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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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International: A call to men to fight gender violence

28 November 14
Regional relevance: International, Southern Africa (SADC)
Michigan, 28 November: Gender-based violence (GBV) is a global problem of pandemic proportions. According to the United Nations, one in three women will be beaten, raped or abused in her lifetime. This translates to one billion women who are both directly and indirectly affected by gender violence. Across the many... [read more]

Swaziland: Joint call to enact laws to fight gender violence

28 November 14
Regional relevance: Swaziland
Mbabane, 28 November: In support of the enactment of the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Bill, the Coordinating Assembly of Non-governmental Organisations launched the Sixteen Days of Activism Campaign at Msunduza Sports ground in Mbabane on Tuesday. [read more]

Internacional: Um apelo aos homens para combater à violência de género

28 November 14
Regional relevance: North America, Southern Africa (SADC)
Michigan, 28 de novembro: “... Uma em cada três mulheres poderá ser espancada, estuprada ou abusada durante o seu ciclo de vida...” – alertam as Nações Unidas que apontam a Violência Baseada no Género (VBG) um problema global e com proporções pandémicas. As Nações Unidas referem ainda que na... [read more]

International: Un appel aux hommes à lutter contre la violence basée sur le genre

28 November 14
Regional relevance: International
Michigan, 28 novembre : La violence basée sur le genre est un problème mondial qui a pris des allures de pandémie. Selon les Nations Unies, une femme sur trois est battue, violée ou abusée durant son existence. Cela concerne un milliard de femmes qui sont directement ou indirectement affectées par la violence... [read more]

Mozambique: Harassment perpetuates a cycle of violence

27 November 14
Regional relevance: Mozambique, Southern Africa (SADC)
Mozambique, 27 November: As we commemorate Sixteen Days of Activism, it is important to consider all the forms of violence that women and girls are subject to and how these forms fundamentally effect their access to education, employment and the economy. This disempowerment perpetuates gender inequality and [read more]

Côte d'Ivoire: Des niveaux élevés de violence de genre persistent

27 November 14
Regional relevance: Southern Africa (SADC)
Abijan, 27 novembre: La violence basée sur le genre est présente dans tous les pays d'Afrique et la Côte d'Ivoire n'en est pas épargnée. Comme le souligne à juste titre Anne Désirée Ouloto, ministre ivoirienne de la Solidarité, de la Famille et de la Femme, la Côte d'Ivoire enregistre quotidiennement plus... [read more]

Moçambique: Assédio perpetua um ciclo de violência

27 November 14
Regional relevance: Mozambique, Southern Africa (SADC)
Maputo, 27 de novembro: Ao comemorarmos Dezasseis Dias de Activismo, é importante considerar todas as formas de violência que as mulheres e as raparigas estão sujeitas e como essas formas tem fundamentalmente efeito no seu acesso à educação, ao emprego e à economia. Este desempoderamento [read more]

Afrique australe: les inégalités économiques alimentent la violence basée sur le genre

26 November 14
Regional relevance: South Africa
Johannesburg, 26 novembre : Chaque année alors que nous commémorons les 16 jours d’activisme contre la violence basée sur le genre, la question la plus récurrente est : « Comment freiner la violence contre les femmes ? ». Bien entendu, il n’y a pas une seule solution pour cette pandémie mais une des [read more]

África Austral: A desigualdade económica aumenta violência de género

26 November 14
Regional relevance: South Africa, Southern Africa (SADC)
Joanesburgo, 26 de novembro: Anualmente, enquanto comemoramos os Dezasseis Dias de Activismo contra a Violência de Género, nos perguntamos: "Como é que vamos reduzir a violência contra as mulheres?" É claro que temos a consciência que não há uma única solução para esta pandemia, mas, estamos certos que... [read more]

Southern Africa: Economic inequality fuels gender violence

25 November 14
Regional relevance: Southern Africa (SADC)
Johannesburg, 26 November: Each year as we commemorate Sixteen Days of Activism against gender violence, the most common question asked is, "How do we curb violence against women?" Of course there is no one single simple solution to this pandemic, but one of the key solutions is economic independence. When women are... [read more]
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