The Safe Haven Halfway Home – Mauritius

The SAFE HAVEN HALFWAY HOME (SHHH) is a temporary shelter for teenage girls who are homeless due to abuse and rejection from family members. September 2017, Gender Links Mauritius opened the first halfway home in Mauritius called Safe Haven. A Halfway Home is a place that serves as a residence for people in need; providing them with the necessary skills […]

Anishta Seesurrun – ‘’Be you for you and always with a smile’’

Anishta Seesurrun – ‘’Be you for you and always with a smile’’

This is the motto of Anishta, 33 years old which she elaborates that this quote is about working on yourself for you to become a role model and a source of inspiration for others, and why the smile because it is a warrior who brings the ups and downs through this fatal arm. Being a […]

October 7, 2019 Themes: Disability Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Flame of Phoenix: Voice for specially abled persons

Flame of Phoenix is an NGO that was started in 2017 by Anishta Seesurrun. It aims “to empower disabled and vulnerable persons through diverse actions”.  The organisation has three main pillars: Empowerment of vulnerable individuals through training and development, she herself serves as an Ambassador for gender-based violence and lastly, the empowerment of individuals who […]

June 26, 2019 Themes: Disability Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Namibia: Sebatian Oaseb

Disability is not an inability. I am a wheel chair bound person of disability. I am proud about it. I do not shy away from duties that able-bodied persons do. I compete in all areas, from politics to sports and many other domains. To my surprise, when I arrived in Windhoek for the SADC Gender […]

October 4, 2018 Themes: Disability | GBV | Gender based violence | Gender equality Programs: Protocol @ work

Swaziland: Sandanezwe Invader’s Craft

Swaziland: Sandanezwe Invader’s Craft and Lifestyle Center empowers disabled artisans and their parents through alien plants and textiles to make clothes. Sandanezwe Invader’s Craft and Lifestyle Center is a start-up, community based social venture which has been established with the purpose of using Chromolaena odorata (Siam weed, paraffienbos, Sandanezwe weed,lubobo, gwayana, triffids weed, coacihuizpatli, Christmas […]

August 17, 2018 Themes: Climate change | Disability Programs: Protocol @ work

Mauritius, EDYCS Epilepsy Group – The ARADI Project

The ARADI Project is a continental disability-oriented strategy that is funded by the EU and CBM to enable 13 PAN African Disability Federations and 14 Youth CSOs to promote the importance of disability rights using AU’s African disability protocol (ADP) and the Model Disability Law (MDL). Edycs Epilepsy Group’s mission is to support research that […]

August 17, 2018 Themes: Disability | Health Programs: Health | Protocol @ work | SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

SADC: Cross border summit for gender justice

SADC: Cross border summit for gender justice

Polokwane, 17 March: The first ever joint SADC Protocol@Work Summit between two countries ended on a high note last night with awards celebrating local efforts to promote gender equality in South Africa and Swaziland. Over 150 participants from Capricorn District Municipality (CDM), Gender Links (GL) Swaziland Centres of Excellence for Gender in Local Government, entrepreneurs […]

International Day for people with disabilities

The estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide face many barriers to inclusion in many key aspects of society. As a result, people with disabilities do not enjoy access to society on an equal basis with others, which includes areas of transportation, employment, and education as well as social and political participation.

November 27, 2016 Themes: Disability Programs: Gender Justice

Disabled women group proves wrong_ Radio Saut_ August 2016

Name of the story: Disabled women group proves wrong Name of the media house: Radio Saut Country: Tanzania Synopsis Brief description of the item of work you submitted and motivation of why it is a good example of gender awareness and sensitivity in advancing gender equality Post-2015. In many societies, women and disabled people are […]

Arrianne Sarah – Mauritius

Arrianne Sarah – Mauritius

I am a handicapped woman and the mother of two children. I suffered from a partial body paralysis after the birth of my daughter 13 years ago and with time my condition deteriorated and I became completely bed ridden. Before the birth of my daughter I used to work in a hotel and helped my family, but after my illness I lost the job. I lost everything. I accepted loneliness as part of my fate. I truly ended up believing that there was no future for handicapped people. However, my good friend Priscilla Bignoux stood by me. She helped me to start going out and mingling with people again. It was only then that I started to see the bright side of life. I started smiling once again.

July 22, 2016 Themes: Disability | Economics Programs: Entrepreneurship