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: Machiveyi Makore

Zimbabwe: Machiveyi Makore

“I raise my voice so that those without a voice can be heard”. ” Education is life, girl child has life lets educate her.” Name Machiveyi Surname Makore Sex ü   Female     Name of Organisation Zvimba Rural District Council Designation Councillor Country Zimbabwe Province Mashonaland West City/ Town/ Village Murombedzi Email   machimakore@gmail.com Cell […]

May 17, 2021 Themes: Drivers of Change | Local Government Programs: Gender & Governance

Zimbabwe: Grace Nyikavaranda

Zimbabwe: Grace Nyikavaranda

” … it might have been the typical male employee’s thought that “female” was pronounced with “vulnerable” in between.”   Fact file: Name GRACE Surname NYIKAVARANDA Sex ü  Female   ¨ Male Name of Organisation ZIBAGWE RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL Designation GENDER FOCAL PERSON Country ZIMBABWE Province MIDLANDS City/ Town/ Village KWEKWE Email   gnyica77@gmail.com Cell […]

May 14, 2021 Themes: Drivers of Change | Local Government Programs: Gender & Governance

Zimbabwe: Fadzai B.R.Merka

Zimbabwe: Fadzai B.R.Merka

Name Fadzai B.R Surname Merka Sex ü  Female   ¨ Male Name of Organisation Zibagwe Rural District Council Designation Junior Councilor Country Zimbabwe Province Midlands City/ Town/ Village Kwekwe, Zhombe Email   fadzaibritneyrusike@gmail.com Cell e.g. 00 27 82 665 1742 +263 714361632 Age Group (please tick) oYounger than 18 ü  18-25 26-40 o 41-50o 51-60 […]

May 14, 2021 Themes: Local Government | Youth Programs: Gender & Governance

Zimbabwe :Idirashe Dongo

Zimbabwe :Idirashe Dongo

Name Idirashe Surname Dongo Sex ü  Female   ¨ Male Name of Organisation Zibagwe Rural District Council Designation Gender Champion Country Zimbabwe Province Midlands City/ Town/ Village Kwekwe Email   Idirashedongo0506@gmail.com Cell e.g. 00 27 82 665 1742 00263772815134 Age Group (please tick) oYounger than 18 18-25o 26-40 ü 41-50o 51-60 o 60 +    o […]

May 14, 2021 Themes: Drivers of Change | Local Government Programs: Gender & Governance

Zimbabwe: Chipo Violet Guta

Zimbabwe: Chipo Violet Guta

Name CHIPO VIOLET Surname KUTA Sex  Female     Name of Organisation MVURWI TOWN COUNCIL Designation COUNCILLOR Country ZIMBABWE Province MASHONALAND CENTRAL City/ Town/ Village MVURWI Email   mvtowncouncil@gmail.com Cell e.g. 00 27 82 665 1742 +263771603425/ +263719603425 Age Group (please tick)           60+ Education level   Secondary school     […]

May 14, 2021 Themes: Drivers of Change | Local Government Programs: Gender & Governance

Zimbabwe: Letwin Watambwa

Zimbabwe: Letwin Watambwa

Name LETWIN Surname WATAMBWA Sex  Female   Name of Organisation MVURWI TOWN COUNCIL Designation HOUSING AND COMMUNITY SERVICES OFFICER Country ZIMBABWE Province MASHONALAND CENTRAL City/ Town/ Village MVURWI Email   Wattslee86@gmail.com Cell e.g. 00 27 82 665 1742 +263772622844 Age Group (please tick) 51-60 o Education level Tertiary o First met GL 2010 Event Encounters […]

May 14, 2021 Themes: Drivers of Change | Local Government Programs: Gender & Governance

Zimbabwe: Leobah Dube

Zimbabwe: Leobah Dube

“When l look at my life I thank God for what He has done like John the Baptist He gave me light. I was blind like Batmeaus until one day I met Gender Links and my life was changed. Now I know that one day I will have a firm and brighter future all because […]

May 13, 2021 Themes: Drivers of Change | GBV | Local Government | Youth Programs: Gender & Governance

Selina Maridza

“SADC Protocol on Gender and Development was not understood by me until Gender Links came. It was the first time I would acknowledge SADC.” Fact file Example:   Name of beneficiary Selina Country Maridza Organisation City of Masvingo Designation Councillor City/ Town/ Village Masvingo GL Programme   GL staff member submitting Changing Lives Loga Virahsawmy […]

May 13, 2021 Themes: Drivers of Change | Local Government Programs: Gender & Governance

Zimbabwe: Ropafadzo Makumire

Zimbabwe: Ropafadzo Makumire

“As the vice chairperson of Council, I would like to see more women employed in Council and participating in politics, so that we are able to reach our SADC Protocol targets.” “I have always been a gender champion at heart, but I was never actively participated in gender efforts until I met Gender Links. The […]

May 13, 2021 Themes: Drivers of Change | Local Government Programs: Gender & Governance

Zimbabwe: Wayne Dawara

Zimbabwe: Wayne Dawara

“As an outgoing Junior Council Chairperson, I look forward to continue working with Council and Gender Links after my term of office is over. The youth, just like adults, have a role to play in changing the lives of community members” “I never knew the difference between sex and gender until I met Gender Links. […]