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Gender & Governance
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The gender and governance programme has grown out of various research and advocacy projects which aim to promote equal representation and effective participation of women in decision-making. The programme has now grown into a regionally recognised programme, and in 2010 it won the Mail and Guardian "Investing in the Future" award in the non-profit category for recognising the importance of working with local government to bring about social change in Southern Africa. Click here to view programme progress from the latest annual report.

The Centres of Excellence for Gender Mainstreaming in Local Government brings together all GL’s core programmes focusing these in ten localities in each of ten countries that GL works every year. Research provides the evidence for the work; this informs policies and action plans which are advocated in various ways. The COE’s represent a unique, on–the-job approach to training. Evidence shows that this approach is changing lives.

Over the years, Gender Links has assisted local authorities in developing flagship projects for ending gender based violence, and empowering survivors of violence through entrepreneurship training. This initiative was brought alive to give effect to the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development.  Watch the video which showcases the innovative work being done by Gender Links in 431 local authorities across Southern Africa.


Tsoili-Tsoili COE

28 July 15
Regional relevance: Lesotho

Thaba-Mokhele COE

28 July 15
Regional relevance: Lesotho

Qibing COE

28 July 15
Regional relevance: Lesotho

Phuthiatsana COE

28 July 15
Regional relevance: Lesotho

Motanasela COE

28 July 15
Regional relevance: Lesotho

GL welcomes the appointment of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to head UNWOMEN

10 July 13
Regional relevance: International
Gender Links has welcomed the appointment of former Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to head UNWOMEN as a “proud moment for the women of Africa and the world!” In a statement issued today, GL CEO Colleen Lowe Morna described Mlambo-Ngcuka as “a woman of substance, who has taken gender equality concerns... [read more]

Swaziland: Urgent action needed to boost women in decision-making

08 November 12
Regional relevance: Swaziland
Gender Links (GL) is calling on the Government of Swaziland to institute a legislated quota to increase the representation of women in all areas of politics and decision-making following the just-ended urban local elections. [read more]

Swaziland launches 50/50 campaign ahead of local elections

09 October 12
Regional relevance: Swaziland
Increasing the representation of women in politics and decision-making is an opportunity to improve the quality of governance and also the right thing to do, as women constitute more than 52% of the population. This is the key message of government and international representatives that spoke yesterday at the launch... [read more]

Third Gender Justice and Local Government Summit

21 April 12 | (1) Comment
Regional relevance: Southern Africa (SADC)
Approximately 280 participants from ten Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries will converge in Johannesburg (Kopanong Hotel), South Africa from 23-25 April 2012 for the third Annual Gender Justice and Local Government Summit. South Africa Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities,... [read more]

Namibia Gender Justice and Local Government Summit calls for more accountability around the targets of the SADC Protocol

13 April 12
Regional relevance: Namibia
Delegates to the first Namibia Gender Justice and Local Government Summit have called on the government and civil society organisations to take special measures to ensure more accountability in reaching the 28 targets of the SADC Protocol of Gender and Development that Namibia is a signatory to. 2015 is around the... [read more]
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