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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

Janet Semple – South Africa

Janet Semple – South Africa

Janet Semple, representative of South Africa’s main opposition DA on the Joint Monitoring Committee on the Improvement of Quality of Life and Status of Women and head of the DA Women’s Network (DAWN), is proud that the DA has 30 percent women councillors who were “not imposed.”

Eunice Mguni – Botswana

Eunice Mguni – Botswana

Eunice Mguni, a Gaborone councillor representing Phakalane, said that initially her family was unsupportive because “they were worried about how people would view her,” and also because of the financial toll this would have on the family. However, now they are fully supportive; they have seen the many initiatives she has been involved with, and this has brought them on board.

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.

Khanyisile Mamba – Swaziland

Khanyisile Mamba – Swaziland

Khanyisile Mamba, Deputy Mayor of Manzini Municipal Council is the only female Deputy Mayor in Swaziland, a position she ascended to after only one term in council. What’s more is that she has been the only woman in council until the recent elections when another woman was elected, making them two.

Mxolisi Mkhatshwa – Swaziland

Mxolisi Mkhatshwa – Swaziland

Chairperson Mxolisi Mkhatshwa of the Mtsongwaneni Inkhundla asked, “When an Inkundhla has no women, who then takes up women’s issues? The answer is sadly – no one….”

Sophie Mshangama – Tanzania

Sophie Mshangama – Tanzania

“My first encounter with Gender Links was in 2010, when l attended a workshop on Gender Policy in the Media Houses. l was so moved with the workshop; from the beginning l noticed that l was at the right place taking into account my position of HR in a media house. Since then, l have seen myself differently. My working schedule also has changed. I am able to speak out, about the rights of women. My life also has changed.À

March 23, 2010 Programs: Gender & Media | Women in Media

Francis Banda – Malawi

Francis Banda – Malawi

Banda attributes his interests for gender issues to Gender Links. “I first got introduced to gender and media issues in 2011. It was through a gender workshop organised by Gender Links,” Banda said. “Pushpa Jameson trained us on the importance of mainstreaming gender in media content, and how the media could be an agent for change in advocating for gender equality.” From this moment on, Banda has always been gender conscious when developing programme content and writing news.

June 23, 2009 Programs: Women in Media

Angelina Enoque – Mozambique

Angelina Enoque – Mozambique

Angelina Enoque, Renamo MP for Manica district, is an example of a woman who has grown in her job and who has witnessed a growth amongst other parliamentarians both men and women on gender issues. Her philosophy is that having “thirty per cent women in parliament is not enough: we need quality not just quantity.”

Ntlhoi Motsamai – Lesotho

Ntlhoi Motsamai – Lesotho

When Ntlhoi Motsamai, 40, became Speaker in Lesotho in 1995, members of parliament insisted in calling her “Madame Speaker Sir”. It is a measure of change in Lesotho that now she is simply referred to as “Madame Speaker” or ‘Mme ‘ (the Sotho word for madam) Speaker.

May 1, 2002 Themes: Politics Programs: Gender & Governance | Women in Politics