GL is running a series of cyber dialogues linked to the 2020 SADC Gender Barometer from 11 August to 10 December.

To join the dialogue please sign up or login to the Southern Africa Gender Community (SGC). After logging in, click on the “Cyber Dialogues” icon. Click the “Join Meeting” button on the meeting details presented. Please note that only members of the SGC can join the Cyber Dialogue. You can also download the app on your phone by going to the App Store and searching for Gender Links.  Click here to access the Gender and COVID-19 resources.


Key documents Related links
Fri 18 Sept 2020: Economic justice
Promoting Women’s economic empowerment during COVID-19 2020 Voice and Choice Barometer: Economic Justice chapter

Radio spot: Economic Justice

News article: Cross border traders losing source of livelihood.

News article: Unpaid care & domestic work increasing during lock down

News article: Covid-19 hits small scale business hard

Resources: Economic justice and COVID-19

28 Sep 2020: Safe abortion
Ensuring reproductive justice through safeguarding abortion access and rights during COVID -19 2020 Voice and Choice Barometer: Safe Abortion chapter

Radio spot: Safe abortion
News article: Unplanned pregnancies & unsafe abortions may rise due to lock down

News article: Lockdowns may increase unsafe and illegal abortions

Resources: Safe abortion and COVID-19 resources

Fri 2 Oct 2020: Sexual diversity
Sexual diversity 2020 Voice and Choice Barometer: Sexual Diversity chapter

Radio spot: Key populations

News article: Online communities, safe spaces for LGBTI+

News article: LGBTI people in Covid19 lockdown distress

News article: LGBTI+ people facing discrimination & GBV

Resources: Gender and COVID-19 resources

Mon 12 Oct 2020: Comprehensive sex education
Ensuring access to youth-friendly SRHR services, and Comprehensive Sexuality Education 2020 Voice and Choice Barometer: Adolescent SRHR chapter

Radio spot: Comprehensive sex education

Radio spot: Teenage pregnancies

TV talk show: Potential impact of COVID-19 on teenage pregnancies

Radio spot: Menstrual Health in Madagascar

Rapid assessment of ASRHR in 6 SADC countries

Barometer 2020 video ASRHR chapter

Resources: ASRHR and COVID-19

Mon 26 Oct 2020: Gender, COVID-19 and climate change
Gender equality and climate action to improve food security in Southern Africa 2020 Voice and Choice Barometer: Climate change chapter

Radio spot: Food security
News article: Put gender lens in fighting climate change

News article: Food flows providing food to vulnerable communities

News article: Climate Change Barometer Chapter

Resources: Climate change and COVID-19

Fri 20 Nov 2020: Gender, media and COVID
Launch of Gender and Media Progress Study Whose News Whose Views 2020 Gender and Media Progress Study: Whose News, Whose Views 2020

Radio spot: Media

News article: Covid-19 calls for shift in journalism education

News article: Women lack access to Covid-19 information

News article: Media & Covid-19 experiences of female journalists

Resources: Media and COVID-19

Wed 25 Nov 2020: Gender-based violence
Launch of Sixteen Days of Activism Fighting GBV amid Corona virus in Southern Africa 2020 Voice and Choice Barometer: Gender Based Violence chapter

Radio spot: Gender based violence in Southern Africa

Radio talk show: GBV in Madagascar

News article: Efforts made to counter GBV in COVID-19 crisis

News article: Economic vulnerabilities push up GBV in Zimbabwe

News article: Violences en période de confinement: les victimes ont peu d’espoir pour que justice soit rendu

Resources: GBV and COVID-19

Mon 2 Dec 2020: HIV and AIDS
COVID-19 threatening efforts to roll back gains on ending HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa 2020 Voice and Choice Barometer: HIV and AIDS chapter

Radio spot: HIV and AIDS

News article: Botswana’s HIV response impacted by COVID-19

News article: Lockdown threatens adherence to antiretroviral treatment

News article: HIV testing and treatment in the time of COVID-19

News article: Les patients atteints du VIH-SIDA sont parmi les plus vulnérables en cette période d’urgence sanitaire.

News article: Covid-19 affecting HIV treatment

News article: Covid-19 will further burden people living with HIV

Resources: HIV/AIDS and COVID-19

Mon 6 Dec 2020: Harmful practices
Harmful practices 2020 Voice and Choice Barometer: Harmful practices chapter

Radio spot:  Child Marriages

Radio programme: Early child marriages – Lesotho

Resources: Harmful practices and COVID-19

Thurs 10 Dec 2020: Day of Commitment
Day of commitment to 365 days of action to promote women’s rights and girls rights in Southern Africa 2020 Voice and Choice Barometer
Tues 11 Aug 2020: Women and the Electoral System in SA 11.00 to 13.00 (SA time).
Join the dialogue
Asikhulume, Ha re bue – lets talk
Concept Note;
Summary of Consitutional Court ruling
Radio spot: Gender and governance

News article: SA – More women than men now infected by COVID-19

News article: Adopt gender responsive governance to address COVID-19

News article: Women under-represented in COVID-19 response taskforce

Resources: Governance and COVID-19

Mon 17 Aug 2020: Launch of Southern Africa #VoiceandChoice Barometer 2020 14h00 – 16h00 (SA time)
Launch of Southern Africa Barometer 2020: #VoiceandChoice in the time of COVID-19

Executive Summary: EnglishFrench and Portuguese.

Foreword by Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng

Press release: Barometer launch

#VoiceandChoice Barometer 2020

Forum: Join the discussion

Fri 28 Aug 2020: Gender and COVID-19: Voices from the ground
Gender and COVID-19: Voices from the ground

Local Government gender and SRHR checklist for COVID-19 and other public health emergencies

This Woman’s Month join Women’s Voice Leadership, South Africa (WVL-SA) – Rapid Response Grantees hold a discussion on their experiences during COVID-19 and the government’s response to the pandemic.
Tue 8 Sept 2020: Maternal and menstrual health
Maternal and menstrual Health 2020 Voice and Choice Barometer: Sexual and Reproductive Health chapter

Radio spot: Maternal and menstrual health

Radio spot: Maternal Health: Lesotho

Radio spot: Menstrual Health:  Madagascar

Resources: Maternal and menstrual health and COVID-19