The Safe Haven Halfway Home – Mauritius

The SAFE HAVEN HALFWAY HOME (SHHH) is a temporary shelter for teenage girls who are homeless due to abuse and rejection from family members. SHHH welcomes residents coming from the Rehabilitation Youth Centre (RYC) in Mauritius and other children shelters. Reaching the age of 18, these teenage girls are no longer under the responsibility of […]

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 […]

International Day for people with disabilities

The estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide face many barriers to inclusion in many key aspects of society. As a result, people with disabilities do not enjoy access to society on an equal basis with others, which includes areas of transportation, employment, and education as well as social and political participation.

November 27, 2016 Themes: Disability Programs: Gender Justice

Disabled women group proves wrong_ Radio Saut_ August 2016

Name of the story: Disabled women group proves wrong Name of the media house: Radio Saut Country: Tanzania Synopsis Brief description of the item of work you submitted and motivation of why it is a good example of gender awareness and sensitivity in advancing gender equality Post-2015. In many societies, women and disabled people are […]

Arrianne Sarah – Mauritius

Arrianne Sarah – Mauritius

I am a handicapped woman and the mother of two children. I suffered from a partial body paralysis after the birth of my daughter 13 years ago and with time my condition deteriorated and I became completely bed ridden. Before the birth of my daughter I used to work in a hotel and helped my family, but after my illness I lost the job. I lost everything. I accepted loneliness as part of my fate. I truly ended up believing that there was no future for handicapped people. However, my good friend Priscilla Bignoux stood by me. She helped me to start going out and mingling with people again. It was only then that I started to see the bright side of life. I started smiling once again.

July 22, 2016 Themes: Disability | Economics Programs: Entrepreneurship

Training manual on community-based rehabilitation services for deafblind children and young adults

This manual is designed to provide the community based rehabilitation worker with information to assist the engagement with the deafblind child or young adult to support the development of the individual to live as independent life as possible. The manual contains general information about deafblindness and how to foster the development of a deafblind individual, […]

Agenda: Gender and disability

The contents of this issue of Agenda include: Gendering disability and disabling gender: critical reflections on the intersectionality of gender and disability Understanding the complex stigmatisation of women with intellectual disabilities in their vulnerability to gender based violence A case example of gender and disability stereotypes in the courtroom Women with disabilities in leadership A […]

Learning journey: Let go of things you can’t change, focus on the things you can

“You change your life by changing your heart” Max Lucado At the beginning of 2016 several things were uncertain and to some extent wearisome. As one who joined Gender Links in 2012 and interacted and enjoyed working with several interesting colleagues the changes in 2016 took some adjustment amidst moments of sadness. I have learnt […]

May 8, 2016 Themes: Children | Disability Programs: News

Southern Africa: Calling for inclusive societies on Human Rights Day

“Yes, I am transgender! Where is the problem? Why should people look down upon me? Yes, we organise gay pride march every year, why should be media choose to put only downgrading pictures?”

December 17, 2015 Themes: Disability | Gender equality | LGBTI | Media Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Malawi: Looking at rights through the eyes of a visually impaired person

Malawi: Looking at rights through the eyes of a visually impaired person

Last week the world and Malawi commemorated International Human Rights Day: a time, among others, to do some soul searching on the rights of people with disabilities.

I am visually impaired. In the early 1990s I enrolled with Montfort Demonstration School for both my pre-school and primary school education. During the pre-school age, I played with toys with my fellow kindergarteners. Getting initiated into braille writing and reading proved to be another joyous moment.

December 17, 2015 Themes: Disability Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance