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 still missing from politics

A report released by Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF) has confirmed that recent elections in Zambia failed to address the gender gap in terms of women?s participation in elections. If Zambia is going to meet the Southern African Development Community (SADC) goal of 50% women in decision-making positions, government must take action to create paths for women?s participation.

Divorce cases soar ? High court judge, The Herald

The article ?Divorce cases soar- High Court Judge? concerns a soaring number of divorce cases attributed to the increasing number of Zimbabweans leaving the country in search of greener pastures.

Local government vanguard in ending gender violence

At no other level are the stark realities of violence against women and children more evident than at local government. At a recent workshop organised by the Gender Advocacy Programme (GAP), a group of participants from rural communities, local councils and community media discussed a range of issues including women in the media, local government and citizen participation.

I can do it

This advert encourages women to vote in the 2008 harmonised elections in Zimbabwe. It shows a young woman holding a baby.

No woman for president in Tanzania

The Tanzanian government has gone to great lengths to ensure an increase in the number of women in parliament and that more women contest the elections. Despite this, chances are slim that the countries’ next president will be a woman.

?Ignore men, vote women?, The Daily Times

The first deputy speaker of Parliament has appealed to political parties in the country to filed and support women candidates during the forthcoming elections.

What women bring to local politics

What women bring to local politics

Kaija Shililifa is an even-tempered woman. However, when the male colleagues in the seven-member council of Tsumeb in Namibia, on which she is the only woman councillor, wanted to turn down an application by a woman to set up a car wash, she blew a fuse.

Miss Malawi to contest in elections

Miss Malawi to contest in elections

Reigning Miss Malawi Perth Msiska is jumping on the campaign trail, aspiring to contest on the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) ticket for Blantyre West constituency in the country’s 2009 elections. For a country lagging behind when it comes to gender equality in politics, with just under 14% of the 193 members of parliament being women, Msiska’s political aspirations will serve as an example to the country.

Political parties must commit to gender ahead of elections

The 2009 Malawi presidential and parliamentary elections are gripping in more than one aspect. Not only will these be one of the most hotly contested since the dawn of multi-party politics in 1993, but ironically the ruling Democratic People’s Party (DPP) will contest for the first time after assuming power through the back door. The elections are also significant potential opportunity for increasing participation of women.

Budget to create opportunities for women

When it comes to gender equality, legislation and awareness is vital, but the budgets to back them up are what has the potential to transform reality. Gender blind budgets have been to the detriment of women all over the world.