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Women Empowerment Report

Women Empowerment Report on GBV

Aug 12, 2014


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP contributes to human development through global programmes on Democratic Governance, Poverty Reduction, Crisis Prevention & Recovery, and Environment and Energy.


Gender is a key component of all UNDP programmes and the organisation advocates for increasing women’s participation in leadership and governance. In line with this commitment the UNDP supports the South African Government’s agenda of accelerating women’s participation and leadership in governance.


In consultation with key stakeholders, UNDP has developed a training programme called Training women for effective leadership and governance. The programme is envisaged to enhance women’s effective participation and leadership role within governance structures.



The South African Constitution entrenches the right to equality in the Bill of Rights. It also states that no person may be discriminated against on several grounds including gender and sex. South Africa is also a signatory to several global, continental and regional instruments to advance gender equality. These include the:

  • Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination (CEDAW)
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights
  • SADC Protocol on Gender and Development


Women currently constitute 42,7% of Parliament and 39,7% of local government. The SADC Protocol on Gender and calls for 50% representation of women in decision making by 2015. While South Africa is ranked amongst the best performers in relation to women’s representation there is a way to go before reaching 50/50 target.


Women in South Africa are guaranteed equality through the constitution. There is also a high level of commitment to gender equality at a policy level. The challenge is to translate constitutional provisions and policies to equality on the ground. Women remain the group most affected by HIV and AIDS, gender based violence, poverty, inadequate service delivery and in the margins of economic development.


Training women in decision making positions to be more effective in leadership and governance and to integrate gender into all their programmes will address women’s fundamental human rights to fully participate in and be part of a productive society.



The purpose of the Training women for effective leadership and governance are to:

  • Support increasing women’s representation and participation in governance.
  • Promote gender responsive governance.
  • Raise awareness on the role and needs of women in government.
  • Enhance women’s capacity at all levels of government in South Africa.
  • Promote effective service delivery to all citizens and particularly women.



The training will be conducted by Gender Links, a Southern African NGO based in Johannesburg.  Gender Links has a reputation for conducting high quality research which it uses to inform policy and strategies, quick action and excellent delivery. These are underpinned by a strong institutional structure that includes a high profile but hands on board; experienced staff and management team; sound financial management and accountability and a strong monitoring and evaluation unit. 


GL is an accredited training institution with the Education, Training, Development, Practices Sector Education Training Authority (ETDP SETA). GL’s training methodology is guided by the following principles:

  • Applied learning; linking skills to the everyday work of councillors, officials, etc.
  • Peer learning, that is providing a platform for the rich knowledge of each participant to be shared; supported by a team of experienced resource persons.
  • Practical tools.
  • Demystifying concepts.


GL will be providing three accredited training modules including:

  • Gender awareness (5 credits)
  • Gender and media literacy (5 credits)
  • Gender mainstreaming (10 credits)

On completion of the courses and submission of the required assessments participants’ credits will be registered with ETDP SETA. All participants will receive a certificate of competence.


Participants will gain the following learning during the training:


  • Gender concepts
  • Gender analysis
  • Policy formulation
  • Monitoring and evaluation


  • Strategic uses of information technology
  • Working with the media
  • Writing
  • Running campaigns
  • Debating
  • Gender budgeting
  • Computer aided research


  • Deepening appreciation of diversity
  • Tolerance
  • Assertiveness
  • Understanding and using power



The programme will include 15 representatives from each province.


Envisaged outcomes

  • Women in decision making will be empowered to integrate gender into all their programmes.
  • The training will enhance women’s confidence and ability to use their power for more effective service delivery.
  • Women from political parties who attend the training will put gender and women’s representation on their party’s agenda.
  • Citizens, particularly women, will benefit from women leaders who understand gender and ensure gender is integrated into all programmes.
  • Women’s human rights are realised through effective governance.
  • The project will contribute towards the broader project of democracy by promoting gender equality.
  • The project will contribute towards good governance practices.

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