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Anishta Seesurrun – ‘’Be you for you and always with a smile’’

Anishta Seesurrun – ‘’Be you for you and always with a smile’’

This is the motto of Anishta, 33 years old which she elaborates that this quote is about working on yourself for you to become a role model and a source […]

October 7, 2019 Themes: Disability Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Veronique Celestin – Mauritius

Veronique Celestin – Mauritius

One of the most memorable experiences that I have had with Gender Links was our first meeting where all of the survivors told their own stories and I told my story to others who were just like me. We all learned that we are not alone and that other people understand us. I felt free and all of us cried. It was a defining moment for me.

October 2, 2019 Themes: Entrepreneurship Programs: Gender Justice

Marie Josee Medon – Mauritius

Marie Josee gained organisational skills and learnt how to manage money and create a profit when she attended Gender Links workshops and training sessions.

September 21, 2019 Themes: Entrepreneurship Programs: Gender Justice

Zimbabwe: Catherine Mhondiwa

I am a married woman, who is mother to 3 boys. I started gender work in 1999 after I noticed some difficulties and challenges that the majority especially women were […]

September 6, 2019 Themes: Drivers of Change Programs: Protocol @ work | SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

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

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

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.

Sithembile Ndlangamandla – Swaziland

Sithembile attended all of the stages of the entrepreneurship programme and was one of the most active participants during the training. She shared her “IÀ story with the group and had a small business of her own, operating it from her house. When she spoke she emphasised the tendency of women to be financially dependent on their spouses and this perpetuates gender violence at household level. She stresses that women should be empowered to be their own bosses.

June 2, 2016 Themes: Economic violence Programs: Entrepreneurship

Francisca Machayasimbi – Zimbabwe

Francisca Machayasimbi – Zimbabwe

Gender Links (GL) encouraged Francisca Machayasimbi to work hard and have the leverage to take care of herself. She responded positively and stopped relying on other people for survival. The decision she took saw her escaping from the abuse that was deeply rooted in her reliance on her husband for survival. She vividly recalled how she used to yearn for good food and trendy clothes but lacked the capacity to afford them. The training empowered her and she can now afford anything that she desires.

December 17, 2015 Programs: Entrepreneurship

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

Maria Mboene – Mozambique

Maria Mboene – Mozambique

Maria Mboene is a woman who suffered verbal violence from her husband because she grew up believing that once a woman is married she has to respect and stay with the husband no matter what happens in the house. She did know about her rights, she could not do anything but stay at home suffering in silence.

In 1983 her husband left her with six children to take care of. From that moment Maria had to choose between getting another man to sustain her and her kids and finding a way to survive by herself. Because she did not want to go through all the things she had been through with her former husband, she chose to start a business

December 9, 2015 Programs: Entrepreneurship