electorate might drope them

Posted by African Press International on March 8, 2007

*”Four ODM-Kenya presidential aspirants have opted out of the party’s talks in
London.
Kalonzo Musyoka, Uhuru Kenyatta, William Ruto and Julia Ojiambo were among ODM-Kenya leaders who were scheduled to leave for a four-day trip to London tonight.

Other leaders who were supposed to travel to the UK include presidential aspirants Najib Balala, Joseph Nyagah and Nazlin Omar. They were to be joined by Lang’ata MP Raila Odinga, who is on a tour of the United States.

In a statement, the leaders said the debate over the trip had been hijacked by “those with ulterior motives to paint our party in bad light”.

 “We would like to state categorically that ODM leadership were invited by our brethren residing in the UK to go there and share with them our plan and agenda for the future of this country. They also wanted us to inform them as Kenyans, what role they can play in that future,” the statement said.  Bonding session to iron out differences

ODM-Kenya team leader Mutula Kilonzo had said the meeting was organised by the party’s committee in the UK, to enable the aspirants meet their supporters, potential investors and British politicians.

The trip was also supposed to be a bonding session to iron out differences that are threatening to split the party ahead of the nomination of a presidential flag bearer.

The meeting was to be held at Oakington Manor School Hall, Wembley, Middlesex. Ten British MPs and other British civic leaders, especially from the main opposition Conservative Party, had confirmed attendance.

 Another presidential aspirant, former Vice-President Mr Musalia Mudavadi, on Sunday said he would not make the trip, citing local political engagements.

In the statement, the leaders said the party’s flag bearer will be decided by ODM–K members in Kenya. They said their decision was influenced by the heated debate among Kenyans concerning the trip.

“The present debate has clouded this issue and made Kenyans very suspicious of our motive questioning the reason for our travel there,” said the statement.”* 

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The poem of the month

Posted by African Press International on March 8, 2007

The Dreams of “ngege”
You are in love. It taints your food with
A hint of coffee and fills your dreams with green
Mountainsides. You have seen what beauty is
And knew it when she danced in the rain.
You have heard music in the sunrise and learned
That time is never enough as you held her hand.
You felt the butterflies in your stomach when
She entered the room. You felt the lion
Tear at your intestines when she boarded that
Plane in Savannah. And you felt the sky fall
When you saw it leave the ground and knew
That she would not come running down the
Terminal and kiss you once more.
You have built yourself, your world, by
Yourself entirely. You have been destroyed
By love, and you have stooped to rebuild
Yourself once more with only broken tools.
She loves you for the things that you have
Done, and you love her, that she does pity
Them. Together,

your witches live in a dream.

Stephen Balkcim

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Jokes corner

Posted by African Press International on March 8, 2007

Q. When does a job get complete in Government?
A. When it can no longer be postponed.

By Ira ndunda

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Questions and answers as the engineers travel

Posted by African Press International on March 8, 2007

Three engineers and three accountants were traveling by train to a conference. At the station, the three accountants each bought tickets and watched as the three engineers bought only one ticket.

“How are three people going to travel on only one ticket?” asked an accountant.
“Watch and you’ll see”, answered an engineer.
They all boarded the train. The accountants took their respective seats, but the three engineers all crammed into a rest room and closed the door behind them.

Shortly after the train departed, the conductor came around collecting tickets. He knocked on the restroom door and said, “Ticket, please”.
The door opened just a crack and a single arm emerged with a ticket in hand.
The conductor took it and moved on.
The accountants saw this and agreed it was a quite clever idea.

So, after the conference, the accountants decide to copy the engineers on the return trip and save some money (being clever with money, and all that).

When they got to the station, they bought a single ticket for the return trip. To their astonishment, the engineers didn’t buy a ticket at all.
“How are you going to ride without a ticket”? said one perplexed accountant.

“Watch and you’ll see”, answered an engineer.
When they boarded the train, the three accountants crammed into a restroom and the three engineers crammed into another one nearby.

The train departed. Shortly afterward, one of the engineers left his restroom and walked over to the restroom where the accountants were hiding. He knocked on the door and said, “Ticket, please.”

