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.

GL said #ZumaMustGo in 2009

GL said #ZumaMustGo in 2009

The gender politics of leaders is a litmus test of their performance in government. Soon after President Jacob Zuma’s election in 2009, we wrote an open letter stating that Mr Zuma was not fit to lead. The Mail and Guardian carried the Open letter to JZ on women’s rights . GL supports marches organised by […]

SADC: Cross border summit for gender justice

SADC: Cross border summit for gender justice

Polokwane, 17 March: The first ever joint SADC Protocol@Work Summit between two countries ended on a high note last night with awards celebrating local efforts to promote gender equality in South Africa and Swaziland. Over 150 participants from Capricorn District Municipality (CDM), Gender Links (GL) Swaziland Centres of Excellence for Gender in Local Government, entrepreneurs […]

Madagascar: Being bold for gender equality

Madagascar, 8 March:  Be bold for change is the slogan of International Women’s Day this year. It is one thing to be bold, another is to bring about lasting change. At Gender Links we have tried to be bold by insisting against the many pressures to deliver instant results that there are no short cuts […]

March 9, 2017 Themes: Governance | Local Government Programs: Gender & Governance

All talk, little money for women’s rights

All talk, little money for women’s rights

It’s International Women’s Day and I am struggling with many emotions. I am opening the fourth invitation in as many days to an embassy round table on women’s rights in Southern Africa, and I am tempted to politely request that they donate the lunch or breakfast money to our work on the ground. I have […]

Working for bold change

Working for bold change

Johannesburg, 7 March: On 8 March 2017, Gender Links (GL) joined the world in celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) under the United Nations theme “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.” GL, notes the huge changes happening in world of work and calls on all Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders’ […]

Kamanjab COE Report Card

COE Report card Stage Description Date Outputs I Meetings and adoption of COE concept   Score Card Buy in Report II Situation analysis   Situation Analysis III SADC Protocol on gender and development     IV Inception workshop   Inception workshop V Action planning workshop   Action plan VI Adoption of action plan and signing […]

February 28, 2017 Themes: Governance Programs: Gender & Governance

Omaruru COE Report Card

COE Report card Stage Description Date Outputs I Meetings and adoption of COE concept   Score Card Buy in Report II Situation analysis   Situation Analysis III SADC Protocol on gender and development     IV Inception workshop   Inception workshop V Action planning workshop   Action plan VI Adoption of action plan and signing […]

February 28, 2017 Themes: Governance Programs: Gender & Governance

Walvis Bay COE Report Card

  COE Report card Stage Description Date Outputs I Meetings and adoption of COE concept   Score Card Buy in Report II Situation analysis   Situation Analysis III SADC Protocol on gender and development     IV Inception workshop   Inception workshop V Action planning workshop   Action plan VI Adoption of action plan and […]

February 28, 2017 Themes: Governance Programs: Gender & Governance

Henties Bay Report Card

COE Report card Stage Description Date Outputs I Meetings and adoption of COE concept   Score Card Buy in Report II Situation analysis   Situation Analysis III SADC Protocol on gender and development     IV Inception workshop   Inception workshop V Action planning workshop   Action plan VI Adoption of action plan and signing […]

February 28, 2017 Themes: Governance Programs: Gender & Governance

Nkurenkure COE Report Card

COE Report card Stage Description Date Outputs I Meetings and adoption of COE concept   Score Card Buy in Report II Situation analysis   Situation Analysis III SADC Protocol on gender and development     IV Inception workshop   Inception workshop V Action planning workshop   Action plan VI Adoption of action plan and signing […]

February 28, 2017 Themes: Governance Programs: Gender & Governance