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.

Local Government COVID-19 Rapid Response Survey

Local Government COVID-19 Rapid Response Survey

 The Centres of Excellence (COE) for Gender in Local Government COVID-19 Rapid Response Survey in nine Southern African countries sought to gather information on how Gender Links (GL) can support local authorities’ in mainstreaming gender into their responses to the pandemic. The sample covered 98 councils or 27% of the COEs that GL works with across the […]

June 25, 2020 Themes: Local Government Programs: Centres of Excellence | Gender & Governance

Drivers of Change: Soolekha Jeepaul-Raddhoa – Quatre Bornes COE

Drivers of Change: Soolekha Jeepaul-Raddhoa – Quatre Bornes COE

Mrs Raddhoa has always been willing to push the envelope throughout her 36 years of public service.  Her experiences serving as a syndicalist, working as a consumer advocate, recently serving as the Mayor of Quatre-Bornes for 2 years and now as a local councilor has made her aware of the various forms of oppression that […]

May 27, 2020 Themes: Governance | Politics Programs: Gender & Governance

Rapport Fort Dauphin

COE Report card Stage Description Date Outputs I Meetings and adoption of COE concept 28 October 2014 Buy-in report II Situation analysis 28 October 2014 Situation analysis III SADC Protocol on gender and development 28  Octobre 2014 Village meeting IV Inception workshop 08-10 Juillet 2015 Inception workshop V Action planning workshop 09-10 Novembre 2015 Action […]

April 28, 2020 Themes: Local Government Programs: Gender & Governance

Mocimboa da praia- Report Card

COE Report Card Stage Description        Date      Outputs I Meetings and adoption of COE concept 03 October 2012 Buy In Report II Situation analysis  03 October 2013 Situational Analysis III SADC Protocol on gender and development Village Workshop IV Inception workshop Inception Workshop V Action planning workshop Agosto de 2012 Action Planing VI Adoption of action […]

April 21, 2020 Themes: Governance | Local Government Programs: Gender & Governance

Pay attention to women’s needs in COVID-19 response

Pay attention to women’s needs in COVID-19 response

By Thabani Mpofu, Bulawayo, 24 April: The Corona Virus 2019 (COVID-19) has challenged the health and social care professionals, health systems and governments around the world like never before in recent history. So far, it is impossible to know exactly its long-term impact as it seems that the only predictable aspect of the pandemic is […]

Mankayane Town Board COE

Fact file Country Swaziland Province/Region  Manzini Baseline score  – 2013 Latest score – 2015 Population 1011 Number of women councillors  1 Number of men councillors  7 Joined the COE programme Anchored Entrepreneurship Programme  Yes Summit 2018 A fast growing council situated in the Manzini region. A situational analysis is completed and successfully completed stages 3 […]

Piggs Peak COE

Fact file: Pigg’s Peak is a developing town, located in the north West of eSwatini, approximately 70 kilometers north-east of the capital city of Mbabane. The town is also located 40km from Matsamo boarder (the gateway to Mpumalanga province in South Africa) with aerial extent of 856.6 hectares, 287 of which is afforested by Peak […]

Nhlangano COE

Fact file Country Eswatini Province/Region  Shiselweni Baseline score  – 2018 76% Latest score – 2015 Population 9016 Number of women councillors  2 Number of men councillors  6 Joined the COE programme  2013 Anchored Entrepreneurship Programme  Yes Summit 2015 Nhlangano is the fourth largest town in Eswatini. It is the capital of the southern district of […]

Ezulwini Municipality COE

Fact file Country Swaziland Province/Region  Hhohho Baseline score  – 2013 Latest score – 2015 Population 6000 Number of women councillors 1 Number of men councillors 7 Joined the COE programme 2013 Anchored Entrepreneurship Programme Summit 2018 Ezulwini municipality is a small tourist town in between the capital city Mbabane and Matsapha town board. The town […]

Ngwenya COE

Photo Fact file: Ngwenya is a town in western Swaziland, lying near the border with South Africa, North West of Mbabane, on the MR3 Road. The South African town opposite Ngwenya is Oshoek in Mpumalanga province. It is known for its glass factory and artwork. The Malolotja Nature Reserve lies near the town.   Country […]

April 20, 2020 Themes: Local Government Programs: Centres of Excellence | Gender & Governance