SADC: GL – 20 years of promoting women’s rights

SADC: GL – 20 years of promoting women’s rights


Date: March 4, 2021
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Johannesburg, 4 March: This month Gender Links celebrates 20 years of service and hard work by taking stock and reflecting on its programmes, honouring its Drivers of Change and highlighting impact. These celebrations will follow GL’s commemoration of International Women’s Day.

Over the two decades Gender Links has grown into an internationally recognised force in promoting women’s rights in Southern Africa.  Gender Links has spearheaded the development, adoption and revision of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development. It has developed multiple programmes have reached over 200,000 people including politicians, activists, community members, media, survivors of violence and more. To commemorate its anniversary GL has a series of events lined up in March.

Gender Links is hosting the South Africa Women, Voice and Leadership  (WVL) Summit from the 3-4 March 2021. The summit will culminate in an awards ceremony on 8 March that will happen back to back with the GL WVL–SA organised International Womens Day (IWD) celebration. GL will celebrate IWD under the theme Marching Together for Generation Equality. You can RSVP to participate in the IWD celebration here. Winners will join the SADC Protocol@Work summit.

Journalists from Botswana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe will come together in a learning and sharing event from 11-12 March 2021. The event will include presentations of good media practices on Women’s Political Participation. Winners will join the SADC Protocol@Work summit.

Gender Links will hold the regional Voice and Choice SADC Protocol@Work Summit from 15-17 March 2021. The Summit will bring the winners from the 2019 and 2020 country summits together in their countries and virtually across countries.

The good practices will be adjudicated by panels of judges who are experts in their relevant field. The Summit will culminate in the Awards ceremony and celebration of GL’s 20th Birthday  on the 17th of  March 2021.

During this month of celebration, we will be featuring Drivers of Change who are championing gender equality as a result of our work. Our news and blogs will featuring opinion and editorial articles that show how GL has contributed to changing gender discourse in Southern Africa. The news and blogs will include the staff annual learning journey lessons in lockdown series in which we reflect on what we have learnt and how we will apply it.

In addition you can become involved by:

Thank you for your support throughout our 20 years of service.

For more information, please contact us Tarisai Nyamweda on media@genderlinks.org.za or call us on  0661682080.


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