SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Mauritius – Karen Tracy Rayepa

“Be Actor not a Spectator, We are all responsible of our doings or what we are not doing”   I was an intern at Gender Links for 2 months helping with paper work here and there. I was asked by Mary Coopan to help a friend who needs someone to work as there was a very important event coming up (the national summit). I accepted as […]

September 20, 2018 Themes: Drivers of Change Programs: Protocol @ work

Botswana: Olebogile Osetse

“I have overcome these challenges with the help of the entrepreneurship trainings” In 2014, I met Gender Links for the first time and right from the start they took me through entrepreneurship trainings which I enjoyed and have benefitted from. With the help of the trainings I have been able to provide for myself and […]

September 20, 2018 Themes: Business | Entrepreneurship Programs: Protocol @ work

Botswana: Mable Dintle Lebekwe

“I feel more at peace, emotionally” In the year 2013 I met with Gender Links and they put us in entrepreneurship training to help us prepare our business plans. They taught us the different types of business along with the need for business. They went on to teach us that by starting our own businesses […]

September 20, 2018 Themes: Business | Entrepreneurship Programs: Protocol @ work

Zimbabwe: Ester Msindo

“My success in business has helped me appreciate myself and to believe that l can become a well-known business woman.” – Ester Msindo. Ester Msindo encountered Gender Links (GL) in July 2014 at Zvimba Rural District Council offices. When she met the GL staff for the first time, she was amazed by how they were […]

September 20, 2018 Themes: Business | Drivers of Change | Entrepreneurship Programs: Protocol @ work

Mauritius – Marie Michelle Lepredour

“La femme peut faire la politique aussi bien que les hommes, voire meme mieux.” My most memorable experience would have to be when I was the winner of the SADC Gender Protocol Summit 2013 here and then I flew to SA for the regional summit. Never did I think that one day I would fly on behalf of a competition. I will […]

September 20, 2018 Themes: Drivers of Change Programs: Protocol @ work

Zimbabwe: Mildred Mango

“Gender Links (GL) came into my life at a time when I had lost hope with life. Before joining GL I had stress to the extent of having suicidal thoughts. I now have hope and confidence for a better life. I now have peace of mind,” Mildred Mango. “The year 2016 came as a relief […]

September 20, 2018 Themes: Agriculture | Business | Drivers of Change | Economics Programs: Protocol @ work

Zimbabwe: Chipo Sirani

“I earned myself a nickname ‘self esteem’ and I am proud to be called with that name. I am Self Esteem.” Chipo Sirani experienced GBV violence since the day she was born as she grew up under the custody of her uncle, after the man who impregnated her mother denied responsibility and ran away. Her […]

September 20, 2018 Themes: Drivers of Change | GBV | Gender based violence Programs: Protocol @ work

Zimbabwe: Sibongile Moyo

Entrepreneur par excellence My husband abused me emotionally and it affected my well-being. He was working in South Africa and he rarely sent money home and when he did he would send as little as R 500. I struggled to survive with my child since my eldest child had also left for South Africa. It […]

Zimbabwe – Francisca Machayasimbi

“Now able to assist relatives financially” Francisca Machayasimbi is a 29 year old woman who is a survivor of gender based violence. She had two children, a boy and a girl from her previous marriage. When she got married to her husband she moved in to his parents’ home with him. Her in-laws despised her, […]

September 20, 2018 Themes: Drivers of Change Programs: Protocol @ work

Zimbabwe – Ester Musindo

“From a survivor of gender based violence (GBV) to an employer” Esther Musindo was born in 1972 as the only female child in a family that adored male children. She grew up in a family where there was no peace because her mother was despised for the “offence” of failing to give birth to male […]

September 20, 2018 Themes: Drivers of Change Programs: Protocol @ work