Gender Links (GL) is committed to a region in which women and men are able to participate equally in all aspects of public and private life in accordance with the provisions of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development. The organisation achieves its vision by coordinating the work of the Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance formed around the sub-regional instrument that brings together all key African and global commitments for achieving gender equality by 2015, also the target date for MDG 3 (gender equality). The annual barometer measures progress made by governments against the 28 targets of the Protocol. GL has integrated these targets into its three core, closely linked programme areas: the media, governance and gender justice, and its cross cutting programmes: gender, climate change, and economic justice.
Nearly five years have passed since the historic adoption of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development. Barely two years from now, governments will have to account for actions taken to meet the 28 targets of this unique sub-regional instrument that brings together existing global and continental commitments to gender equality. The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets also have a 2015 deadline. MDG Three concerns gender equality. There is already a lively debate on the post 2015 agenda. What about the agenda until 2015?
Gender Links, the Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance, local government associations, Gender and Media (GEM) networks and media development institutions, are hosting the Southern Africa Gender Protocol Summits from 22-24 April 2013.
The summits are aimed at gathering evidence of the SADC Gender Protocol@Work. With the strapline ‘yes we must’, the initiative, that has the support for the SADC Gender Unit, will also make a concerted call for increasing the momentum on implementation in the run up to 2015. Partners will convene 12 preparatory country summits in Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe in March, culminating in a regional summit in Johannesburg from 22-24 April 2013.
Entries from countries that do not have summits will be shortlisted and adjudicated directly at the regional summit.
The SADC Gender Protocol Summits and Awards aim to achieve the following at country and regional level:
- Take stock and turn up the pressure for implementation and accountability in the two;
- Bring together all key stakeholders to share strategies and good practises;
- Profile and affirm the work of media and local government Gender Centres of Excellence;
- Build linkages between the media and local government work on the ground as part of the broader objective of gender responsive governance and accountability, and developing a critical citizenry around the SADC Gender Protocol and the MDGs;
- Develop strategic partnerships and networking opportunities;
- Strengthen the gender movement from local to national to regional to international level;
- Botswana - 18-19 March 2013
- Lesotho - 18-19 March 2013
- Madagascar - 18-19 March 2013
- Malawi - 18-19 March 2013
- Swaziland - 18-19 March 2013
- Tanzania - 18-19 March 2013
- Mozambique - 18-19 March 2013
- Mauritius - 25-26 March 2013
- Zambia - 25-26 March 2013
- Zimbabwe - 25-26 March 2013
- Namibia - 3-5 April 2013
For more information and about the SADC Gender Protocol Summits and Awards, refer to www.genderlinks.org.za/article/concept-paper-the-sadc-gender-protocol-summit-2012-12-09#background.
For more about Gender Links, refer to www.genderlinks.org.za.