I Stories

I continue to live in fear of my life and my children’s life.

My name is Nomsa  I stay Ga-Mashashane, Mohlonong. I was married in the Mabotja family from 2007. Things were fine between me and my husband until 2013. In 2013 he started drinking and abusing me physically. He would come home and beat me up after drinking. I had to run to the police station trying […]

Sunraise Campaign- Assinatura de Memorandos

Sunraise Campaign A Gender Links Mocambique efectuou entre os dias 28 de Outubro e 02 de Novembro corrente mês visitas a 8 dos 10 municípios nos quais tem implementado o progrma de empreendedorismo designado Sunraise campaign. As visitas visavam o assinatura e renovação do memorando de entendimento, onde os municípios comprometem-se a acolher e dar […]

November 14, 2018 Themes: Entrepreneurship Programs: Entrepreneurship | Training of Trainers

The LUX Project – Empowerment Training for Women in Cite Mangalkhan, Mauritius

This project will holistically help women to come out of their precarious situation through an Empowerment programme. This will help them be less vulnerable to depression, discouragement, violence, unemployment and other health and social ills. The project has been launched on the 14th of March in line with the International Day of Women 2017. 24 […]

Empowering women – ending violence: Results

GL ran a pilot project targeting 1500 GBV survivors (15 to 20 survivors per council) in 10 Centres of Excellence for Gender in Local Government in each of 10 SADC countries – Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Read the book detailing the results of the pilot – Empowering  Women – […]

November 8, 2016 Themes: Gender based violence Programs: Gender Justice

Zambia: Eunice Chinkuli

Zambia: Eunice Chinkuli

Before being trained by Gender Links my life was not okay.  Yes I used do gardening and also selling my produce but I did not manage to support myself nor my family. I did not even know how to read and write properly but was not worried about it. I thought it was not necessary […]

April 19, 2016 Themes: Gender equality Programs: Gender Justice

Zambia: Catherine Shindowla  

Zambia: Catherine Shindowla  

I was braiding/plaiting someone’s hair when I received a call from one of the officers at Mumbwa District council requesting me to go to La Hacienda Hotel the following day to meet with a certain lady by the name of Faides to be interviewed.  I was so scared because I did not know what that […]

April 18, 2016 Themes: Gender equality Programs: Gender Justice

Zambia: Catherine Daka

Zambia: Catherine Daka

The most important thing that I learnt that I am always going to be grateful with Gender links (GL) is being taught how to keep financial records. How to do a debtor and credit so as to manage my business properly. I started doing this training in August 2014. I have done all the three […]

April 18, 2016 Themes: Gender equality Programs: Gender Justice

South Africa: Ntomboxolo Mrubata Follow up entrepreneurship I story.

South Africa. Ntomboxolo Mrubata The most memorable experience as part of the training is Phase 2. I have learned a lot of how to do a business plan and how to sell or market my business, about communication, skills, understanding the competition and to select a good location for my business. I joined training in […]

November 12, 2015 Themes: Business Programs: Entrepreneurship

CSW59: Day 4- Through to Cambodia, Australia and India by Nyasha Mazango

I rushed to the Malawian Embassy for the Alliance Meeting. The meeting brought the members to tackle issues in a more relaxed way. After the meeting we took a breather and were addressed by the Minster of Gender of Malawi. She was jovial and made us feel proud as a region.

After mid-day, I managed to attend a session on “Response of Violence Against Women” which was chaired by the Executive Director for UN Women Phumzile Ngcuka. The session was interesting and conducted in question-answer manner.

CSW59: Day 3- Moving the agenda forward for women and girls by Jean-Max Appanah

CSW59: Day 3- Moving the agenda forward for women and girls by Jean-Max Appanah

I was meant to attend the side event on the “Sharia as a Source of Women’s Rights” on the 8th Floor of the United Nations Church Centre. I got to the right building and went straight through the door into the first room which was on my left. I managed to find my way to a vacant seat in the crowded room. Soon I realised that I was in the wrong venue as the theme for discussion was “Moving forward the Agenda for girls.” Not attending my planned side event turned out to a blessing in disguise

CSW59: Day 2- Issues of maternal health unpacked by Nyasha Mazango

Today I was at the UN Church Centre at 9:30am. I attended a session on sexual reproductive health rights programmes spearheaded by the United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe and the Latin American and Caribbean Region. Presentations highlighted that there is no family planning in the Latin American and Caribbean Regions. In Zimbabwe the representative of UMC had programmes going and shared lessons learnt. It was clear that the Zimbabwean government with its Village Health Workers programme have created a community based facility which stand in for government to provide sexual health care services. But village women who are supposed to receive the education argue that the village health workers were not being paid for more than three months.

CSW59: Day 1- Preventing and responding to violence against women by Jean-Max Appanah

CSW59: Day 1- Preventing and responding to violence against women by Jean-Max Appanah

My first CSW59 side event session at the United Nations began today, Monday 10th March 2015 at the DHL Audition at 11.30am. The proposed theme for discussion was “Preventing and responding to violence against women”. I have this remarkable and unique experience in meeting 2 individuals, just prior to the event, who turned out to be members of the panel. Dr Christina Pallito, a leading figure on the Gender-based Violence Research at the World Health Organization.

March 10, 2015 Themes: Gender equality Programs: Gender Justice