Formed in March 2001, Gender Links (GL) is a Southern African NGO headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa that promotes gender equality and justice across the fifteen countries of the region. GL has registered offices in 10 SADC countries including the Lusophone and Francophone areas.
Gender Links works with partners at local, national, regional and international level to:
- Produce evidence based research on gender gaps and progress in the SADC region used as advocacy tools produced annually in the barometer.
- Promote gender equality in and through the media and in all areas of governance through action planning and capacity building.
- Build the capacity of civil society to engage critically in democratic processes that advance equality and justice so as to foster a robust gender movement through coalition building.
- Promote learning and knowledge generation through sharing of best practices in gender mainstreaming.
- Advocate for a strong post 2015 gender agenda with an accompanying implementation framework.
Gender Links has 57 staff members and 10 board members. GL works with 417 local government councils and 107 media houses. Through coalition building, GL is a coordinating NGO for the SADC Gender Protocol Alliance; a network of 15 national networks and nine regional networks advocating for gender equality in the region.