SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Annual Report 2016

Formed in March 2001, Gender Links (GL) is a Southern African NGO, headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa that promotes gender equality and justice across the fifteen countries of the region. Described in a 2005 external evaluation as “a small organisation with large footprints”  GL took giant footsteps in 2008 with the establishment of a […]

#Voice and Choice Strategy meetings

#Voice and Choice Strategy meetings

The 2018 SADC Gender Protocol Barometer put a spotlight on the inter-linked gender justice issues of our time including menstrual health, comprehensive sexual education, teenage pregnancies, safe abortion, maternal health, GBV, HIV and Aids, and sexual diversity. In 2018 the Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance is stretching its Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Campaign […]

She is only a girl … so they said

She is only a girl … so they said

By Sifisosami Dube Johannesburg, 12 October: Gugu* beamed with excitement when her teacher asked her to collect all books from her class mates and bring them to the school staff room. She felt important to be assigned this important role. As she sauntered towards the staff room with a pile of books, she could feel […]

Zimbabwe: Christina Mabika

“Winning the COE for the best council was a proud moment.” Mabika met Gender Links (GL) in 2014 and she vividly recall that day because it left indelible marks that will never be wiped from her mind. Fortunately, these marks where the genesis of the transformation that took place in her life. “When I first […]

October 9, 2018 Themes: Drivers of Change Programs: Gender & Governance | Protocol @ work

Mauritius: Deepa Bhurdool

Deepa’s first encounter with Gender Links (GL) was during one of the village workshops organised by Loga Virahsawmy in 2012. As a councillor Deepa explains that she is very pleased to receive these trainings which has helped her a lot to grow as a councillor and as an individual. The best experience that Ms Bhurdool […]

October 9, 2018 Themes: Drivers of Change Programs: Gender and governance | Protocol @ work

eSwatini: Busisiwe Phiri

Violence against women is common in Swaziland. Busisiwe Phiri experienced GBV first hand but her life has never been the same after meeting Gender Links. I was born in Ngwenya village under Hhohho region. My home is very close to the border between Swaziland and South Africa. It is the main border post in Swaziland […]

October 9, 2018 Themes: Drivers of Change Programs: Gender and governance | Protocol @ work

Mauritius: Anique Darga

Darga explains that the journey she had had with GL has brought tremendous positive changes in her life and way of thinking. She believes that through the entrepreneurship course she has become a more confident young lady ready to face the challenges of life. She now knows how to act in situation of difficulties and […]

October 9, 2018 Themes: Drivers of Change Programs: Gender & Governance | Protocol @ work

Botswana: Susan Sekgwa

Susan Sekgwa is a classic example of how a victim of GBV in Serowe Botswana turned into an activist and champion of gender equality through trainings facilitated by Gender Links. When she stood there ready to start her presentation I looked at her and said to myself, “She must be one of those bold women […]

October 9, 2018 Themes: Drivers of Change Programs: Gender & Governance | Protocol @ work

Zambia: Clara Muleya

“From self-pity to self-sufficient, Clara`s Boutique is my testament that a woman can rise from being a victim to a survivor of gender based violence (GBV).” Clara Muleya has just won an award as the most impressive emerging entrepreneur at the prestigious Gender Links regional summit in Botswana beating the other nine contestants from different […]

October 9, 2018 Themes: Drivers of Change Programs: Gender & Governance | Protocol @ work

Lesotho: Mamakhefu Ramaema

“The first and best memory Cllr Mamakhefu Ramaema had with Gender Links was when Gender Links visited their council Sephokong Community council for COE stages 1&2. Cllr Mamakhefu was part of the management meeting because she is the chairperson of social services committee in the council. She described that day as the best day that […]

October 9, 2018 Themes: Drivers of Change Programs: Gender & Governance | Protocol @ work