Women in Politics

Mainstreaming gender in the SADC region: The experience of UNIFEM Southern Africa Regional office

The programme is focused on the institutional development and capacity building through gender analysis training, seminars, internships project and policy reviews. The aim was to equip SADC sectors, national machineries and women’s non governmental organizations with critical tools and means of incorporating women in development and gender dimensions into sectoral programmes and projects.

September 1, 2016 Themes: Gender equality Programs: Gender & Governance | Gender Justice | Women in Politics

Maintirano COE

Maintirano COE

Fact file Country Madagascar Province/Region Melaky Number of women councillors 3 Number of men councillors 6 Baseline score 41 Laster score 68 Population 23 700 Joined the COE programme 2014 Summit 2015 600 km miala ny renivohitra no misy ny kaominina Maintirano. Ahitana mponina miisa 16 000 ny kaominina tamin’ny taona 2001 Changing lives COE […]

January 15, 2016 Themes: Local Government Programs: Gender & Governance | Women in Politics

Mamorobane Ngakane – Lesotho

Mamorobane Ngakane – Lesotho

I am a local government councilor from Qacha’s Nek, in Lesotho. I have encountered Gender Links many times now; my first encounter was in 2011; they were training councillors about gender issues, and it was the first organization to give us training in detail about gender. At that time, people didn’t want to hear about gender; when it was introduced to us, people assumed it meant women were allowed to disrespect their husbands. But Gender Links, working with the Ministry of Gender, explained things very well, and many of us have now taken gender on board.

Inonge Wina – Zambia

Inonge Wina – Zambia

For Inonge Wina, MP for Nalolo, a rural village in remote western Zambia, the opportunity to join politics arose in 2001 when the women’s movement began aggressively looking for women to participate in decision- making.

Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge

Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge

As she begins the interview, Deputy Minister of Defence Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge is honest enough to recall a conversation she had with her interviewer while she was still an MP, and chaired the Parliamentary Women’s Group (PWG), on whether women should “buy into the patriarchal agenda” by enlisting for the army.

Penny Mwape – Zambia

Penny Mwape – Zambia

Councillor Penny Mwape from Luanshya has made primary health one of her concerns. In her ward, she goes to the clinics to find out how the medical personnel are dealing with patients because she had heard many complaints about the service at clinics and that nurses are rude. She gives the personnel talks and also advises on cleanliness in clinics.

July 5, 2015 Themes: Gender equality | Health | Local Government Programs: Women in Politics

Fikile Mtsweni – South Africa

Fikile Mtsweni – South Africa

I also work with TAC as a branch secretary, where we manage to organise a programme of LGBTIs as mandated by our district. I am supporting the LGBTI community, and now we have a sector on it. We should engage more young women in programmes like that of Gender Links. Women are in need of empowerment, and to achieve this, we all need to work together.

July 5, 2015 Programs: Women in Politics

Jean Namukonda – Zambia

Jean Namukonda – Zambia

Councillor Jean Namukonda, Deputy Mayor in the Chililabombwe Council recalled how she was insulted by the man who she stood against to become the deputy mayor. However, in spite of negative experiences, she received extensive civil society support.The support that Councillor Namukonda got from the ZNWL was in the form of campaign materials, T-shirts and chitenge’s with the slogan – vote for women, and bicycles so that they could go campaigning proved a great help. Councillor Sakala has attended three workshops convened by the ZNWL, covering issues such as project management, resource mobilisation, advocacy and lobbying.

July 1, 2015 Themes: Elections | Gender equality | Governance | Politics Programs: Women in Politics

Same Bathobakae – Botswana

Same Bathobakae – Botswana

Always impeccably turned out, Same Bathobakae, Secretary General of the BNF Women’s League, new Chairperson of the South East District Council (SEDC) and BNF councillor (Tloweng) exudes quiet confidence and humility. When she became a councillor in 2004 she was the only woman from opposition. She says she told herself “I am going to show them I can do my work, I have no fear.”

Constance Bangani – Zimbabwe

Constance Bangani – Zimbabwe

Caroline Munjoma and I are the twin councilors of Chimanimani. In my position, I enjoy being at the forefront of development. I am now working with different partners like AREX, different NGO’s, police, health workers, different ministries, business men and chiefs. I have been able to work with many more stakeholders, since Gender Links taught us how to network.