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African rankings in football

Posted by African Press International on March 8, 2007

African Rankings in football- February 2007
 (world rankings in brackets)

1. Cameroon (17)
2. Ivory Coast (21)
3. Ghana (22)
4. Mali (35)
5. Nigeria (36)
6. Senegal (38)
7. Egypt (42)
8. Morocco (43)
9. Tunisia (45)
10. Burkina Faso (57)
11. Angola (58)
12. South Africa (59)
13. Guinea (62)
14. Zambia (65)
15. Togo (69)
16. Cape Verde Islands (78)
17. Algeria (80)
18. Congo DR (82)
19. Ethiopia (91)
20. Congo (93)
21. Zimbabwe (94)
22. Libya (97)
23. Gabon (99)
24. Uganda (102)
25. Malawi (103)
26. Botswana (105)
27. Equatorial Guinea (107)
28. Tanzania (109)
29. Liberia (112)
29. Sudan (112)
31. Benin (116)
32. Burundi (117)
33. Rwanda (120)
34. Mauritania (121)
35. Namibia (122)
36. Kenya (127)
37. Mozambique (131)
38. Seychelles (132)
39. Gambia (134)
40. Eritrea (140)
41. Mauritius (142)
42. Chad (144)
43. Niger (149)
44. Sierra Leone (151)
44. Swaziland (151)
46. Lesotho (161)
47. Central African Republic (182)
48. Madagascar (185)
49. Comoros (187)
50. Guinea-Bissau (193)
51. Somalia (194)
52. Djibouti (199)
52. Sao Tome e Principe (199)

liften /source bbc
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Drogba wins African player award

Posted by African Press International on March 8, 2007

Drogba is the first Ivory Coast player to win the award
Chelsea and Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba has been named the 2006 Caf African Footballer of the Year.
It is the first time Drogba has won the award and, in edging out Samuel Eto’o, he denied Barcelona’s Cameroon striker a record fourth-successive award.

Another Chelsea player, Ghana’s Michael Essien, finished third.

Drogba, 28, captained his country to the 2006 African Nations Cup final and played at the World Cup finals as well as helping Chelsea win the Premiership.

“It is a great honour to be recognised,” Drogba said. “I feel an indescribable joy and it’s also a reward for all the sacrifices I have made in the past.”

His success comes four days after he scored twice for Chelsea to help them beat Arsenal in the Carling Cup final.

Drogba polled 79 votes in the poll of Africa’s 53 national team coaches, ahead of Eto’o with 74 and Essien’s 36.

Eto’o had pipped Drogba to the 2005 award by two votes in the closest race in the award’s 36-year history, with Essien again third.

But the tables were turned this year and Drogba becomes only the third English-based footballer to win the award after Nwankwo Kanu, then of Arsenal, in 1999 and Senegal’s El Hadji Diouf, who was with Liverpool when he took the title in 2002.

Arsenal defenders Emmanuel Eboue and Kolo Toure and Tottenham midfielder Didier Zokora, both Ivory Coast internationals, were named in the 2006 Team of the Year with Chelsea rivals Drogba and Essien the other Premiership stars to feature.

Meanwhile, Marseille defender Taye Taiwo was named Young Player of the Year while Ghana won the Team of the Year award.

Egyptian side Ahly were Club of the Year after defending their African Champions League title and their coach Manuel Jose won the Coach of the Year category.

African club competition Player of the Year was midfielder Mohamed Aboutrika, also of Ahly while Nigeria’s Cynthia Uwak was Women’s Footballer of the Year.

 
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Sporting events worth remembering

Posted by African Press International on March 8, 2007

Here are some of the dates we should remember in 2007.

Is there a place in oslo where soccer lovers from Africa can meet on these days and share in the name of sport a cols one as we see the skjerm? Have any suggestions in oslo leta?

African football dates 
Please note that all dates are subject to change.
March:

9-11: All-Africa Games second round, second legs
9-11: Olympic Games women’s first round
11-25: African under-17 championship, Togo
13: South Africa v Swaziland, Johannesburg
16-18: Champions League, Confederation Cup second round, second legs
23-25: African Nations Cup qualifiers
23-25: Olympic Games men’s second round

April:

6-8: Champions League, Confederation Cup third round, first legs
20-22: Champions League, Confederation Cup third round, second legs

May:

4-6:Confederation Cup fourth round, first legs
18-20: Confederation Cup fourth round, second legs
29-31: Fifa Congress, Zurich

June:

