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.

Zimbabwe: I regret being married to a liar and cheat

In 2013 I got married to Upenyu* whilst I had one child from my previously failed marriage. Upenyu* lied to me that he was never married before. I later realised that he had four children from two previous marriages. All the four children were staying with their maternal relatives. I was working as a nurse […]

October 10, 2019 Themes: Intimate partner violence Programs: Gender & Governance

Zimbabwe: Unhappy about my life

My name is Mapfu* I got married in 2014 and all was well until 2016 when my husband quit his job and our first born was only one month old. The incident stressed me because I did not know how we were going to survive.   As a young couple we needed our own space so […]

October 10, 2019 Themes: Economic violence Programs: Gender & Governance


COE Report card Stage Description Date Outputs I Meetings and adoption of COE concept II Situation analysis III SADC Protocol on gender and development IV Inception workshop V Action planning workshop 2012 Planning for Grand Port SavanneGrand Port Savanne GBV Action Plan VI Adoption of action plan and signing of the statement of commitment 20142015 […]

October 8, 2019 Themes: Governance Programs: Gender & Governance

Annual report 2017

Formed in March 2001, Gender Links (GL) is a Southern African NGO, headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa that promotes gender equality and justice across the fifteen countries of the region. Described in a 2005 external evaluation as “a small organisation with large footprints”  GL took giant footsteps in 2008 with the establishment of a […]

Savanne District Council COE

Fact file Country Mauritius Province/Region Savanne Baseline score  – 2015 Latest score – 2019 Population 70,575 Number of women councillors  33 Number of men councillors  120 Joined the COE programme  2013 Anchored Entrepreneurship Programme  Yes Summit 2019 Savanne is a district of Mauritius, situated in the south of the island. The district has an area […]

“I am part of a journey where I am still becoming someone.”

“I am part of a journey where I am still becoming someone.”

I describe myself as a champion of women in politics. I am the director of Will FLY which was founded in 2008 and which is currently based at Black River. It provides children from suburbs with a safe and calm milieu to do their homework after school. Through Will FLY, I have been doing politics […]

October 7, 2019 Themes: Politics Programs: Gender & Governance

Dr. Vasant Bunwaree – Equal Pay for Equal Work

Dr. Vasant Bunwaree – Equal Pay for Equal Work

Whether you are a man or a woman there should be equal work for equal pay was the leitmotiv of Dr. Vasant Kumar Bunwaree at the political dialogue organised by Gender Links in March 2018. He was the one who made sure that this became legal. Well known Cardiologist, Dr. Bunwaree was Minister of Labour […]

October 7, 2019 Themes: Employment | Gender equality Programs: Gender & Governance

Kim Mungly:- Yes I Can

Kim Mungly:- Yes I Can

I am the founder and director of Medcare Academy, a non-governmental organisation which works with vulnerable families living in regions of poverty. I also work with girls at the Rehabilitation Youth Centre and give training sessions to women. I am a councillor at the Village Council. I am from a modest family background. Both of […]

Rivière du Rempart District Council COE Institutional Profile

Rivière du Rempart District Council COE Institutional Profile

The Council has neither a Gender policy nor an Action plan at the level of the their District. Gender is not a priority because of the scarcity of financial resources and manpower.

October 7, 2019 Themes: Local Government Programs: Centres of Excellence | Gender & Governance

Curepipe MC COE Institutional Profile

A small town and centrally situation in Mauritius with cool and rainy climatic condition. Curepipe attracts tourists and visitors due to all the places of interest such as Trou aux Cerfs (a dormant volcano) its Botanical Garden and other places of attraction.