Sexual violence

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 […]

Teen pregnancies may rise amid school closures

Teen pregnancies may rise amid school closures

By Winston Mwale Lilongwe, 4 May: In Africa, where health expert’s fear thousands of people might die due to the novel  Corona virus, the pandemic has quickly evolved from a health care crisis to an educational one, as governments on the continent closed schools in an attempt to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. While countries appear […]

Tanzania: Teenage pregnancy threaten girls’ education

Tanzania: Teenage pregnancy threaten girls’ education

By John Namkwahe Arusha, 27 November: Coming from a poor family, Sarah* from Sekei in Arusha, Tanzania, this year dropped out of school due to pregnancy. “It was difficult to continue with studies because of my appearance,” explains the 13-year-old girl with a very small stature A story behind Sarah’s teenage pregnancy is being told […]

February 21, 2020 Themes: Child Abuse | GBV | Health | Reproductive health | Sexual violence | Young Women Programs: Advocacy

SADC Gender Protocol Barometer 2019

The 2019 SADC Gender Protocol Barometer breaks with past tradition in focusing solely on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. Measuring 100 indicators across seven themes, the Barometer is the first civil society shadow report on SADC’s new SRHR Strategy Score Card, ranking countries based on their performance, while offering detailed analysis and insights into […]

Protocols and Service Standards for Prevention and Management of Gender-based Violence for Health Care Providers

These protocols and service standards are designed to support the Ministry of Health Strategic Plan and other existing Government and African regional and continental policies to effectively integrate gender-based violence prevention and management issues in health services. This includes a protocol for clinical management for survivors of sexual violence.

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

Zimbabwe: Lived as a sex slave

My name is TT* I grew up living with my uncle, my mother’s elder brother. My father had passed away and I was left with only my mother to take care of me. My mother had no source of income and she was depending on my uncle for survival and that is the reason why […]

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

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. ABOUT US  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 […]