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What is the Gender Links News Service?

The Gender Links News Service, formerly known as the Gender Links Opinion and Commentary Service is an innovative multi-media project of Gender Links, a Southern African NGO that promotes gender equality in and through the media, to provide the media with fresh views and voices on current affairs. The service has its roots in the Gender and Media Baseline Study (GMBS), which showed that women's voices and gender issues are grossly under-represented in the media. The service is not only multimedia and of regional relevance, but is tri-lingual, with news and opinion in English, Portuguese and French.

The English service is anchored in Johannesburg, South Africa covering news from Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The French service is based in Mauritius which receives contributions from DRC, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles. The Portuguese Service was launched in 2011. It is anchored in Maputo, carrying stories from Mozambique and Angola.

Why contribute?

  • The media is one of the most powerful forces for influencing societal attitudes and perceptions.
  • As a contributor of the GL News Service, you have the opportunity to share your opinions, and stories with thousands of people across the region and beyond. Through your contribution, you are helping create communication for change that promotes justice and equality.
  • Your work will be distributed throughout the SADC region to our subscribers as well as other media houses for republishing and rebroadcast.
  • The media often call upon GL Service contributors for comment and often work is republished and rebroadcasted internationally on numerous online media platforms.
  • All work is published on our website and on all our social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
  • You can contribute using your preferred medium or any medium you specialise in audio, audio-visual and writing.
  • It’s a good and easy way to get your voice heard, get your work out there and build up your portfolio.
  • Depending on the quality, GL may pay you a small honorarium for your work.

How to contribute?

*When publishing articles from the Gender Links News Service, the Service must be cited.


Southern Africa: Community action key to ending AIDS by 2030

27 August 15
Regional relevance: South Africa
Johannesburg, 27 August: UNAIDS has set ambitious targets to end AIDS by 2030. That may be a distant dream. Or it may be the rallying call that will draw communities once more to the fore. [read more]

Southern Africa: HIV overshadows women's health gains

26 August 15
Regional relevance: Southern Africa (SADC)
Johannesburg 26 August: The health agenda in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) since the adoption of the Protocol on Gender and Development in 2008 has been largely overshadowed by HIV and AIDS. [read more]

Côte d'Ivoire : Le programme Super Go, modèle d'éducation sexuelle pour les jeunes filles

25 August 15
Regional relevance: DRC
Abidjan, 25 août: Avec une prévalence du VIH/SIDA de 4,7% avant 2010, la Côte d'Ivoire était le pays le plus affecté de la sous-région ouest africaine où la pandémie sévit depuis 1985, date de la découverte des premiers cas. [read more]

Southern Africa: Customary practices make a mockery of new Constitutions

25 August 15
Regional relevance: Southern Africa (SADC)
Johannesburg, 25 August: South Africa has one of the most progressive constitutions in the world. Despite this, President Jacob Zuma advocates for polygamy using the argument that it is freedom to practise ones culture. [read more]

Southern Africa: Wanted - gender equality in grand industrialisation plans

24 August 15
Regional relevance: Southern Africa (SADC)
Johannesburg 24 August: Failure to prioritise gender equality in Southern Africa threatens to hamper the attainment of the ambitious yet progressive SADC Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap prioritised by Heads of State at their recent 35th Summit in Botswana. [read more]

Madagascar : Hommes et femmes, ensemble dans l’exode urbain

23 August 15
Regional relevance: Madagascar
Démarrer une nouvelle vie semble parfois impossible surtout quand on a perdu la majeure partie de ses biens. Des milliers de familles malgaches ont accepté de quitter la capitale Antananarivo pour rejoindre une "terre promise" dans l’optique de prendre un nouveau départ. [read more]

Maurice : Le pays est égratigné par le département d’Etat américain par rapport au trafic humain

23 August 15
Regional relevance: Mauritius
Maurice, 23 août: 1835-2015. Cela fait 180 ans que les chaines de l’esclavage ont été brisées et que cette pratique a été abolie dans l’ile. Une date commémorative lui a même été attribuée, soit le 1er février, décrété jour férié dans l’ile. Mais entre 1835 et 2015, force est de constater que... [read more]

Southern Africa: Ending gender violence key to the Post 2015 agenda

21 August 15
Regional relevance: Southern Africa (SADC)
Johannesburg, 21 August: It is August 2015: the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the 28 targets of the SADC Gender Protocol are expiring. [read more]

Southern Africa: Numbers do not tell the full story about education

20 August 15
Regional relevance: Southern Africa (SADC)
Johannesburg, 19 August: If average numbers told the full story, Southern Africa would be flying high on gender and education. In most countries, there are now equal numbers of girls and boys in schools - all the way up to tertiary level. [read more]

Southern Africa: Women still missing from the corridors of power

19 August 15
Regional relevance: Southern Africa (SADC)
Gaborone, 19 August: The SADC Heads of State ended their 35th summit yesterday with a bland communique congratulating countries that have made progress in increasing women's political representation and urging others to follow suit. [read more]
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