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.

Zambia – Nyimba Town Council

The Nyimba District is a district of Zambia, located in the Eastern Province. The capital lies at Nyimba. As of the 2010 Zambian Census, the district currently has a population of 99,159 people. The council has drafted the gender work place policy and is awaiting approval. The council has 18 councillors, 16 being male and […]


Kapiri Mposhi District is a district of Zambia, located in Central Province. The capital lies at Kapiri Mposhi. As of the 2010 Zambian Census, the district had a population of 240,638 people. The Gender Policy has made a lot of progress on this front in the sense that some of the decision making positions in […]

Zambia – Lusaka City Council

Lusaka is the capital and largest city of Zambia. It is one of the fastest developing cities in southern Africa. Lusaka is in the southern part of the central plateau at an elevation of about 1,279 metres. Lusaka is the centre of both commerce and government in Zambia and connects to the country’s four main […]

SA: Gender equality was close to Mandela’s heart

SA: Gender equality was close to Mandela’s heart

By Tarisai Nyamweda Johannesburg, 18 July: Today the world celebrates the life of one of the world’s most iconic figures Nelson Mandela.. Mandela Day presents a great opportunity to revisit commitments made to advancing gender equality. Mandela believed “Freedom cannot be achieved unless women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression. Our endeavours must […]

Botswana: Moshupa Sub District Council

Moshupa is a large village in the Southern District of Botswana with a population of 20016. Moshupa Sub District was established in 2006 as one of Southern District Council’s four sub districts. It is the third sub district to be established, after Mabutsane and Good Hope. The administration offices for the sub district are based in […]

Botswana: Mabutsane Sub Council

The Mabutsane Sub Council is located in Mabutsane village, Botswana. The distance from Mabutsane to Botswana’s capital Gaborone is approximately 238km / 148 mi (as the crow flies).Mabutsane has population of 3000. It joined the COE in 2010. The council has put in place a number of gender-related policies to guide its work. The district […]

Botswana: City of Francistown Council

The City of Francistown is the second city in the country is situated in the Northern part of Botswana closer to the borders of Zimbabwe. The city is reckoned for booming mining industry and with potential for tourism as it is a gateway to tourism destinations, such as Nata, Maun and Kasane. It is often […]

Botswana: Charleshill sub District Council

Charles Hill is the second-largest settlement in Ghanzi District, Botswana. There are eight villages and two settlements lying within Charles Hill, Chobokwane, Tsootsha (also known as Kalkfontein), Karakubis, Xanagas, New Xanagas, Charleshill, Makunda, Koke (also called Kuke), Ncojane and Metsimontsu. The council has lacked exercise a number of gender-related policies to guide its work, Because […]

Botswana: South East District Council

South East District Council has its headquarters in Ramotswa, located in between Gaborone and Lobatse, Botswana. A gender and local government workshop was undertaken with the council in 2010 and a gender action plan was developed. The council has put in place a number of gender-related policies to guide its work. The district council consist […]

Botswana: Maun Administrative Authority

Botswana’s tourism capital lies on the southern fringes of the Okavango Delta, and still, despite recent modernisations, carries the feeling of a dusty, frontier town. For many tourists, Maun is the point of entry into the Delta, and often into Botswana, with direct flights from both Johannesburg and Gaborone.Maun is the administrative centre of Ngamiland […]