1 in 5

South African women experience physical violence

4 in 10

divorced or separated South African women reported physical violence

138 women per 100,000

are raped in one year in South Africa

Gender Links (GL) is a leading Southern African Women’s Rights Organisation. Formed in March 2001, Gender Links is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with offices in close to 10 Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, including Mozambique and Madagascar. Gender Links has a web of close to 600 partners, with whom it works to promote gender equality.


Gender Links is well known for championing the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development, and coordinating an alliance of over 40 women’s NGOs that campaigned for the adoption and implementation of the Protocol, and are now lobbying for it to be updated in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


In its justice programme, Gender Links has carried out baseline surveys on prevalence and perpetration of gender-based violence (GBV) in six countries (Botswana, Mauritius, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and South Africa) which revealed level of GBV caused by limited sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) awareness levels and poor policy backup.


Sisters For Change, in its role as consortium member of the Equality & Justice Alliance, worked with Gender Links from 2018-2019 to produce a case study on the process and impact of the comprehensive reform of the Mozambique Penal Code in 2014.