GL is an active member of the global 50/50 campaign, and has been active in promoting women’s equal representation and participation in decision-making at local and national levels throughout Southern Africa.


In 2009, Gender Links collaborated with the Gender and Media Southern Africa Network (GEMSA) and the Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC) on a gender, elections and media project in the run-up to the Botswana elections in October 2009.
Gender in the 2009 Botswana elections: Click here
The proportion of women elected in the 1 October 2011 Local Government elections in Lesotho decreased from 58% (2005 elections) to 49.1%. The result reduces the number of women represented at the local level but is considered a more representative reflection of the aspirations of Basotho people and the outcomes of a fairer process to select Local Councillors.
Pamphlet: Getting the balance right
Gender in the 2011 Lesotho Local Government Election: Click here
Fact Sheet: Click here
Malawi is also one of the ten SADC countries that has fallen short of meeting the SADC target of 30 percent women in parliament by 2005. With a mere 25 (or 13 percent) of parliamentary seats held by women it ranks 12th in the region and 87th globally. This is far below the new target of 50 percent by 2015 set in the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development
Gender in the 2009 Malawi Elections: Click here
Fact Sheet: Click here
Gender in the 2010 elections.Click here
Fact Sheet: Click here
Manual: Workshop manual
In Mozambique, leadership of parties is male-dominated and there are few women represented in political party structures. However, women are present in political commissions and at the national council of the parties.
Gender in the 2009 elections.Click here
Workshop Report: Click here
 The November 2009 national elections in Namibia witnessed a backslide as women’s representation in parliament dropped from 30.8 to 24.4%.
Gender in the 2009 Namibian elections: Click here
Fact Sheet: Click here
South Africa
 Gender Links has continued monitoring local and national elections in South Africa and has produced analytic reports on women’s representation local municipal and national elections.
Gender in the 2016 Local Government Elections – Briefing Note 1: Click here
Gender in the 2014 SA National elections: Click here.
Gender in the 2011 SA local government elections: Click here.
Gender in the 2009 SA Elections: Click here
Gender and Leadership Checklist: Click here
Fact Sheet: Click here
Gender in the 2010 elections: Click here
 GL Zambia seeks to partner with like- minded organisations in Zambia, to press home the case for a constitutional or legislated quota. Even if this is not achieved in 2016, it is critical to put the matter on the agenda now.
50/50 Campaign concept note: Click here
Gender in the 2011 Zambia Local Government Election: Click here