Gender & Governance

The gender and governance programme has grown out of various research and advocacy projects which aim to promote equal representation and effective participation of women in decision-making. The programme has now grown into a regionally recognised programme, and in 2010 it won the Mail and Guardian “Investing in the Future” award in the non-profit category for recognising the importance of working with local government to bring about social change in Southern Africa. Click here to view programme progress from the latest annual report.

The Centres of Excellence for Gender Mainstreaming in Local Government brings together all GL’s core programmes focusing these in ten localities in each of ten countries that GL works every year. Research provides the evidence for the work; this informs policies and action plans which are advocated in various ways. The COE’s represent a unique, on–the-job approach to training. Evidence shows that this approach is changing lives.

Over the years, Gender Links has assisted local authorities in developing flagship projects for ending gender based violence, and empowering survivors of violence through entrepreneurship training. This initiative was brought alive to give effect to the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development. Watch the video which showcases the innovative work being done by Gender Links in 431 local authorities across Southern Africa.

Namibia: Gender parity in parliament – a reality!

Namibia: Gender parity in parliament – a reality!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Windhoek, 12 December: Women’s representation in parliament in Namibia is poised to reach the parity mark following elections in late November. This would place Namibia at par, or possibly even higher than the 46% attained by South Africa, presently the highest in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Namibia has 96 members […]

December 30, 2019 Themes: Politics Programs: Advocacy - 50/50 Campaign | Gender & Governance

Namibia: Women MPs set to increase in elections underway

Namibia: Women MPs set to increase in elections underway

Namibia, 26 November: As the votes come in from Namibia’s elections yesterday, women’s representation in parliament is likely to increase from 40% to 43% according to predictions by Gender Links Namibia (GLN). This will place Namibia second after South Africa in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and add to pressure for a legislated quota […]

November 28, 2019 Themes: Elections | Politics Programs: Advocacy - 50/50 Campaign | Gender & Governance

Cards stacked against women in Madagascar local elections

Cards stacked against women in Madagascar local elections

Antananarivo, 26 November:  As Madagascar gears up for local elections tomorrow every indication is that women’s representation is likely to decline as there are no female candidates fielded in the major cities where the ruling party is likely to win. Currently women comprise a mere 8% of councilors. In a decree issued just before the […]

Madagascar: Cards stacked against women in local elections

Madagascar: Cards stacked against women in local elections

As Madagascar gears up for local elections tomorrow every indication is that women’s representation is likely to decline as there are no female candidates fielded in the major cities where the ruling party is likely to win. Currently women comprise a mere 8% of councilors. In a decree issued just before the elections, the electoral […]

November 26, 2019 Themes: Local Government | Politics Programs: Advocacy - 50/50 Campaign | News

Zim: Uphold constitution on women in decision-making

Zim: Uphold constitution on women in decision-making

Press release Harare, 20 November 2019: Gender Links (GL) urges the Zimbabwe government to uphold the gender parity provisions of the Constitution following recent signs of back tracking. Section 17 of the 2013 Constitution says that ‘the State must promote full gender balance in Zimbabwean society.” We note with concern the lack of gender balance […]

SAfAIDS Statement on International Men’s Day

SAfAIDS Statement on International Men’s Day

“International Men’s Day is designed to promote positive role models in society and develop wholesome individuals. When we make investments towards promoting individual and collective development of key groups in our respective communities, including men and boys, we are able to effectively address key challenges including high incidence of HIV infection, reproductive health challenges, sexual […]

November 19, 2019 Themes: Gender equality | HIV/AIDS Programs: Gender & Governance | Gender and governance | News

Gokwe South RDC COE

Fact file Country Zimbabwe Province/Region Midlands Baseline score  32 Post 2015 score Population  307,250 Number of women councillors  4 Number of men councillors 29 Joined the COE programme  2019 Anchored Entrepreneurship Programme  No Summit Gokwe South Rural District Council is the rural district local authority in Gokwe South District. Gokwe South District has two local […]

November 15, 2019 Themes: Governance | Local Government Programs: Gender & Governance

Gokwe South RDC report card

COE Report card Stage Description Date Outputs I Meetings and adoption of COE concept 27 August2019 Buy-In Report Scorecard II Situation analysis 24 September 2019 Situational Analysis III SADC Protocol on gender and development Village Workshop IV Inception workshop   29-30 October 2019 Inception Workshop V Action planning workshop Action Plan VI Adoption of action […]

November 15, 2019 Themes: Local Government Programs: Gender & Governance

Gokwe North RDC COE

Fact file Country Zimbabwe Province/Region Midlands Baseline score  67 Post 2015 score Population  244,976 Number of women councillors  4 Number of men councillors  32 Joined the COE programme  2019 Anchored Entrepreneurship Programme  No Summit Gokwe North District is the furthest north of the province. Unlike its neighbour Gokwe South District which has and urban settlement […]

November 15, 2019 Themes: Governance | Local Government Programs: Gender & Governance

Gokwe North RDC report card

COE Report card Stage Description Date Outputs I Meetings and adoption of COE concept 27 August2019 Buy-In Report Scorecard II Situation analysis 24 September 2019 Situational Analysis III SADC Protocol on gender and development   Village Workshop IV Inception workshop   29-30 October 2019 Inception Workshop V Action planning workshop Action Plan VI Adoption of […]

November 15, 2019 Themes: Local Government Programs: Gender & Governance