New kids on the block

New kids on the block

Date: December 9, 2010
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Mona Hakimi has joined the Communications unit. Mona is a young enthusiastic woman with fresh ideas and excellent IT skills. Mona, welcome to the GL family!

We have another young sweet lady, Asithandile Mbelu, who is working as a volunteer until the holidays in December. Asithandile, or Asi, as she is fondly called, is a student at Wits Universitys studying a BCom in Economics. She is helping out on the 16 Days and at the front desk. We like having young blood around the office. Asi, you are welcome!


Volunteers in our field offices

We have many young men and women in our field offices assisting our Country Facilitators to do their work, especially this hectic period 16 Days of gender activism. You are all welcome and we hope we will get to meet you!

In Zambia, Albert Ngosa is not new to Gender Links. He was attached to GL as an intern for six months from the Zambia Institute of Mass Communication Education Trust (ZAMCOM) from January to July 2010. He is in his final year of completing his Diploma in Journalism and Public Relations.

In Madagascar, Zotonantenaina Razanadratefa is a dynamic young man who has been active in student association and as a youth involved in social development groups like Anti-AIDS Project.

In Namibia, Laurentia Golley is a young woman who enjoys work and has been assisting GL field officers in Namibia from time to time. She is training in Computer and Business Studies.

In Botswana, Oarabile Monggae has been volunteering at GL since November 2008. He completed his Bachelors degree in Social Work at University of Botswana. He enjoys working with people, especially in development work.

In Lesotho, Ntolo Mary Lekau is a teacher by profession. She enjoys reading and writing and working with GL, especially being in touch with women on the ground.

In Mauritius, Mary-Jane Piang-Nee is a young woman who is hard working and has been a volunteer in various organisations, including as an assistant teacher.

In Zimbabwe, Patricia Mahachi is a young woman who is keen on gender issues and has done short courses on leadership and HIV.

Capacity Building

GL Head Office staff submitted their Gender Training Profile of Evidence POE to Kubi Rama to assess their work. During the 16 Days, as part of the gender training assignment, each student will conduct an interview on gender-based violence.


All staff have submitted their leave and most staff will go on leave from 20 December to return in the second week of January 2011. During the holiday season, there will be someone at the office at all times to ensure we are always open and able to attend to any emergency. Note this does not include the season’s public holidays.

Happy Birthday!

Marie Coopan celebrated her birthday on 4 November.
Robinah Sanyangore celebrated her birthday on 25 November
Loga Virahsawmy celebrated her birthday on 27 November.

Beneficiary Analysis

GL staff has been busy writing pieces documenting their learning journey at Gender Links. These will be published as part of a book to coincide with the GL 10-year celebration next year. As well, Shau Madekunye has been coordinating a collection of beneficiary analysis evaluations which all GL staff are asked to fill out. If you haven’t completed yours, please get it to Shau as soon as possible.


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