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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.


Côte d’Ivoire : Vide juridique pour les personnes homosexuelles

27 November 15
Regional relevance: Africa
La Côte d’Ivoire ne pénalise pas l’homosexualité et a toujours été relativement tolérante à cet égard. Et ce, même si les personnes gays, lesbiennes, bisexuelles, transsexuelles, intersexuées et Queer (LGBTIQ) ne sont pas protégées par la loi et peuvent être poursuivies pour des actes indécents en... [read more]

International: Where are diverse gender identities in the Sixteen day campaign?

27 November 15
Regional relevance: International
Johannesburg, 27 November: In a world of global citizenship, social media makes individuals previously isolated more accessible. Despite the rampant homophobia that still pervades attitudes and mind sets, diverse gender identities are on the agenda. [read more]

République Démocratique du Congo : Les filles seront en sécurité à l’école lorsque les programmes scolaires seront revus

26 November 15
Regional relevance: DRC
Goma, 26 novembre : Goma est un chef-lieu de la province du Nord-Kivu et une des provinces à l’Est de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) où le modernisme a du mal à cohabiter avec la tradition. Certains aspects coutumiers dans cette partie de la RDC relèguent toujours la femme au second plan. Et... [read more]

Johannesburg: Bullying threatens safety in schools

26 November 15
Regional relevance: South Africa
Johannesburg, 26 November: The late South African President, Nelson Mandela once said: "I cannot forget but I can forgive". Through this single selfless act he laid the foundation for the birth of the rainbow nation. However for many, myself included, who have suffered any form of injustice forgetting comes more... [read more]

Zimbabwe: Safety in Schools, a walk down memory lane

26 November 15
Regional relevance: Zimbabwe
Harare, 26 November: The global theme for the Sixteen Days of Activism Against GBV this year Make Education Safe for All - demands safety in schools. [read more]

Malawi: Harmful cultural practices undermine girl's education

26 November 15
Regional relevance: Malawi
M`bwana Kawinga, Machinga District, Malawi, 24 November 2015: Harmful cultural practices are one of the major factors contributing to inequitable schooling environments in Malawi. [read more]

Burkina Faso: Mariage d'enfants, le défi reste entier dans le Sahel

25 November 15
Regional relevance: Africa
Ouagadougou, 25 novembre : Le mariage des enfants et en particulier des filles, est un phénomène préoccupant au Burkina Faso. Dans la région du Sahel à l'extrême nord du pays, le phénomène reste un défi à relever de nos jours. Eu égard à la situation, le thème choisi par le pays lors du 26e anniversaire... [read more]

Lesotho: Demanding zero tolerance for Violence Against Women

25 November 15
Regional relevance: Lesotho
Maseru, 25 November: In the eight years that as I have worked as a gender activist in Lesotho, Violence Against Women (VAW) has been the most disturbing form of gender inequalityI have encoutered. [read more]

Southern Africa: Searching my soul this Sixteen Days

23 November 15
Regional relevance: South Africa
Johannesburg, 23 November: It's Sixteen Days again and I am in trepidation. The media, who largely forget about us during the year, will be upon us with their incessant, last minute requests for sound bites on what this period from 25 November (International Day of No Violence Against Women) to 10 December (Human... [read more]

Bénin : Entrepreneuriat féminin, trois parcours, même combativité

19 November 15
Regional relevance: Africa
Cotonou, 19 novembre 2015: Les femmes ont, de tout temps contribué à l’économie du Bénin. Mais en l’absence d’une approche du genre dans l’analyse des comptes de la nation, leur contribution a été pendant longtemps ignorée. Traditionnellement actives dans le travail domestique et la production... [read more]
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