SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Swaziland: Swazi government promotes self-reliance for women and youth

The Swazi Government Micro Projects Department spearheads a project to improve the quality of life of people at local level (in rural and peri-urban areas of Swaziland). More specifically, its purpose is the socio-economic empowerment of local communities through improved community organisation, increased access to basic services in health, water and sanitation and improved food […]

June 14, 2018 Themes: Economics | Entrepreneurship Programs: Economic Justice | Protocol @ work

Lesotho: Ntholeng Molefi

“It is easier to raise a boy child than to repair a man. No one should be left behind.” I am a professional Corrections Officer currently practising as a Chaplain for Lesotho Correctional Service. I am responsible for coordinating chaplaincy programs and activities throughout the country. I am an active member of Prison Fellowship Lesotho […]

June 14, 2018 Themes: Drivers of Change | Religion Programs: Protocol @ work

Zimbabwe: Hurungwe Rural District Council

The Hurungwe Rural District Council (RDC) is in the Mashonaland West Province of Zimbabwe. The council has crafted a number of gender-related policies to guide its work. Currently, there are 23 male councillors and 3 female councillors. The council is working to increase the proportion of female councillors from 12%. The Deputy Mayor of the […]

Botswana: Chobe District Council

The council’s gender champion is Mr. Lesang Leloba, who is the Deputy Council Secretary under Technical Services, and the gender focal person is Ms Reginah Lesedinyana Mojaphoko. There council has 8 council men and only one council woman. Women represent 37.5% of the council management and 45.9% of the overall staff. Gender Policy The council […]

Role & Sustainability of African Regional NGOs

Role & Sustainability of African Regional NGOs

Communique: Role and Sustainability of African Regional NGOs, 28-29 May African Regional NGOs (RNGOs) ended a two day round table in Johannesburg with a call to their governments, regional economic commissions, and international co-operating partners to join hands with them in strengthening regional civil society organisations. The self-funded dialogue began as a Southern African initiative […]

Africa: Not yet Uhuru!

Africa: Not yet Uhuru!

By Lucia Makamure Johannesburg, 25 May: On this day in 1963, the Organisation of African Unity (OUA) now known as the Africa Union (AU) was founded in Addis Ababa with a commitment to free the continent from colonial rule and to improve the living standards across member states. Fifty-five years later, so much has changed […]

Gender Links defines strategies to combat early marriage

By Graça Maria, Maputo, 09 May: Data from the Demographic and Health Survey indicate that in Mozambique, 14% of women between the ages of 20 and 24 were married before the age of 15 and 48% were married before the age of 18. These data place Mozambique among the countries with the highest prevalence of […]

May 9, 2018 Themes: Advertising Programs: Diversity Exchange | Protocol @ work

CSW 62: Harnessing citizen data to measure SDG 5

CSW 62: Harnessing citizen data to measure SDG 5

By Colleen Lowe Morna New York, 20 March:  How can national statistical bureau harness citizen generated data for measuring SDG 5 – gender equality? This is one of many questions addressed at side events organised by UN Women at the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women underway in New York. The Southern African Gender […]

Gender Links to take part in CSW 62

Gender Links to take part in CSW 62

Gender Links is set to take part in the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women which takes place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 12 to 23 March 2018. Representatives of Member States, United Nations (UN) entities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world will attend […]

International Women’s Month 2018

International Women’s Month 2018

Johannesburg, 5 March: March is a month of unprecedented #PressforProgress for Women’s Rights. 1 March marked the anniversary of the #SheDecides campaign. 8 March is International Women’s Day. The 62nd annual Commission on the Status of Women meeting at the UN in New York from 12 -23 March will focus on rural women with a sub-theme on gender […]