Southern Africa: Upcoming SADC #voice&choice Summits

press release

1 November 2020: In November, Gender Links (GL) and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) will be hosting Voice and Choice Summits in two Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, Lesotho and Zambia.

This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings some Summits will be taking place in three phases. In Zimbabwe three Summits, for entrepreneurs, thematic awards, and local authorities took place in September and October, while Eswatini completed its summit in October and launched of the Women in Local Economic Development (WLED) network. Lesotho held one summit in October which was hosted for entrepreneurs and beneficiaries of the Sunrise Campaign.

The Voice and Choice Summits, which take place every year recognise good practise and innovation; and the valuable work being done by gender champions and community members across a range of thematic areas. The summit participants will present on the following #VoiceandChoice categories:

Centres of Excellence for Local Government

Drivers of Change

Economic justice



Governance, including the 50/50 campaign

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Youth Engagement

The main purpose of the #VoiceandChoice Summit is to allow participants to learn and share best practices from various sectors including Government departments, Non-Governmental organisation (NGOs), Community Based Organisations (CBOs), Faith Based Organisations (FBOs), Local Government councils as well as the media.

The upcoming Summits will take place as follows:

Lesotho: 3-4 November (Centres of Excellence);

Lesotho: 10-11 November (Thematic areas)

Zambia: 18-20 November

For more information:

Lesotho: Manteboheleng Mantebo on

Zambia: Albert Ngosa on

General: Susan Tolmay on

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