Resta Dzvinyangoma: Life after overcoming painful situations

Alderman Resta Dzvinyangoma is the first-born daughter in a family of three girls and two boys. She was deprived of the right to finish her secondary school education by her […]

Zimbabwe: Takudzwa Kanyai

Zimbabwe: Takudzwa Kanyai

Change impacts positively when one is willing to change “Voice and Choice of the youths is our guiding principle. As youths, we are now able to distinguish good from the […]

May 13, 2021 Themes: Local Government | Youth Programs: Gender & Governance

Zimbabwe: Justina Jani

Zimbabwe: Justina Jani

Women leaders are the best leaders, more positive change come with them. “I thought it was normal for women to be looked down upon and that they should always pave […]

Hammy Madzingira

I joined the council in 2013 as one of the youngest local government leaders during that time. I was inspired to join the local government sector be the need to […]

Hawah Williams Makwinja

Name Hawah Williams Surname Makwinja Country Malawi Give a short history of the leader I am a woman aged 37. My mother died while giving birth to me. At the […]

July 21, 2019 Themes: Gender based violence Programs: Protocol @ work

Botswana: Kesegofetse Keitumetse

Name Kesegofetse Surname Keitumetse Country Botswana Give a short history of the leader Iam a gender focal person, crime prevention coordinator, a counsellor, motivational speaker and mentor. i am in […]

June 10, 2019 Themes: GBV Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Lesotho: Ntholeng Molefi

“It is easier to raise a boy child than to repair a man. No one should be left behind.” I am a professional Corrections Officer currently practising as a Chaplain […]

June 14, 2018 Themes: Drivers of Change | Religion Programs: Protocol @ work

RATSIMBAZAFY Lala Dervaele – Madagascar

Essayons de faire la différence Ratsimbazafy Lala Dervaele est une des bénéficiaires de la formation sur le renforcement des capacités des femmes candidates maires et conseillères menée par Gender Links […]

August 19, 2016 Themes: Gender equality | Governance | Local Government Programs: Gender & Governance

Edwina Kapfudza – Zimbabwe

Edwina Kapfudza – Zimbabwe

Edwina Kapfudza recalls the day she met her ward councillor and how she was introduced to Gender Links (GL). This took place at a time when she least expected any help from anyone with regard to her experience of gender based violence (GBV). Prior to the introductions, the council held a meeting with the identified survivors of GBV. The idea was to know more about the women’s experiences of GBV before referring them to GL.

Nyaradzo Masamba – Zimbabwe

Nyaradzo Masamba – Zimbabwe

Masamba joined GL in July 2014 after being introduced by Zvimba Rural District Council. She enrolled in the entrepreneurship training and was equipped with relevant business skills. The training taught her about all forms of GBV and how to fight domestic violence. Before the training she was thinking that she should focus on just forgetting her past experience of GBV. Later on she discovered that the only way to bury the past and continue with life is through occupying your mind with productive things.

Loveness Gandawa – Zimbabwe

Loveness Gandawa began a poultry project in 2012. She started with a production capacity of 50 birds per six weeks. She later increased the capacity to 100 birds in 2013. The upgrading of the business coincided with her encounter with Gender Links (GL). She invested the money she received as an honorarium for attending the workshop into the business and she increased the production capacity to 150 birds. The profit she realised after selling chickens enabled her to venture into cross border trading. She started purchasing clothing material and footwear from South Africa, Zambia and Botswana for resale in Zimbabwe.

December 9, 2015 Programs: Entrepreneurship

Itai Makara – Zimbabwe

Itai Makara is a beneficiary of the entrepreneurship programme who resides in Tshovani Township in Chiredzi. Before her encounter with Gender Links (GL) she used to be a person who could not distinguish between right and wrong. She said that her status was a result of the lack of relevant knowledge and a clearly defined direction. She found it very difficult to be independent when it came to making important decisions. This was largely because she lacked confidence.

December 9, 2015 Programs: Entrepreneurship