Driver of change

Sheistah Bundhoo – Mauritius

Sheistah Bundhoo – Mauritius

One of my most memorable experiences with Gender Links (GL) is when I first went to take the testimonials of victims of gender based violence. I never thought that I would get to hear those testimonials.

July 22, 2015

Chabasereng Manka -Mashaleng Council COE

Chabasereng Manka -Mashaleng Council COE

I cannot deny that at first, I did not even want to hear about it, and was very reluctant to work with them. Since I was the chairperson, I had to make a decision, and finally I decided that we gave them a chance. I have never regretted working with Gender Links since the first time we met.

Lebohang Matsepe – Likila Council COE

Lebohang Matsepe – Likila Council COE

I am Councillor Lebohang Matsepe; I have a wonderful memory of Gender Links, because I was able to learn in depth about gender issues, and that made me realize the importance of every creator in this world. I am saying this because I learned about a lot of issues. Some I did not understand before, and it was an eye opener.

Mothata Lepheane-Thaba Tseka Urban Council COE

Mothata Lepheane-Thaba Tseka Urban Council COE

Mothata is a very important person in the community, because he is a male care worker. Some people find that strange, but they come to him in big numbers, because they want to know how he managed to be so active on gender issues.

June 30, 2015 Themes: Local Government Programs: Gender & Governance

Macolese Setaka – Ts’ana Talana Council COE

Macolese Setaka – Ts’ana Talana Council COE

Working with Gender Links was a wakeup call for Macolese Setaka. Gender Links made things which seemed impossible to achieve very possible and achievable. With Gender Links, she learned to love her job as a councillor. The most memorable moment was when Gender Links staff came to enlighten them about Gender issues, which was a topic that was never raised due to the culture and norms of the council. Her most significant moment was when she realised that, as a woman leader, she can stand in the presence of men and women to tell them about gender issues.

June 30, 2015 Themes: Governance | Local Government Programs: Gender & Governance

Fred Nkonde – Botswana

Fred Nkonde – Botswana

“Sanitation should not only be a woman thing, basically I want to bring the men aboard as well”. With woman and men working hand in hand Fred believes that a lot of improvements can be done in the sanitation area which would save many lives.

June 30, 2015 Themes: Health | Local Government Programs: Gender & Governance

Pauline Banda – Zambia

Pauline Banda – Zambia

Banda believes 100 per cent that it is her role as a journalist to contribute to making a difference to women’s lives. She says part of her role is to inform and educate, and in the process, be able to make a difference in the lives of many women. “Members of the public look up to the media not only for information, education and entertainment but also for some kind of inspiration. The public can use the media as a vehicle to convey their views on various issues,” Banda said. She urged media practitioners to view their jobs as a calling which they can use to improve lives in their communities and make the world a better place for all. Banda says change in one person’s life can inspire others to make their own lives better, and can create hope in other people; there is a ripple effect.

January 20, 2014 Programs: Women in Media

Neo Kesenogile – Botswana

Neo Kesenogile – Botswana

Neo Kesenogile, BDP Councillor Kweneng District Council, acknowledged that the bad attitude of male colleagues in council can be intimidating and because they outnumber women they can attack them with impunity unless they get protection from the chairperson of the council. However, with the support of other women and experience, confidence levels increase.