Johannesburg, South Africa

Event summary

Gender Links (GL) will be holding a Local Government and Gender Justice Summit under the banner "365 Days of local action to end gender violence". According to Gender Links, the summit will include keynote addresses and parallel seminars by international and local experts in the field of gender violence and gender justice at local government level. The summit intends to bring together local government councillors and officials, relevant government ministries, and non-governmental organisations that work with local government from the region.

The summit is designed to provide an opportunity to document and disseminate good practices, as well as give incentives to local authorities to innovate new and effective strategies for combating violence against women. Parallel seminars on promoting women's representation and effective participation in local government structures will be a key feature at the summit.

The organisers are inviting submissions for good practices to be presented at the summit. These good practice submissions will also be considered for the summit awards. Categories include the following:

  • Prevention of gender-based violence (GBV) at local level – how do councils work to ensure that GBV does not occur?
  • Response to GBV at local level – what do councils do to advance legal literacy, work with local police, etc. to ensure redress for victims?
  • Institutional good practises – for example, councils working together on GBV, lobbying for a GBV budget, Municipality’s Annual Strategic Plans, etc.
  • Support around GBV at local level – how do we support those who have experienced GBV?
  • Innovative communication strategies - messaging, slogans, banners, and posters to end GBV that have an impact.
  • Specific GBV campaigns – for example, 16 Days of Activism campaigns, lighting campaigns, etc.
  • Individual innovation – three prizes will be awarded to individuals who show particular innovation and dedication to ending GBV at the local level.

Click here for more information about the summit.

Registration Information

Gender Links invites local government councillors and officials, relevant government ministries, and organisations working with local government from the region to register.

Click here to enter good practices for consideration for the summit.

Click here to register online for self-funding delegates.


Bonita Visagie
Gender Links

9 Derrick Avenue

South Africa
Tel: +27 (011) 622 2877
Fax: +27 (0)11 622 4732