Programme of action GL is well known for championing the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development, and coordinating an Alliance of over 40 women’s NGOs that campaigned for the adoption and implementation of the Protocol, and are now lobbying for it to be updated in line with the SDGs. As part of the Post – 2015 agenda, GL works closely with the SADC Gender Unit and the SADC Gender Ministries for a stronger Protocol aligned to the SDGs, the Beijing Platform for Action and the African Union Agenda 2063.  GL cascades the targets of the Protocol into its core media, governance, and justice programmes.

GL is globally well known for its cutting edge work on gender and the media, that has included seminal research studies; work with 100 Centres of Excellence for Gender in the Media, and seven COEs for Gender in Media Education. GL has also has spearheaded the campaign to integrate the targets of the Protocol into the work of 425 Centres of Excellence for Gender in Local Government.

In its justice programme, GL has carried out baseline surveys on prevalence and perpetration of gender based violence (GBV) in six countries (Botswana, Mauritius, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and South Africa) which revealed level of GBV caused by limited SRHR awareness levels and poor policy backup. Through these indicators for measuring gender violence, GL has pioneered a tested methodology of measuring GBV. To influence change at a policy level, in the public sphere, GL began working with countries in the SADC region to extend the Sixteen Days to a 365 Day National Action Plan strategy to end gender violence. GL has been cascading these GBV action plans to the local level through the COEs to make the case that we can end violence, working community by community.

As part of the related end violence, empower women, campaign,  GL began pioneering work on entrepreneurship training with 1500 of survivors of gender violence supported by 100 COE’s in 2013. A review of the pilot project shows the potential for reversing the vicious cycle from poverty and disempowerment to agency and justice.