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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.


South Africa: Menstrual hygiene - comfort, dignity and a health issue concern

06 October 15
Regional relevance: South Africa
Johannesburg, 6 October: The UN General Assembly has just adopted the Sustainable Development Goals. These go beyond demanding equal rights to education for girls and boys. They also demand equal participation and completion rates. [read more]

Bénin : Le militantisme féminin a encore du chemin à faire

05 October 15
Regional relevance: Africa
Cotonou, 5 octobre : La représentation des Béninoises en politique est encore à la traîne. Il y a eu quelques figures de proue qui ont donné l’exemple dans le passé mais le militantisme féminin peine encore à émerger. C’est le constat d’Isabelle Otchoumare, journaliste radio, qui fait un état des... [read more]

Côte d’Ivoire: L’école obligatoire, levier de la scolarisation de la petite fille

05 October 15
Regional relevance: Africa
En 20 ans, la population analphabète a diminué par plus de 100 millions dans le monde, selon l’UNESCO, qui note toutefois de «graves inégalités» entre les pays. La plupart des enfants et adolescents non scolarisés sont des filles qui vivent en Afrique subsaharienne et en Asie du sud et de l’ouest. La... [read more]

Côte d’Ivoire : Un projet pédagogique offre aux filles une chance d’être scolarisées le plus longtemps possible

28 September 15
Regional relevance: Africa
En Côte d’Ivoire, le maintien des filles à l’école jusqu’à la fin du cycle primaire au moins, est tout autant préoccupant. Parmi les enfants de 11 ans, seulement 17% sont susceptibles d’achever le cycle primaire contre 15% pour les filles. La situation est plus grave dans les régions du Nord (4%) et du... [read more]

Côte d’Ivoire: Une fondation œuvre pour «zéro naissance en prison »

28 September 15
Regional relevance: Africa
En Côte d’Ivoire, des enfants naissent, grandissent et apprennent à parler dans l’univers carcéral parce que leur mère est condamnée à purger une peine de prison. Vivant dans une promiscuité avec des prisonniers ayant commis divers délits, ils sont ainsi privés de leurs droits fondamentaux. [read more]

Zimbabwe: Disability and HIV - a sign of the times

25 September 15
Regional relevance: Zimbabwe
Harare, 25 September: Gleams of inexplicable joy could be seen all over her face as she walked out of the New Start Centre that does HIV testing. Loveness*, a deaf and dumb youth had just been told she is HIV positive. [read more]

Maurice: L’information et l’éducation, les meilleures armes contre les inégalités sociales

21 September 15
Regional relevance: Mauritius
Port-Louis, 21 septembre: Pour combattre l’exclusion sociale, il faut combattre les inégalités. Et c’est justement ce à quoi le Mouvement pour le Progrès de Roche-Bois (MPRB), organisation non gouvernementale établie à Roche-Bois, faubourg de Port-Louis, capitale de Maurice, s’attèle depuis 22 ans. Ce... [read more]

Burkina Faso: Une loi pour réprimer les violences à l’égard des femmes votée

15 September 15
Regional relevance: Africa
Ouagadougou, 15 septembre: Une nouvelle loi a été votée le 6 septembre 2015 par le Conseil national de la transition, soit l'Assemblée nationale de la transition burkinabé. [read more]

International: Peacekeeping Training For Female Officers Salutes Role Played by Women in the Military

10 September 15
Regional relevance: South Africa
Pretoria, September 10 - The second UN peacekeeping training for female officers, convened by UN Women in collaboration with the South African government, kicked off to a great start yesterday morning at the South African Army School's Peace Mission Training Centre in Pretoria, South Africa's capital. [read more]

Southern Africa: Time for tough questions about the reed dances

07 September 15
Regional relevance: Southern Africa (SADC)
Johannesburg, 7 September: The Umkhosi woMhlanga reed dance takes place in KwaZulu-Natal this week, under the shadow of the terrible accident that led to dozens of Swazi maidens being thrown out of an open truck and crushed to death ahead of a similar ceremony in the mountain kingdom at the close of Women's Month... [read more]
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