Gender & Governance

The gender and governance programme has grown out of various research and advocacy projects which aim to promote equal representation and effective participation of women in decision-making. The programme has now grown into a regionally recognised programme, and in 2010 it won the Mail and Guardian “Investing in the Future” award in the non-profit category for recognising the importance of working with local government to bring about social change in Southern Africa. Click here to view programme progress from the latest annual report.

The Centres of Excellence for Gender Mainstreaming in Local Government brings together all GL’s core programmes focusing these in ten localities in each of ten countries that GL works every year. Research provides the evidence for the work; this informs policies and action plans which are advocated in various ways. The COE’s represent a unique, on–the-job approach to training. Evidence shows that this approach is changing lives.

Over the years, Gender Links has assisted local authorities in developing flagship projects for ending gender based violence, and empowering survivors of violence through entrepreneurship training. This initiative was brought alive to give effect to the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development. Watch the video which showcases the innovative work being done by Gender Links in 431 local authorities across Southern Africa.

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January 21, 2019 Themes: Governance | Local Government Programs: Gender & Governance

Mozambique GL National Summit 2018 Report

MOZ GL National Summit Report 2018

January 18, 2019 Themes: Governance Programs: Gender justice and local government summit

Annual Report 2016

Formed in March 2001, Gender Links (GL) is a Southern African NGO, headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa that promotes gender equality and justice across the fifteen countries of the region. Described in a 2005 external evaluation as “a small organisation with large footprints”  GL took giant footsteps in 2008 with the establishment of a […]

Gender in the 2018 Zimbabwe LG elections

Gender in the 2018 Zimbabwe LG elections

This gender analysis of the 2018 local government elections that witnessed a decline in women’s representation from 16% to 14% reflects the deeply ingrained patriarchal nature of politics in Zimbabwe. It highlights the need to extend the constitutional quota for women in parliament due in expire in 2023, and to strengthen the campaign led by […]

December 11, 2018 Themes: Elections | Governance Programs: Advocacy - 50/50 Campaign | Gender & Governance

Formações sobre a integração do género nos pleitos eleitorais

Formações sobre a integração do género nos pleitos eleitorais

Formações sobre a integração do género nos pleitos eleitorais A Gender Links Moçambique realizou nos dias 11-16 do mês de Setembro, uma formação que reuniu jornalistas e membros de partidos políticos sobre a integração do género no âmbito da campanha 50/50, rumo aos pleitos eleitorais nas zonas centro e norte do país, que conscide com […]

November 13, 2018 Themes: Elections Programs: Gender & Media | Gender, Media and Elections | Women in Politics

#Voice and Choice Strategy meetings

#Voice and Choice Strategy meetings

The 2018 SADC Gender Protocol Barometer put a spotlight on the inter-linked gender justice issues of our time including menstrual health, comprehensive sexual education, teenage pregnancies, safe abortion, maternal health, GBV, HIV and Aids, and sexual diversity. In 2018 the Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance is stretching its Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Campaign […]

Gender audit of Lesotho local elections

Gender audit of Lesotho local elections

Once held up as the shining star of women’s political representation at the local level, the proportion of women in local government in Lesotho has steadily declined from 58% in the first local elections in 2005, to 49% in 2011 to 40% in the September 2017 elections. This steady downward trend has taken place despite […]

October 18, 2018 Themes: Elections Programs: Gender & Governance

Zimbabwe: Christina Mabika

“Winning the COE for the best council was a proud moment.” Mabika met Gender Links (GL) in 2014 and she vividly recall that day because it left indelible marks that will never be wiped from her mind. Fortunately, these marks where the genesis of the transformation that took place in her life. “When I first […]

October 9, 2018 Themes: Drivers of Change Programs: Gender & Governance | Protocol @ work

Mauritius: Deepa Bhurdool

Deepa’s first encounter with Gender Links (GL) was during one of the village workshops organised by Loga Virahsawmy in 2012. As a councillor Deepa explains that she is very pleased to receive these trainings which has helped her a lot to grow as a councillor and as an individual. The best experience that Ms Bhurdool […]

October 9, 2018 Themes: Drivers of Change Programs: Gender and governance | Protocol @ work

eSwatini: Busisiwe Phiri

Violence against women is common in Swaziland. Busisiwe Phiri experienced GBV first hand but her life has never been the same after meeting Gender Links. I was born in Ngwenya village under Hhohho region. My home is very close to the border between Swaziland and South Africa. It is the main border post in Swaziland […]

October 9, 2018 Themes: Drivers of Change Programs: Gender and governance | Protocol @ work