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GL Opinion and Commentary Service
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The Gender Links (GL) Opinion and Commentary Service provides mainstream media with fresh perspectives on everyday news. The Service is available in English, French and Portuguese.


The key activities for the GL Service are:

  • Commissioning and editing of articles for service
  • Working with writers online to improve skills and stories, as well as recruiting new writers and increasing number of writers to the service.
  • Strengthening the reach and distribution by marketing articles and developing and strengthening relationships with editors in South Africa and the region.
  • Tracking the use of the service

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Initiated in 2003, the English service aims to produce ten opinion pieces each month from writers across Africa and beyond on topical news items. To contribute to the English service, send your story ideas to editor@genderlinks.org.za

The Francophone Service is also available and is anchored in the GL Francophone office. The service produces an average of eight articles every month different from those produced on the English Service. The Francophone Service caters for all French readers and receives contributions from DRC, Madagascar and Mauritius. To contribute to the French Service, send your story ideas to francophone@genderlinks.org.za

Launched in 2011, the Portuguese Service is anchored in the GL Lusophone office. It aims to produce news on various issues including gender and climate change, an issue that affects Mozambique most. Journalists from Mozambique have been recipients of the GL gender and climate change reporting and the gender and economic reporting. The service will soon expand to Angola. To contribute to the Portuguese Service, send your story idea to lusophone@genderlinks.org.za

The articles on all services are uploaded on the GL website for online viewing and sent via the GL list - serve. The French and Portuguese articles are sent to the Francophone and Lusophone list-serves respectively. The pieces are also sent to editors in the region and beyond for republishing in their newspapers and other media outlets.

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*When publishing articles from the Gender Links Opinion and Commentary Service, the Service must be cited.


Des Congolaises occupent progressivement des postes de direction

16 December 14
Regional relevance: DRC
Des femmes en République démocratique du Congo (RDC) occupent petit à petit des postes de commandement et de prise de décisions dans des services tant publics que privés grâce aux différents plaidoyers et autres sensibilisations. Situation encourageante même si beaucoup reste encore à faire. [read more]

Maurice: Les femmes dans les vents des changements politiques

16 December 14
Regional relevance: Mauritius
Port-Louis, 15 décembre : Les résultats des élections sont tombés comme une bourrasque jeudi dernier avec la victoire de la coalition de l’opposition, l’alliance Lepep, menée par l’ancien président sir Anerood Jugnauth. Celle-ci a remporté la majorité des sièges. Alors que les vents de changements... [read more]

Mauritius: Women and the winds of political change

15 December 14
Regional relevance: Mauritius
Port Louis, 15 December: The election results came like a gust of wind last Thursday with Mauritius' opposition coalition- Alliance Lepep led by ex-president Anerood Jugnauth winning the majority vote. While the winds of change have roused celebration for the first ever woman President of the Republic of Mauritius-... [read more]

The South African poet who advocates for gender equity, peace and non-violence

14 December 14
Regional relevance: South Africa, Southern Africa (SADC)
Maputo, 14 December: South African politician, Bernedette Muthien is one of the 12 members of South Africa’s Constitutional Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities. She was appointed to this part-time five-year renewable post in March this year,... [read more]

Todos Juntos, em prol duma Acção Colectiva para uma forte Agenda sobre Género Pós-2015

10 December 14
Regional relevance: South Africa
Johannesburg, 10 Dezembro: Uma nova era se aproxima. O período pós-2015 suportando as metas de um desenvolvimento sustentável, o que torna imperioso revermos a Declaração Universal dos Direitos Humanos, o que ela significa para a dignidade humanidade, desenvolvimento e para a tomada de decisão. [read more]

Une action collective est cruciale pour un solide agenda du genre post 2015

10 December 14
Regional relevance: South Africa
Johannesburg, 10 décembre : A l’aube d’une nouvelle ère post 2015 portant avec elle les objectifs du développement durable, il est crucial de revoir la Déclaration universelle des droits de l’Homme et ce qu’elle signifie pour l’humanité en termes de dignité, de développement et de prise de... [read more]

Malawi: The media's role in changing sexist mind-sets

10 December 14
Regional relevance: Malawi
Blantyre, 10 December: As we commemorate the Sixteen Days of Activism campaign, one of the most crucial sectors we need to target and hold accountable is the media. The media is one of the most powerful socialising forces in society and can work both for and against the cause for eradicating violence and achieving... [read more]

Southern Africa: Leaving no one behind post 2015

10 December 14
Regional relevance: Southern Africa (SADC)
Johannesburg, 10 December: As post-2015 dawns bearing the new sustainable development goals, it is critical to revisit the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and what it means for humanity in terms of dignity, development and decision making. On 4 December, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon... [read more]

South Africa: The harm of rape

09 December 14
Regional relevance: Southern Africa (SADC)
Grahamstown, 9 December: Despite extensive legislation aimed at tackling the scourge of sexual violence in our country and elsewhere in our region, little progress, if any, has been made to curb this social catastrophe. This shocking reality is comes under the spotlight every year as we commemorate the 16 Days of... [read more]

Gender Based Violence

09 December 14
Regional relevance: Southern Africa (SADC)
This short inforgraphic helps to define gender violence and also basically explains some of the many different forms of gender based violence and how it is perpetrated. This pilot episode is the first in a series of infographics GL aims to produce in various languages to help people better understand GBV; its... [read more]
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