1-3: African Nations Cup qualifiers
1-3: Olympic Games men’s group matches
1-3: Olympic Games women’s second round, first legs
15-17: African Nations Cup qualifiers
15-17: Olympic Games women’s second round, second legs
22-24: Champions League group phase, first round

July:

1-22: Fifa World Youth finals (under-20), Canada
6-8: Champions League group phase, 2nd round
20-22: Champions League group phase, 3rd round
20-22: Confederation Cup group phase, first round
27-29: Olympic Games women’s group matches

August:

3-5:Champions League group phase, fourth round
3-5: Confederation Cup group phase, second round
10-12: Olympic Games women’s group matches
17-19: Champions League group phase, fifth round
17-19: Confederation Cup group phase, third round
18 August-9 September: Fifa World Youth Championship (under-17), South Korea
22: Olympic Games men’s group matches
24-26: Olympic Games women’s group matches
31 August-2 September: Champions League group phase, sixth round
31 August-2 September: Confederation Cup group phase, fourth round

September:

1-10 September: Caf 50th anniversary gala, Johannesburg
7-9 September: African Nations Cup qualifiers
7-9 September: Olympic Games men’s group matches
10-30 September: Women’s World Cup, China
22-23 September: African Champions League semi-finals, first legs
22-23 September: Confederation Cup group phase, 5th round

October:

5-7 October: Champions League semi-finals, second legs
5-7 October: Confederation Cup group phase, sixth round
12-13 October: Olympic Games men’s group matches
26-28 October: African Champions League final, first leg

November:

2-4 November: Confederation Cup final, first leg
9-11 November: Champions League final, second leg
16-18 November: Olympic Games men’s group matches
23-25 November: Confederation Cup final, second leg

December:

7-9 December: Olympic Games women’s group matches

2008:

20 January-10 February: African Nations Cup finals, Ghana

By Ira Ndunda

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Female Clitoral Circumcision

Posted by African Press International on March 8, 2007

Female
Clitoral Circumcision

I think we need to understand and be more aware about female circumsicion. here are some definitions …

Clitoral circumcision:  Refers to the surgical procedure in which the hood of the females clitoris (called the clitoral prepuce) is removed. However, the term is often confused in modern day writings with ritual procedures performed in Egypt and in other countries as noted below.  we refered to generally it as only the removal of the hood of the clitoris unless otherwise noted.

Sunna circumcision: Consists of the removal of the tip of the clitoris, sometimes performed by cutting a hole in a piece of cloth and placing it over the area to be cut, limiting the size of the area. In certain cases the clitoris is just nicked with a knife or razor, in parts of Mexico and South America, the sign of the cross is cut into it. Sunna, in Arabic, means “tradition”.  The clitoral hood is also sometimes removed.

Clitoridectomy: sometimes referred to as excision, which involves the removal of the entire clitoris, rather than just the tip. The labia minora; the inside lips of the vagina are also sometimes removed, but the outer labia are left intact. The vaginal opening is left open and unchanged, rather than sewn together, as in the case of Pharaonic Circumcision.

Pharaonic Circumcision: the entire clitoris is removed, as well as the inner and outer labia (minora and majora), scraping of the sides of the vulva and then joining them together and sewing them up with thread or catgut, or sometimes closing them with thorns. A small opening is left in order that urine and menstrual blood may pass through. This is also sometimes referred to as infibulations.   A woman who has had this procedure must be cut open to allow childbirth, and then is re-sewn to ensure faithfulness to her husband.

It is important for all of oss both men and women to understand what we critisize and talk about and share it to benefit us on matters that we are condemned and critisized. With that said we should be not so naiv that we are objekctive and open to our own traditions and cultures. What was right in the past ( and probably necessary) does automatically make it right in todays age and time.

We are a strong people with a very rich and beautifull culture,land and race and we have to move on as a people with time and environment and not just follow old traditions and cultures without questioning there relevance in todays age and time.

If that HISTORY we read doesnt make us to this we actually dont need it at all!!!

heres a web cite worth having a look at:

http://www.circlist.com/femalecirc/anatfemale.html

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Mozambican quick response praised by USAID

Posted by African Press International on March 8, 2007

Maputo (Mozambique) The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on Wednesday praised the Mozambican government’s quick and efficient response to the recent floods in the Zambezi Valley and to Cyclone Favio in Inhambane province of the country.

USAID director Jay Knott said Mozambique’s handling of the disaster could serve as a model for the rest of Africa and the world.

