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.

GL to host Voice and Choice Summits in 2020

GL to host Voice and Choice Summits in 2020

In 2020, Gender Links and the Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance  will hold #Voice and Choice Summits in five SADC countries including Angola,  Eswatini, Lesotho,  Zambia and Zimbabwe . This follows 10 country summits held in 2019. These summits will culminate in a regional summit to be held in Johannesburg in May 2020 where winners […]

Mozambique: Gender equality observed in Massinga

I am Medy Neves, Mayor of Vila da Massinga, the Municipality of Vila da Massinga is made up of five Members, of which 3 women are 2 Councilors and one President, which corresponds to 60% of gender representation. I have as a general objective: To develop actions with a view to mitigating the effects of […]

January 31, 2020 Themes: Gender equality Programs: Gender justice and local government summit

Mozambique: Advocacy work for the elimination of new cases of premature marriages, GBV and HIV

The Office of the Wife of the President of the Republic (GEPR), extends its activities to the provincial level and these are implemented by the spouses of the Provincial Governors. The main areas of intervention in the province: Premature Marriages (Premature Unions); Early pregnancies; Gender Based Violence (GBV) and HIV / AIDS. The activities are […]

January 28, 2020 Themes: GBV | Gender equality Programs: Gender justice and local government summit

A society with equal opportunities for men and women

I am Maria Helena José Correia Langa, currently Mayor of Mandlakazi, I as President and Leader promote participatory governance involving children, young, girls, boys, women and men also get involved all social strata and based governance in most of the will I am a leader who actively work for education of girls and combating domestic […]

Mozambique: A new era to come

My name is Geraldo Sotomane, County of the President of the City of Mocuba, I like to view Mocuba a reference to National and no junk level. I have as objectives: Ensuring the welfare of Residents, promote Public Health and promoting a Warm environment. My commitment to gender is to create conditions and capacities up […]

January 27, 2020 Themes: Gender equality Programs: Gender justice and local government summit

Mozambique: An environmentally friendly project

Ecological Coal Production from Urban Solid Waste- Beira Council Our work is based on some sustainable development objectives such as: Gender and climate change, Gender equality, Sanitation and Business opportunities for everyone. The initiative Ecological Coal Production from Urban Solid Waste consists of the collection of solid waste in different urban areas (supermarkets, residential waste, and […]

January 23, 2020 Themes: Climate change Programs: Gender justice and local government summit

Namibia: Gender parity in parliament can be a reality!

Namibia: Gender parity in parliament can be 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