South Africa

Alliance Focal Point Organisation: South Africa Women in Dialogue
Contact Person:
Marthe Muller
Physical Address:
Salga National Office, Corner Garsfontein and Corobay Streets
Waterkloof Glen, Pretoria
Email: mmuller@salga.org.za
Telephone: +27 12 369 8000+27 12 369 8000 ext 1164

The South Africa Alliance focal network- South African Women in Dialogue (SAWID), together with the Southern Africa Gender Protocol Alliance Secretariat- Gender Links (funded by the European Union in South Africa) continues to strengthen the Alliance through the Women Demand Action NOW: Countdown to 2015. The campaign gives you and your organisation the opportunity to sign up and pledge to champion targets of the SADC Gender Protocol. The key targets of the SADC Gender Protocol inform GL’s three core programmes media, governance and gender justice.

Check out the South Africa Alliance work on the links below:

2014:

2014 South African national summit report
South Africa National elections report
Women in Politics Report
Post 2015 Roundtable discussion report

2013:

Women Demand Action Now: SA National report
Women Demand Action Now statement
South Africa Barometer

Letter of support from South African Women in Dialogue

South African Women in Dialogue (SAWID) hereby expresses our most sincere support and best wishes for the outcomes of the Gender Links SADC Gender Protocol National Summit 2014, for the shared dream of 50/50 by 2015 and for a strong post-2015 Gender Agenda.

We are deeply appreciative of the partnership that Gender Links has offered SAWID in collaborating towards demanding a strong post-2015 agenda, and SAWID fully supports the advocacy to demand government actions and accountability on the areas of women empowerment enshrined in the SADC Gender Protocol. The priority areas of the Protocol are areas of concern that women have repeatedly highlighted at SAWID events since our first SAWID National Dialogue in July 2003.

South Africa: Intersecting oppression – locating gender within #FeesMustFall

In debunking the politics of gender and oppression as a reflection of broader systemic violence within society; it is imperative not to privilege one oppression over another. When one engages with #FeesMustFall (FMF) as a body located outside of the movement; one is rarely ever confronted with the question of gender from an intersectional standpoint. […]

November 25, 2016 Themes: Education
Programs: Gender Justice | SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Learning Journey: Winners win and losers lose!

Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future – Brian Tracy The year 2016 marks a watershed moment on my time at Gender Links, […]

March 24, 2016 Themes: Gender equality
Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Learning Journey: Launching into the deep

Learning Journey: Launching into the deep

When I read about the brutality that women and girls face through gender based violence and the way the world turns a blind eye, something within me ignites about making a difference through transformative leadership. I challenged myself to acquire knowledge which will enable me to seek solutions to ending inequality.

South Africa: Pistorius’ conviction a victory for justice this Sixteen Days

South Africa: Pistorius’ conviction a victory for justice this Sixteen Days

“Justice had prevailed!” So declared social media, Twitter, Facebook and renowned news agencies after the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, South Africa, upheld the State’s appeal of Oscar Pistorius’ culpable homicide conviction, finding him guilty of murder at the peak of the Sixteen Days of Activism.

December 17, 2015 Themes: Gender violence | Justice system
Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Regional LGBTI workshop on advancing effective communication on LGBTI in East, West and Southern Africa.

Regional LGBTI workshop on advancing effective communication on LGBTI in East, West and Southern Africa.

Gender Links in November held a two day media workshop and seminar on effective communication on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTI) issues in Africa.

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

Southern Africa: When GBV knocks on activists’ door

A good friend of mine, who for her whole professional life has been in the forefront of the war against GBV, recently suffered physical abuse in the hands of her husband. Lo and behold, it has been a case gone unreported.

South Africa – Community march against GBV

Gender Links and media partners from across the world on 28 November joined a march against Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Orange farm, a township in the outskirts of Johannesburg.

December 17, 2015 Themes: Gender equality | Gender violence
Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Gender Links coordinating Global Media Monitoring Project in Southern Africa

Gender Links coordinating Global Media Monitoring Project in Southern Africa

The World Association for Christian Communication is consolidating findings of the fifth Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP). Coordinated by the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC), the GMMP is a worldwide media monitoring, research and advocacy project implemented collaboratively with women’s rights organizations, grassroots groups, media associations, faith-based organizations, university students and researchers across the world.

October 21, 2015 Themes: Media
Programs: Media | SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

South Africa: Transgender rights must not end with congress declaration

South Africa: Transgender rights must not end with congress declaration

Johannesburg, 20 October: The decision by the ANC Women’s League at its latest Congress to allow transgender women into its midst is a step in the right of direction for a much-needed deepening of gender discourse in South Africa.

South Africa: Building capacity for 2016 local elections

South Africa: Building capacity for 2016 local elections

Achieving gender equality requires women’s active participation and involvement in decision-making at all levels, starting at home and extending to the highest levels of government. Several studies have gone beyond numbers to show that women bring different approaches and perspectives to decision-making.

August 28, 2015 Themes: Elections
Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

SADC Gender Protocol 2015 Barometer, South Africa

SADC Gender Protocol 2015 Barometer, South Africa

With less than one year left before the deadline for the 28 targets of the SADC Gender Protocol, South Africa is among the top three performers in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region using indicators based on empirical data and citizen perceptions.

Women Demand Action NOW: Countdown to 2015

Women Demand Action NOW: Countdown to 2015

This paper sets out building blocks for the Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance in South Africa led by the Alliance focal network South African Women in Dialogue (SAWID) in collaboration with Gender Links, the Alliance Secretariat.