“The response of the Mozambican government to these natural disasters was remarkable,” Knott said at a Maputo news conference.

He noted that the central region of the country was devastated by both floods and Favio but deaths in both cases were kept to the minimum — less than 100 — thanks mainly to the country’s timely and efficient response of the emergency operations.

“Naturally here and everywhere, including the United States, more work needs to be done to be prepared and educate people on how to protect themselves in the case of a natural disasters.

“But certainly Mozambique has contributed a lot, and it is a model for other countries in the region and, possibly, also for other parts of the world,” Knott said

At least 45 people died from the flooding which tore the central provinces of Tete, Manica, Zambezia and Sofala, driving 170,000 people away from their homes and swamping over 80,000 hectares of fertile land.

Some 140,000 people were rescued into 41 shelters set up in the four provinces after losing their homes.

In support of this effort, the USAID provided a plane that the assessment teams used to overflow the flooded areas, and granted 10,000 mosquito nets and chemicals for the treatment of drinking water./APA

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Tanzanians join international women’s day with hope

Posted by African Press International on March 8, 2007

Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) As Tanzanians join the rest of the world to marking International Women’s Day on Thursday, experts based in different parts of the country said most of the social problems women endure could be solved by governments and the women themselves.

Speaking during a survey by APA, the experts challenged women and government to take affirmative and proactive actions to end the long-standing problems facing women.

Most of these experts cited the problems women faced as exploitation, discrimination, sexual abuse, and domestic violence.

Nelly Maliva, an assistant lecturer in the Department of Commerce and Management of the University of Dar es Salaam, said she saw the day as providing an opportunity for women and the government “to devise and implement better strategies to raise the status of women.”

“The day is important because it gives hope to women, many of whom have lost heart after years of oppression and exploitation, to engage in productive activities partly through exhibitions at which products made by their fellow women are displayed,” she explained.

The don said the Tanzanian government has done a commendable job in ensuring that women are not left behind, adding that society must prepare a range of strategies to empower women in various economically, socially and politically.

Dora William, also an assistant lecturer at the university, was of the view that the empowerment of women would be “vastly beneficial” if the government identified the specific needs of various groups of women.

She admitted that the government had played a big role in helping to empower women but not all women in the society had benefited from such empowerment.

She called on the government to understand that women have “some very special needs” and there are many disparities, even among women themselves.

“There is a wide gap between women in urban areas and those in rural areas such that, even if they are brought together and empowered, some would not gain anything because of factors like differences in education and poverty levels,” she pointed out.

The don also urged the government to consider identifying the needs of different groups of women so that all could benefit from what was offered.

Asked for his views, University of Dar es Salaam lecturer Justine Katunzi said International Women’s Day was important because it helps to remind women about their crucial role in the development of the country.

“These are times when women’s needs are regarded as priorities in various sectors, all with the aim of raising their status and reduce the gap between them and men,” she said.

Giving an example, Katunzi said the qualifications set for women and girls to be enrolled in universities favoured them at the expense of men. He explained that the idea was to increase the number of educated women in higher education.

Legal and Human Rights Centre executive director Hellen Kijo-Bisimba said the government had over the years extended laudable support to women in the political, economic, education, health and various other sectors.

She illustrated her remarks by noting that 30 per cent of members of the Tanzanian parliament are women.

“Things have changed a lot compared to years gone by in that more women are now given opportunities to pursue even those courses that previously attracted very few women. This has resulted in having more women holding big executive posts in both private and public organisations,” she said.

For her part, Community Development, Gender and Children Minister Sophia Simba noted that she found the theme for this year’s celebration – “Women and Environment : Use Traditional Baskets to Protect Environment” — especially relevant and timely.

She said environmental degradation has been a threat to the development of the country and its people, adding that the problem is what essentially precipitated or aggravated last year’s countrywide food and electricity shortages.

“The theme for this year rightly underlines the need to use traditional baskets instead of plastic bags as one way of conserving our environment.

“Plastic bags do not decompose easily and have a confirmed adverse impact on living organisms and the environment generally,” she explained.

But like several other ordinary women interviewed, Fausta Mushi of Tabata in Dar es Salaam said she was not aware of the day.

“The government should bear the blame for all this because it cares only for only a certain class of women in the society, leaving the rank and file to languish in untold poverty,” she added dejectedly, without elaboration

And she was not alone who expressed these sentiments./APA

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