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.

Zim hosts 2018 SADC Protocol@Work Summit

Zim hosts 2018 SADC Protocol@Work Summit

For immediate release: Zim hosts 2018 SADC Protocol @ Work Summit and Awards Harare, 18 May 2018: The Zimbabwe 2018 SADC Protocol @ Work Summit and Awards will take place at Cresta Lodge in Harare from the 22–23 May 2018. The two day summit running under the theme “Local Action for a strong 2030 A-gender […]

Lesotho: Domestic Violence Bill, hope to ending GBV

Lesotho: Domestic Violence Bill, hope to ending GBV

Maseru, 14 May: Lesotho is developing a Domestic Violence Bill 2018 in an endeavour to counter the rampant acts of Gender Based Violence (GBV) that have rocked the country. This comes after the previous bill was not enacted into law for many years. This bill has been discussed with relevant stakeholders including the Ministry of […]

Swaziland hosts 2018 SADC Protocol@Work Summit

Swaziland hosts 2018 SADC Protocol@Work Summit

Mbabane, 11 May: The eSwatini SADC Gender Protocol joint Summit between Swaziland Gender Links and Capricorn District Municipality closed in Matsapha on 10 May 2018 with awards to twenty women and five men whose work on the ground won the highest accolades from judges and participants during presentations made this week. The summit featured fifty-seven […]

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May 4, 2018 Themes: Gender equality Programs: Centres of Excellence

SA: Media important in highlighting GBV issues

SA: Media important in highlighting GBV issues

By Yolanda Dyantyi Johannesburg, 3 May :The 3rd of May marked another year of world press day where it celebrated the significance of freedom of press and freedom of expression which is enshrined in Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. What is important for reflection on this particular day is that in […]

May 4, 2018 Themes: Gender violence | Media Programs: Advocacy | Gender & Governance | Gender & Media

Global: Celebrating World Press Freedom Day

Global: Celebrating World Press Freedom Day

Johannesburg, 2 May: On 3 May, we commemorate World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) under the theme “Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law”. This year’s celebrations take place amidst the strengthening of the #MeToo campaign concerning sexual harassment (online and offline), safety of female journalists and campaigns against gender pay gaps […]

Mozambique: Women in politics facing obstacles

Mozambique: Women in politics facing obstacles

By Graca Maria Maputo, 20 April: Maria Helena Langa is one of the five women who heads a municipality, out of the 53 existing ones in Mozambique. Langa began her career within the political arena, as a municipal councilor from 1993 to 2003 and in 2009 rose within the ranks and became president of the […]

SA: Call for young women to mobilise on freedom day

SA: Call for young women to mobilise on freedom day

By Yolanda Dyantyi Johannesburg, 27 April: As we celebrate freedom day young women must not make excuses for our lack of accountability in the spaces we occupy. Only through solidarity, a formation of sisterhood and community can we start making breakthroughs. Sometimes the sacrifices we will have to make in this journey will come at […]

April 27, 2018 Themes: Feminism | Gender equality Programs: Gender & Governance

Mauritius: Saving and changing lives

Mauritius: Saving and changing lives

By Sheistah Bundhoo Melrose, 25 April – “I came out of the Rehabilitation Youth Centre in 2017 after being condemned for three years given that I ran away from my parental home. I still remember the abuse I faced on the part of my step mother who always had a preference for her biological daughter. […]

April 27, 2018 Themes: Young Women | Youth Programs: Advocacy | Gender & Governance | Gender Justice

Zim: When perpetrators get away with GBV

Zim: When perpetrators get away with GBV

By Priscilla Maposa and Tapiwa Zvaraya Harare, 20 April: The streets of Harare recently came to a standstill when several men sexually harassed a woman vendor who was celebrating her birthday. This gross violation happened as people stood by and watched. It is a signal that the country is still far from standing up in […]