Intimate partner violence

Eswatini: Emotional abuse often ignored

Eswatini: Emotional abuse often ignored

By Bongiwe Zwane, Mbabane,  7 January: “Had I woken up ten minutes earlier, perhaps I would have saved my daughter,” Nomthandazo Masilela says. The 54-year-old mother of three is still struggling to accept the death of her 30-year-old daughter Temave who committed suicide in 2018 following a long history of emotional abuse by her estranged […]

Jail rapists for life, women in media urge

Jail rapists for life, women in media urge

By Joseph Kayira Blantyre, 6 November 2020 – The Association for Women in Media (AWOME) in Malawi, has demanded that rapists should be jailed for life following increased cases of rape and defilement in the country. The calls follow a gruesome defilement of an 11-year-old girl in Chikwawa, a district in southern Malawi a fortnight […]

Call for stories on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights

Call for stories on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights

Synopsis Gender Links (GL) in its capacity as secretariat for the SADC Gender Protocol Alliance is calling for stories to be published as part of its the Sixteen Days of Activism news series. GL will pay $100 for innovative and in-depth stories in print, radio or video that can be uploaded online. Key dates Submit […]

Three Years of Safe Haven

Three Years of Safe Haven ‘Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time’ – Ruth Bader Ginsburg Background Since its inception in September 2017, Gender Links Safe Haven Halfway Home (SHHH) has been a refuge for 69 residents coming from different socio-economic backgrounds and having known numerous types of violence throughout their lifetime […]

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 […]

Online communities, safe spaces for LGBTI persons

Online communities, safe spaces for LGBTI persons

By Andile Tshuma Bulawayo, 30 April: While freedom of movement has often been taken for granted, people are starting to appreciate small things about life in the era of lockdowns. The raging covid-19 has forced countries to effect lockdowns which have seen people being confined to their homes. While the move to confine people to […]

Violence against women and girls: the shadow pandemic

Violence against women and girls: the shadow pandemic

UN Women Press statement New York, 7 April: With 90 countries in lockdown, four billion people are now sheltering at home from the global contagion of COVID-19. It’s a protective measure, but it brings another deadly danger. We see a shadow pandemic growing, of violence against women. As more countries report infection and lockdown, more […]

ESwatini: Engage men in the elimination of GBV

ESwatini: Engage men in the elimination of GBV

By Ncane Maziya, Mbabane, 11 December : “Sita ungamushayi, ungambulali umakwehlula mbuyisele ekhaya” (please don’t beat or kill her, if you had enough or tired of her take her back to her parental home) On 25 November which was the first day of the 16 Days of Activism, Times of Swaziland published a story  that […]

Zimbabwe: I have never known any happiness in my life

I grew up staying with my maternal grandfather after my parents divorced. My mother then behaved like a loose cannon and was well known for bedding other women’s husbands. My grandfather did not condone her behaviour and she sent her away from his homestead. She returned after several years when she was seriously ill and […]

October 10, 2019 Themes: Gender based violence | Intimate partner violence Programs: Gender Justice

Zimbabwe: Unhappy in my marriage

My name is Martha* I am a married woman aged 40. I went to school up to tertiary education level. At ordinary level I passed five subjects and I proceeded to do a diploma Religious Studies. I now have four children.  Currently, I am teaching at a private school and lowly paid. My husband is […]