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Zimbabwe: Nyaradzo Masamba

Zimbabwe: Nyaradzo Masamba

The name Gender Links (GL) brings memories of how I learnt about equality between man and women. No one should be restricted from doing certain types of jobs because of their sex. The Zvimba Rural District Council (ZRDC) introduced me to GL in July 2014. I managed to attend all the stages and they were […]

March 22, 2016 Themes: Business | Economics Programs: Gender Justice

Zimbabwe: Fought GBV through sewing

Zimbabwe: Fought GBV through sewing

by Lucia Zulu The Gender Links (GL) Entrepreneurship programme came as an answer to all my business challenges I had encountered over time. It was such an exciting and enlightening training course which mentored me to be a capable business woman. I realised that having the will to do business is not good enough without […]

March 22, 2016 Themes: Business | Economics Programs: Gender Justice

Zimbabwe: Entrepreneurship training’s an answer to my prayer

Zimbabwe: Entrepreneurship training’s an answer to my prayer

My name is Rudo and I am married to Joe. We have four children but my husband and mother in-law made a slave out of me. I got married at a very tender age hence I failed to further my education and was entirely dependent on my husband for a living. It was for this […]

March 22, 2016 Themes: Economics Programs: Gender Justice

Zimbabwe: Jenny Chapukira

Zimbabwe: Jenny Chapukira

I remember my first day with Gender Links (GL) when we learnt that no person is superior to the other based on gender. Destiny should not and cannot be attained through paying attention to our gender. GL taught us that both men and women should be equal. I used not to share my challenges with […]

March 22, 2016 Themes: Economics Programs: Gender Justice

Zimbabwe: Edwina Kapfundza

Zimbabwe: Edwina Kapfundza

Gender Links (GL) was an eye opener to me as l used to depend on my husband for survival. My council here in Goromonzi introduced me to GL and I joined the training in 2014. My name is Edwina Kapfudza and I spent most of my married life experiencing gender based violence. The abuse reduced […]

March 22, 2016 Themes: Economics Programs: Gender Justice

Swaziland: “Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” -Marilyn Monroe

Manzini, Swaziland, 28 March, 2016: Attending the entrepreneurship training was an eye opener for me. “I use to think being a house wife and doing house chores qualifies me to be a good wife, I never thought I could multi task and still be there for my family. It was a norm that males should […]

March 22, 2016 Themes: Economic violence Programs: Economic Justice | Entrepreneurship

Universal Periodic Review (UPR) NGO Working Group Press Statement on the National Human Rights Institution

       The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) NGO Working Group, comprising Botswana Council of NGOs (BOCONGO), DITSHWANELO – The Botswana Centre for Human Rights, Kuru Family of Organisations, Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LeGaBiBo) and MISA – Botswana Chapter and Rainbow Identity Association (RIA), are concerned that the government of Botswana and the United Nations […]

Botswana: “Yes we can…let us stop abuse”

Botswana: “Yes we can…let us stop abuse”

Chobe, Botswana, 8 March, 2016: I am aged 54 years and stay in Chobe. Ever since training with Gender Links, my life has reached the highest limits. Firstly I won the 1st price for existing businesses during the SADC protocol national summit in 2015 and I went on to win 1st price at the regional summit in the same year were I was competing with women from 9 other countries. I am a landscaper by profession and I am also a florist.

March 18, 2016 Themes: Gender equality | Gender violence Programs: Entrepreneurship

Universal Periodic Review (UPR) NGO Working Group Congratulates LeGaBiBo on landmark win

We, The UPR NGO Working Group congratulate one of our member organisations, LeGaBiBo, on its win in a landmark case on 16 March 2016. The Court of Appeal found that the Government of Botswana had acted unconstitutionally when it rejected the registration application of LeGaBiBo on 12 March 2012. The members of the Universal Periodic […]

Namibia: Natalia Nangobe

Namibia: Natalia Nangobe

Ogwediva, Namibia, 8 March 2016: My name is Nakandjemo* I come from Ombila village in Oshana region and have five children. If you give more women business skills, then poverty will reduce in Namibia. I am no longer abused by my husband we made peace. This happened because now I am making money and can buy food for the house and contribute to our children wherever I can.