Gender Links (GL) has said it is delighted to welcome Magdeline Madibela, former head of UNWomen in Botswana and of the SADC Gender Unit for a decade before that, as Regional Director of Programmes.
“I am very excited to join GL, a regional organisation with giant footprints in ensuring that there is gender equality and that women are empowered to have a Voice, Choice and Control. I consider GL as family as I have collaborated and worked closely with this organization over the years, and I am passionate about the work of GL that does to impact positively on the lives of women and girls,” said Madibela.
“In addition, GL has strategically influenced the transformation of the gender agenda in Southern Africa through outstanding advocacy and lobbying for the adoption and the implementation of the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development among others.
“GL has an excellent track record for cutting edge evidence-based data, and robust monitoring and evaluation for effective implementation of gender commitments in Southern Africa and Beyond! The work of Gender Links resonates with my quest for a progressive and transformative feminist agenda for Southern Africa.
“I am bringing to this position a wealth of experience in advocacy for gender equality and women’s empowerment, strategic engagements with SADC Member States, Donors and Development Partners. With my rich experience gained from SADC and UN Women, I am also bringing rich knowledge on the Agenda 2030 and will ensure its integration within the work of Gender Links across all programmes and the work of GL country offices.”
GL Chairperson Emily Brown said: “Magdeline Madibela’s name is synonymous with gender equality in SADC. That coupled with her leadership ability make her a wonderful asset for GL.”
“We are delighted to have Magdeline joining our team,” added GL CEO Colleen Lowe Morna. “We have known and worked with each other in different capacities since the Fourth World Conference for Women in Beijing in 1995. Her appointment is part of GL’s forward looking plans to build a strong, sustainable regional NGO led by the women who have shaped herstory in this region.”