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.

SADC: Making the economy work for women

SADC: Making the economy work for women

By Lucia Makamure Johannesburg, 9 October: The African Women’s Development & Communication Network (FEMNET), in partnership with the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University (CWGL), Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), Christian Aid and UN Women are this week hosting the first ever African Feminist Macroeconomics Academy (AFMA). The Academy that has brought together gender activists, academia, researchers and […]

Emalahleni Local Municipality Report Card

COE Report card Stage Description Date Outputs I Meetings and adoption of COE concept 8 June 2010 Buy-in report Scorecard II Situation analysis Februrary 2010 Situational Analysis III SADC Protocol on gender and development Village Workshop IV Inception workshop September 2010 Inception Workshop V Action planning workshop 3 September 2010 Action Plan VI Adoption of […]

October 6, 2017 Themes: Local Government Programs: Gender and governance

George Municipality Report Card

COE Report card Stage Description Date Outputs I Meetings and adoption of COE concept 20 May 2013 Buy-In Report Score card II Situation analysis 20 May 2013 Situational Analysis III SADC Protocol on gender and development Village Workshop IV Inception workshop Inception Workshop V Action planning workshop Action Plan VI Adoption of action plan and […]

October 6, 2017 Themes: Local Government Programs: Gender & Governance

Capricon District Municipality Report Card

COE Report card Stage Description Date Outputs I Meetings and adoption of COE concept 30 April 2010 Buy-In Report Scorecard II Situation analysis 30 April 2010 Situational Analysis III SADC Protocol on gender and development Village Workshop IV Inception workshop 5 Aug 2011 Inception Workshop V Action planning workshop Action Plan VI Adoption of action […]

October 6, 2017 Themes: Local Government Programs: Gender & Governance

Baseline data for women in Local Government needed

Baseline data for women in Local Government needed

By Gomolemo Rasesigo Kampala, 29 September: Gender Links Botswana last week formed part of a Botswana delegation invited to participate in discussions on women in local government held in Kampala, Uganda. The workshop was held under the theme; Measurement and regional and global monitoring of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicator 5.5.1b: “proportion of seats held […]

October 6, 2017 Themes: Governance Programs: Gender & Governance

Cape Aghulas Municipality

Fact file Country South Africa Province/Region South Africa Baseline score  40 Post 2015 score Population Number of women councillors  9 Number of men councillors  6 Joined the COE programme  2013 Anchored Entrepreneurship Programme Summit   Gallery     Click here to see who is driving a change in Cape Aghulas Municipality  Empowering women, ending violence in […]

October 6, 2017 Themes: Local Government Programs: Gender & Governance

Bergriver Municipality Report Card

COE Report card Stage Description Date Outputs I Meetings and adoption of COE concept 17 June 15 Stage1report Score Card II Situation analysis Situational Analysis III SADC Protocol on gender and development Village Workshop IV Inception workshop Inception Workshop V Action planning workshop Action Plan VI Adoption of action plan and signing of statement of […]

October 6, 2017 Themes: Local Government Programs: Gender and governance

Aganang COE Report card

COE Report card Stage Description Date Outputs I Meetings and adoption of COE concept May 2012 Buy-in R eport II Situation analysis Situational Analysis III SADC Protocol on gender and development Village workshop IV Inception workshop Inception Workshop V Action planning workshop Action Plan VI Adoption of action plan and signing of statement of commitment […]

October 5, 2017 Themes: Local Government Programs: Gender & Governance

Mufulira Municipal Council COE

Fact file Country Zambia Province/Region Copperbelt Baseline score Post 2015 score Population  143,930 Number of women councillors  6 Number of men councillors Joined the COE programme  2012 Anchored Entrepreneurship Programme Summit Mufulira (“Place of Abundance”) is a town with a population of 125,336 (2007) in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia. It was established in the […]

September 21, 2017 Themes: Local Government Programs: Centres of Excellence | Gender & Governance

Chinsali Municipal Council COE

Photo Fact file Country Zambia Province/Region Mashonaland East Baseline score  50 Post 2015 score Population  112,897 Number of women councillors  1 Number of men councillors  27 Joined the COE programme  2009 Anchored Entrepreneurship Programme  No Summit Chibombo is a town in the Central Province of Zambia, and is headquarters of Chibombo District. The town lies […]