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Lessons in lockdown: Life is a journey filled with lessons

Lessons in lockdown: Life is a journey filled with lessons

By Ncane Maziya Mbabane, 5 February: Over the past year I experienced rough and tough lessons through my journey. Facing so many challenges both at work and my life has taught me a lot.  As the saying goes, “the road will not be always smooth, in fact throughout our travels we encounter many challenges some […]

January 15, 2021 Themes: Gender equality Programs: GL Commentary Service | News

Zim women councillors to meet President for an Indaba

Zim women councillors to meet President for an Indaba

Harare, 9 December 2020: Zimbabwe Local Government (ZiLGA) in partnership with Gender Links (GL) will host the “Women Councillors Indaba” on 10 December 2020 in Victoria Falls. The event that will be officiated by His Excellency President Emmerson Mnangagwa and will draw more than 300 councillors and local government stakeholders from across the country. ZiLGA […]

Termination of Pregnancy Bill will save lives

Termination of Pregnancy Bill will save lives

By Joseph Kayira Blantyre, 4 December 2020 – Mary (not real name), a 17-year-old high school student in Malawi’s commercial city of Blantyre, was a victim of a violent armed robbery in the capital Lilongwe two years ago. The armed robbers who stormed her aunt’s house situated in Area 36 Township, raped her and her […]

Comprehensive Sexuality Education must be continued

Comprehensive Sexuality Education must be continued

By Shamiso Chigorimbo Johannesburg, 16 October 2020: Members of the Zambia parliament recently shot down a regressive motion that sought suspension of teaching Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in schools pending wider consultations by stakeholders. News reports indicate that majority of Members of Parliament voted against this proposed suspension. While there were Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) […]

Learning journey: We meet to part, we part to meet

Learning journey: We meet to part, we part to meet

By Sifisosami Dube Johannesburg,  Eight years ago I made a career move to be in the trenches of gender equality work. This was a huge milestone in my life as it was my first job as a manager – responsible for five Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) country offices where Gender Links has offices. I […]

October 11, 2020 Themes: Gender equality Programs: News

Child marriages remain a major challenge in SADC

Child marriages remain a major challenge in SADC

Dr Makanatsa Makonese, Harare, 11 October: There has been a flurry of legal battles to end child marriages in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region over the past few years. Successes have been scored on the legal front at both regional and national levels but equally so there have been some noticeable barriers in […]

October 11, 2020 Themes: Children | Reproductive health | Young Women Programs: GL Commentary Service | News

Safe Abortion is Health Care

Safe Abortion is Health Care

By Edinah Masiyiwa, Harare, 28 September: It is time we pass effective laws and policies that promote women’s choices when it comes to keeping or terminating a pregnancy especially now, when it is so difficult for many women and girls to access Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in the COVID-19 era.  We  also […]

October 1, 2020 Themes: Gender equality | Reproductive health Programs: News

NGOs call on Govt to boost gender response to COVID

NGOs call on Govt to boost gender response to COVID

Press release Johannesburg 10 September: Organisations working to promote women’s rights amid COVID-19 have called on the government to intensify gender-responsive solutions to the pandemic, especially gender based violence. In a cyber dialogue sharing experiences of promoting women’s rights during the pandemic, grantees of the Women’s Voice and Leadership Fund acknowledged the efforts made by […]

September 10, 2020 Themes: Gender equality Programs: News

Public transport shortages putting many at risk

Public transport shortages putting many at risk

By Tapiwa Zvaraya Harare, 7 September: The Corona Virus pandemic (COVID-19) has left most public services including health, water, refuse collection and transport in Zimbabwe barely functional. The shortage of public transport in most cities in Zimbabwe, especially the capital Harare has seen growing concerns over the transportation of individuals. While the majority of citizens […]

September 4, 2020 Themes: Local Government | Reproductive health | transport Programs: GL Commentary Service | News

SADC Gender Barometer 2020 Foreword by Dr. T

SADC Gender Barometer 2020 Foreword by Dr. T

By Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng, Johannesburg, 9 August 2020: #VoiceandChoice resonates with the subject closest to my heart: quality sexual and reproductive health services. Without voice there is no choice. Without choice women and girls have little hope of realising their full potential in their public and private lives. Their choices must be supported with access […]