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.

Paridade de Género no parlamento de Moçambique continua ilusivo.

Paridade de Género no parlamento de Moçambique continua ilusivo.

11 de Novembro 2019: A representação das mulheres no parlamento em Moçambique observou um decréscimo de 2,0 ponto percentual nas eleições de outubro. Embora Moçambique tenha um dos melhores desempenhos na Comunidade de Desenvolvimento da África Austral (SADC), o fracasso em alcançar a paridade de género nestas eleições é um retrocesso sério. “Temos apenas mais […]

Gender parity in Mozambique parliament elusive

Gender parity in Mozambique parliament elusive

11 November 2019: Women’s representation in parliament in Mozambique decreased by 2 percentage points the October elections.[1]While Mozambique is one of the better performers in the Southern African development Community (SADC) the failure to reach gender parity in these elections is a serious set-back. “We have only two elections to go before the 2030 deadline for […]

Bots: Gender parity still a distant dream after elections

Bots: Gender parity still a distant dream after elections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Gaborone, 8 November: With just two elections until 2030, the deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the representation of women in the Botswana parliament has increased by just one percentage point from 10% to 11%. A paltry seven women have made it to the Botswana Parliament following the general elections held […]

November 8, 2019 Themes: Human Rights | Politics Programs: Advocacy - 50/50 Campaign | Gender & Governance | News

Vacancy: GL Lesotho Project Coordinator. Closing 22 Nov, 2019

Vacancy: GL Lesotho Project Coordinator. Closing 22 Nov, 2019

Gender Links (GL), a dynamic Southern African NGO headquartered in Johannesburg that promotes gender justice and equality seeks to fill the position of the Project Coordinator for its Lesotho country office. The Project Coordinator will report to the Country Manager and will be based in Maseru, Lesotho. Key performance areas include, but are not limited […]

The road from Beijing to Addis Ababa

The road from Beijing to Addis Ababa

 By Sifisosami Dube Addis Ababa, 5 November : The year 2020 will mark 25 years since the world signed the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA). In the same year, the world will be marking the fifth Anniversary of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. These significant commemorations will  happen against the backdrop of the 25th […]

My power taken away

I was married for 18 years. My first child was born in 1991 and the second one in 1995. I stayed with my in-laws from 1988 until 1998. I was treated like a child, and my husband would give his mother money to buy me clothes. I never knew even a mare R50 from my […]

Treated bad because of my background

My name is Precious . I am 35 years old. In 1999 I started dating and I was clueless about dating, I was 18 years and I fell pregnant by the boy I was in love with. I was not ready to be a mother and the boyfriend’s family did not really like me nor […]

November 4, 2019 Themes: Economic violence | Gender based violence Programs: Gender & Governance

Living beyond HIV

My name is Racheal , and I am a widow. I had two children and they have both passed on, the first was 24 years when he passed, on the 21 April 2018 and the last one was 40 years and passed away on the 10 July 2018 on his birthday. My stepfather abused me […]

November 1, 2019 Themes: Gender based violence | Sexual violence Programs: Gender & Governance

Needed my power back

My name is Mary* at the age of 6 years my mother left us because my father abused her. She was the second wife to my father who was a womaniser. While she was still staying with us she got so sick, so much that we thought she would die. My mother hired a woman […]

November 1, 2019 Themes: Gender based violence Programs: Gender & Governance

My life, my journey. My tears, my strength. Life is exciting yet so cruel.

My name is Mrosa*. I was raised by a single mother together with my four brothers and a sister. My mother had to work hard for us and far away from home in order to put food on the table. She would visit after 3 months. My brothers were barely home most of the time. […]