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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 : Les femmes porteuses de fistule obstétricale retrouvent l’espoir

26 May 15
Regional relevance: Africa
Chaque année dans le monde, entre 50 000 et 100 000 femmes présentent une fistule obstétricale. En Afrique et en Asie, plus de deux millions de jeunes femmes vivent avec cette complication non traitée. Ces femmes vivent le plus souvent dans la pauvreté, condamnées à l’isolement social. Marginalisation et... [read more]

Femmes et migrations au Bénin: l'herbe est rarement plus verte ailleurs!

26 May 15
Regional relevance: Africa
Cotonou: Elles sont en quête d’une dignité par le travail mais sont exposées à toutes sortes de violences. Les travailleuses migrantes sont plus que jamais vulnérables. Elles ne bénéficient d’aucune protection juridique. La fragilité est donc une évidence pour ces femmes de plus en plus présentes dans... [read more]

Malawi: Portraying women beyond victimhood

22 May 15
Regional relevance: Malawi, Southern Africa (SADC)
Blantyre, 22 May: The media in Malawi continues to perpetuate sexist and stereotypical representations of women. Look no further than the front page photos of Malawi's daily newspapers- especially the coverage of the country's recent floods: the photos depict women as victims, while men are portrayed as heroes or... [read more]

Notre santé, nos droits, nos vies

21 May 15
Regional relevance: Mauritius
Nous félicitons le gouvernement pour avoir voté le Employers Relations Amendment Bill au Parlement le mardi 12 mai 2015. Cet amendement fait provision pour l’extension de congé de maternité de 12 à 14 semaines. [read more]

Côte d'Ivoire: Quand les médias censés être chiens de garde se montrent sexistes

21 May 15
Regional relevance: Africa
En Côte d'Ivoire, la femme est victime de stéréotypes. De nombreux médias, qui auraient dû dénoncer cette situation, ne jettent pas leur part aux chiens et renforcent cette victimisation. [read more]

Zimbabwe: Women's voices in media content

14 May 15
Regional relevance: Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe, 14 May: Despite all the accomplishments of the women's movement in the past 50 years, women today still live in a world that celebrates a femininity that is passive, submissive, and essentially silent. Women who dare seek power, speak up or act publicly, particularly in Southern Africa, are reviled,... [read more]

Africa: Celebrating phenomenal mothers

08 May 15
Regional relevance: South Africa
Johannesburg, 8 May: Mother's day is here with its splash of pink and the usual commercial fanfare. For my family, it will be a sobering day of remembrance, but also a day of celebration. My mother-in-law, Akua Morna, passed on peacefully at her home in Accra, Ghana on 5 May, after a four-month battle with cancer. [read more]

Southern Africa: Calling for gender responsive media education

06 May 15
Regional relevance: Southern Africa (SADC)
Johannesburg 6 May: This past Sunday- 3 May the world commemorated World Press Freedom Day. As such, GAMAG Chair- Gender Links is partnering with UNESCO and the Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG), GAMAG to raise awareness on issues relating to Women and the Media during the course of the month. This week's... [read more]

Parlons-nous bien des collectivités locales?

04 May 15
Regional relevance: Mauritius
Pourquoi continuons-nous à les appeler collectivités locales lorsque les conseillers ne doivent pas forcément être issus des communes où ils seront candidats? La question mérite d’être posée car selon les amendements apportés au Local Government Act et approuvés par les parlementaires au début du mois... [read more]

La meute sauvage est perplexe

04 May 15
Regional relevance: Mauritius
Nous vivons dans un pays où chaque matin, les médias nous accueillent avec d’horribles histoires de filles et de femmes torturées, violées, tuées ou traitées comme des paillassons et des animaux. [read more]
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