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.

Women’s month: Feminism Dialogues

Women’s month: Feminism Dialogues

Johannesburg, 1 August: August marks Women’s Month and every year South Africa sets aside this month to commemorate National Women’s Day and to celebrate the achievements of women from all walks of life as well as count the gains and losses on women’s rights. Gender Links in partnership with the Southern Africa Gender Protocol Alliance […]

SA: Women’s Month: I am a feminist, shout it out loud!

SA: Women’s Month: I am a feminist, shout it out loud!

By Susan Tolmay Johannesburg, 4 August 2022: This Women’s Month as we celebrate the anniversary of the historic march by about 20 000 women to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956, to protest against legislation aimed at further restricting the movement of black women in urban areas, I reflect on what it means to […]

August 4, 2022 Themes: Feminism | Gender equality Programs: Gender & Governance

SADC: GL & Amplify Change launch Voice & Choice Fund

SADC: GL & Amplify Change launch Voice & Choice Fund

Friday 22 July: Gender Links (GL) in partnership with Amplify Change, today announces the launch of the Voice and Choice Fund targeting Women’s Rights Organisations in Southern Africa focusing on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). The fund is part of GL’s vision of an inclusive, equal and just society in which women and girls in all their diversities exercise their voice […]

Botswana Women speak out on Constitution

Botswana Women speak out on Constitution

Gaborone, Monday 25 July: Women Speak Out comprising women from all five major political parties, women’s rights organisations and civil society partners will present their submission to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Review of the Constitution of today. The presentation will take place at Maruapala Community Centre, Gaborone at 15:00. The media are […]

Mau: Missed shades of “with the people, for the people”

Mau: Missed shades of “with the people, for the people”

By Sheistah Bundhoo-Deenoo Moka, 14 June 2022: The budget 2022-2023 provides some salient points for the social sector. While there seems to be some progressive actions for the sector, the lack of social innovation programmes represents a missed opportunity, in my opinion. Here’s my “personne lambda” thoughts on the propositions for the social sector:- 1.Shelters […]

June 14, 2022 Themes: Gender equality Programs: Gender & Governance

Mauritius: A Quota system for Women in Politics

Mauritius: A Quota system for Women in Politics

By Sheistah Bundhoo-Deenoo Moka, 18 May: A quota system in Mauritius will be a roadmap to ensure women’s political participation. This summarises the main output of the 50-50 symposium organised by Gender Links Mauritius with financial support from the European union. The symposium sought to discuss and analyse Women’s PoliticaL Participation (WPP) and the need […]

SA:  Engaging men in ending GBV

SA:  Engaging men in ending GBV

Johannesburg, 7 June: Gender Links South Africa is undertaking Gender Based Violence  (GBV) and Conflict Management workshops in partnership with  different municipalities in the country. The focus is on  involvement of men in preventing GBV. The workshops are also engaging men to look into how men can assist in breaking gender stereotypes. Gender Links Local […]

Mauritius – “Women are visionary leaders who set objectives to improve the lives of people.” Neena Ramdenee

Mauritius – “Women are visionary leaders who set objectives to improve the lives of people.”  Neena Ramdenee

“One should know how to use one’s knowledge to the benefit of the people.”  Neena Ramdenee’s first encounters with Gender Links occurred more than ten years back through Loga Virahsawmy, Gender Links Board Member and Media Consultant and thereafter Anushka Virahsawmy, Country Director of Gender Links Mauritius. She attended presentations and most recently participated in […]

Mauritius – “Politics is closely linked to conviction, believing in the fact that I can improve the daily lives of the people around me.” Nicolas Jummun

Mauritius – “Politics is closely linked to conviction, believing in the fact that I can improve the daily lives of the people around me.” Nicolas Jummun

“People should be at the heart of the development of a country and therefore of any decision.”  Nicolas Jummun is a non-teaching staff of St. Mary’s College and a founding member of the political party ‘Idéal Démocrate’ in Mauritius. He has attended and learnt a lot from the training sessions on ‘Women and Youth in […]

May 2, 2022 Themes: Elections | Politics Programs: Gender & Governance

Mauritius – “Veins of steel, heart of honey”, Anishta Babooram

Mauritius – “Veins of steel, heart of honey”, Anishta Babooram

“It is very important for women to be economically independent, even more so in the 21st century and to not be afraid to speak up.” Anishta Babooram is an educator and has been officially delegated by her political party to work in a constituency in the south of Mauritius.  Babooram has been assigned several times […]