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.

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

Lavumisa Town Board COE

Fact file Country Eswatini Province/Region  Shiselweni Baseline score  – 2013  62 Latest score – 2015  83 Population  2000 Number of women councillors  1 Number of men councillors  4 Joined the COE programme  2011 Anchored Entrepreneurship Programme  yes Summit 2018 Lavumisa is a small town with a population that is manageable. Most people in this town […]

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

Manzini Municipal COE

Fact file Country Swaziland Province/Region  Manzini Baseline score  – 2013  58 Latest score – 2015  81 Population  110 337 Number of women councillors  7 Number of men councillors  5 Joined the COE programme  2013 Anchored Entrepreneurship Programme  Yes Summit 2015 Manzini City Council has no gender policy in place. A stage three council level workshop […]

Mbabane Municipal COE

  Fact file Country Swaziland Province/Region  Mbabane Baseline score  55% Latest score  55% Population 94874 Number of women councillors  0 Number of men councillors  12 Joined the COE programme  2012 Anchored Entrepreneurship Programme  Yes Summit 2017 The city of Mbabane is the capital of Swaziland, it is located north-west of the country, 23km from the […]

Matsapha COE

Fact file Country Swaziland Province/Region  Matsapha Baseline score  – 2013 Latest score – 2015 Population  7600 Number of women councillors  2 Number of men councillors  6 Joined the COE programme  2010 Anchored Entrepreneurship Programme  Yes Summit 2015 Over the years Matsapha has been gaining importance and recognition as the country’s industrial hub. It is one […]

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

Siteki COE

Fact file: Siteki is located in the east of the country, in the Lubombo region between Manzini and the border with Mozambique. Country Swaziland Province/Region  Lubombo Baseline score  – 2013 Latest score – 2015 Population 6152 Number of women councillors  1 Number of men councillors  7 Joined the COE programme  2013 Anchored Entrepreneurship Programme  Yes […]

Summit 2019:Gaborone City Council

The council’s gender champion is Mr. O.K Mafala who is the Deputy Town Clerk and the gender focal person is Ms. K Segokgo. Female representation in the council stands at 18.2%in the council’s management which is a 4% less than the previous year and at 43.9% of the entire staff. Gender Policy The council has […]

Summit 2019:Selebi Phikwe Town Council

The council’s gender champion is Tladi Pilane, who is also the Chief of the town’s fire department and the gender focal person is Lame Osupile Gender Policy The council does not have a gender policy but it has an action plan that incorporates the Post 2015 SADC Gender Protocol, SDGs. Governance There council has 6 […]

Summit 2019:Tutume Sub District Council

The council’s gender champion is Mr. Selatolo and the gender focal person is Ms Maipelo Gloria Gaketlou. Gender Policy The council has no gender policy or gender action plan. Governance There are 3 council women amongst 25 men. Women make up 45% of the council management and 61% of the overall staff. Only one woman holds […]

South Africa: VoiceandChoice Summit 2019

                                 2019 SADC PROTOCOL@WORK SUMMITS AND AWARDS South Africa #VoiceandChoice Summit 2019 Local Action for a strong 2030 A-gender in Southern Africa! VENUE: Kopanong Hotel & Conference Centre, Benoni DATE: 27-28 June 2019       Executive summary This report offers a summary of the events that took place at the South Africa #VoiceandChoice Summit […]