Prior to 2013, GL held separate Gender Justice and Local Government  and Gender and Media Summits. Since 2013, GL and the Alliance have held annual SADC Gender Protocol@Work summits, bringing together work in all the ten theme areas of the Protocol. Gender Protocol Barometers have showcased practical examples of positive change from the ground. In 2016 GL carried out an analysis of SADC Protocol@Work summit entries on Sexual and Reproductive Health which can be viewed here. You can also download an analysis of case studies from 2017 and 2018 here.

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You can view a list of the case studies from the Protocol@Work summits below. You can also search the case studies by country, category, year and language. You can choose a particular country or a particular year, or you can choose of combination of any of the 4 options. Click on the down arrow next to the option and make your choice. Then click on the search button and the results will display below.

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

Mauritius: Bhurdool

“Bhurdool has been a Councillor since long and since then, she has been in touch with all kind of people. She adds that it is very difficult to deal with human being and had a lot of difficulties to face being a women councillor. But most importantly she agrees to have grown positively through the […]

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

Namibia: Victoria Nelago Kapenda

My experience with Gender Links is short and fruitful. I came to know about it in 2013 when we received a request to be part of this successful programme. Ruacana Town Council committed itself and has never looked back since then.Gender mainstreaming is our focus and we have developed strategic partnerships and networking opportunities across […]

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

Madagascar – Marie Chantal Razanamasy

“I am the president of an association of farmers working together for rural development. We share information on crucial issues, such as the fight against GBV and HIV/AIDs. We work on any issues relevant to the populace, whether it me problem solving, mobilizing people around issues that affect them, or sharing information on development topics. […]

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

eSwatini: Dumsile Magongo

“I am the Town Clerk for the Ngwenya town board, and my main responsibilities are to manage the affairs of the town council and to ensure that all the policies in place are implemented. My relationship with Gender Links started in 2011, when I was approached as the town clerk to participate in the Local […]

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

Mozambique – Maria Helena Langa

“In one way or another some English words we pick up at Gender Links regional summits and meetings end up being part of our vocabulary and, without noticing it, we use them even in meetings where the official language is Portuguese.” I was attending my party conference when I had to speak to the policies […]

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