Women in Politics

Same Bathobakae – Botswana

Same Bathobakae – Botswana

Always impeccably turned out, Same Bathobakae, Secretary General of the BNF Women’s League, new Chairperson of the South East District Council (SEDC) and BNF councillor (Tloweng) exudes quiet confidence and humility. When she became a councillor in 2004 she was the only woman from opposition. She says she told herself “I am going to show them I can do my work, I have no fear.”

Constance Bangani – Zimbabwe

Constance Bangani – Zimbabwe

Caroline Munjoma and I are the twin councilors of Chimanimani. In my position, I enjoy being at the forefront of development. I am now working with different partners like AREX, different NGO’s, police, health workers, different ministries, business men and chiefs. I have been able to work with many more stakeholders, since Gender Links taught us how to network.

Irma Haritiana Rakotomalala – Madagascar

Irma Haritiana Rakotomalala – Madagascar

Women are slowly starting to take spaces for themselves. We are putting out the message, saying ‘look at us, and see what we are capable of doing.’ This gives me a lot of hope for the future.

Marie Chantal Razanamasy – Madagascar

Marie Chantal Razanamasy – Madagascar

Gender Links has helped us frame the issue of gender, and communicate it effectively. When we can take the issue of gender out to local communities, that’s when we’ll start seeing women’s participation pick up. We are already seeing changes come from our activities. Now, people are more aware of different forms of violence, and they feel like there are ways of responding to them. Now that we can discuss GBV as a human rights issue, it doesn’t stay behind closed doors at home. We have created a committee to support the fight against violence at a local level. This has been very effective, because people feel like there are structures there to support them. They have someone to contact.

Lantoharitiana Ranoromalala – Madagascar

Lantoharitiana Ranoromalala – Madagascar

I hope to be a champion for gender in my work in the future. I hope to bring my colleagues on board to promote gender in their work. The more I learn about how to communicate on gender issues, the more confidence I have that I will be successful. We have a lot of work to do; you find very few women working in the civil service in Madagascar. And in other areas of government, representation is even lower. We need to see what we can do to change this.

Grace Bhembe – Swaziland

Grace Bhembe – Swaziland

Grace Bhembe, of Mbabane City Council is the only woman councillor in the capital city of Swaziland. Grace works as a personal secretary to the Principal Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism. She also coordinates the wellness programme in the ministry.

July 1, 2015 Themes: Politics Programs: Gender & Governance | Women in Politics

Holly Dzuda, Zimbabwe

Holly Dzuda, Zimbabwe

I am a councillor of Ward 2 in Gweru urban in Zimbabwe. I collect problems from the people within the community and present them to council. I am more active with women’s problems, especially when it comes to their belongings being taken and when there are cases of domestic abuse. I call meetings with the communities, to hear issues and concerns. I am also a full-time housewife.

July 1, 2015 Themes: Politics Programs: Gender & Governance | Women in Politics

Anna Murigwa, Zimbabwe

Anna Murigwa, Zimbabwe

I am a humble widow hailing from the coolest mountainous landscape in Zimbabwe popularly known as “Kumakomoyo,À the province of diamonds, or the Eastern Highlands. I live and work in Rusape. I am a Committees Officer at Makoni Rural District Council that also doubles up as an Administration Officer.

July 1, 2015 Themes: Politics Programs: Gender & Governance | Women in Politics

Thato Mokuena, Lesotho

Thato Mokuena, Lesotho

Thato Mokuena is a councillor of the Senekane Community Council in Lesotho, she first met Gender Links in 2012 for the Centres of Excellence workshop programme through her council.

July 1, 2015 Themes: Politics Programs: Gender & Governance | Women in Politics

Manoosi Khetsi, Lesotho

Manoosi Khetsi, Lesotho

Manoosi Khetsi is a well respected and very powerful woman in her village, both in politics and in other social development activities.

July 1, 2015 Themes: Politics Programs: Gender & Governance | Women in Politics