Zambia: Kafula Mutale

Name Kafula P Surname Mutale Country Zambia Give a short history of the leader I am predominantly from financial services sector. In 2016, I consciously decided to run for office […]

February 19, 2020 Themes: Local Government Programs: Protocol @ work

Anuradha Pooran – youngsters should not get involved in drugs and not ruin their lives

Anuradha Pooran – youngsters should not get involved in drugs and not ruin their lives

Mrs Anuradha Pooran is a dynamic 58 year old woman and is the President of APEDED. She had a tough childhood however she managed to complete her form 5 whilst […]

October 7, 2019 Themes: Climate Change Programs: Gender Justice

Arvin Boolell – ‘We grow prejudice’

Arvin Boolell – ‘We grow prejudice’

Dr. Arvind Boolell firmly believes that in the spirit of transparency all political parties must relook into their Constitution and make sure that it is implemented. Seasoned and experienced politician […]

October 7, 2019 Themes: Gender equality Programs: Gender Justice

Christina Mabika – Mutare City Council COE

“Winning the COE for the best council was a proud moment.” Mabika met Gender Links (GL) in 2014 and she vividly recalls that day because it left indelible marks that […]

BOTSWANA: Onkemetse Prudence Kwelagobe

Oozing with confidence, a young female police officer stood up before a room full of co-competitors and gender activists, to present her project. Neatly dressed and very petite in my […]

September 5, 2018 Themes: Drivers of Change | Human Rights Programs: Protocol @ work

Lesotho: Sebabatso Masienyane

“Leaders are born, not made” There is an argument that “leaders are born, not made”. Fortunately, I realized that I was born to lead and I was capacitated. In 2006, […]

Elise Shikongo – Eenhana COE

Elise Shikongo – Eenhana COE

Elise’s first encounter with Gender Links was in 2013 when Eenhana Town Council joined other local authorities and became a Centre of Excellence through a council resolution. This came about after council was identified as one of the Centres of Excellence, hence she realised that her council would be part of the country wide implementation of the SADC Gender Protocol to help achieve the goals identified. Gender Links briefed Eenhana Town Council on gender mainstreaming and during September the council conducted stages 1-5 through consultative meetings with various stakeholders thereby developing a Gender Action Plan.

October 29, 2015 Themes: Gender equality | Local Government Programs: Gender & Governance

Tichawanda Chamuka – Zimbabwe

Ward 16 is a constituency which falls under Kadoma City Council and has a population of 5967. The average ratio of male to female is 40% against 60%. Having experienced the malaria deaths of two pregnant women, a man and a child, as a councillor I had to visit Chemukute Clinic for more information. Records showed that 215 women had received treatment for malaria in 2013 with 63 of them pregnant, a concern which prompted me as a leader to take some measures to assist in the elimination of the spread of malari

October 12, 2015

Sithabisiwe Takawira – Beitbridge Municipality

A good leader is a leader with people’s well-being at heart, who puts the interests of others before his or hers; one who would go an extra mile to help others.
Last year I joined Mrs Mapaya, the child care worker, during visits to underprivileged children. We visited the Mashate family where we found a single mother of four children. She narrated how she ended up being a single parent citing how her husband left her for a younger woman, leaving her stranded in their rural home with no means to fend for her children.

October 12, 2015 Themes: Local Government Programs: Gender & Governance

Goakgakala Sobatha – Botswana

Goakgakala Sobatha – Botswana

The Gender Links (GL) workshop revived and re-kindled my gender activist spirit which was inculcated in me during my university studies. During my first year at University of Botswana, I was doing Introduction to Sociology and Gender Studies was a component of my course. I enjoyed the course since it made me appreciate this “gender thing/talk.À As I did my final year BSc Town & Regional Planning, Physical Planning and Gender was one of the courses I did towards the attainment of my degree. It is a course that made me realise that, as a planner, I cannot talk development without gender.

October 12, 2015

Pedro Nadine Meyer – South Africa

When I started working as Community Based Coordinator in 2003, while working in the Hessequa area, I met a young 20 year old lady who was infected with the HI virus. This was a very new topic for me in those days and even though she was not my first HIV positive client, she was the first one in my new job.

October 7, 2015

Jullianah Chigariro – Zimbabwe

I am a Christian woman and I was born in Mhondoro Muchanyu village. I was married by customary law in church at St Michael’s Mhondoro and God blessed me with three children. I started engaging in leadership roles at church. I was the chairperson of St Mary’s parish, and then afterwards, I was promoted to chairperson of Kadoma parish. Then, from there, I began to notice that I had strong leadership characteristics and I made my way to being chairperson of my ward (Ward 5).

September 30, 2015