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The Southern Africa Gender Protocol Alliance established in 2005 is a network of networks that campaigned for the adoption, and now the implementation of the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development. The alliance consists of national networks of gender NGOs and country theme clusters. The Gender Protocol adopted by SADC Heads of State at the 2008 Summit - a global first,provides a "roadmap to equality" because it sets 28 realistic, measurable targets, timeframes (by 2015) and indicators for achieving gender equality in line with MDG3. It is a key mobilising tool for governments and civil society alike. The history of the Alliance is well documented in the lessons learned booklet and DVD titled Roadmap to Equality.

Since 2009 GL has led the Alliance in conducting research, monitoring and evaluation of the campaign and government’s progress towards implementation of the key provisions of the Protocol the annual SADC Gender Protocol Barometer, monthly Roadmap to equality e-newsletter, gathering of case studies of the Protocol@Work. Advocacy is a key strategy to accelerate implementation of the Protocol and empower citizens to make demands of their governments. The Knowledge Quiz, Attitudes Quiz and Citizen Score Card are tools used to measure citizens’ engagement with the Protocol. The Alliance runs joint campaigns such the Petition on gender and climate change.

Since 2011, the Alliance is working closely with the SADC Gender Unit to provide technical assistancet o national gender machineries to update national gender policies and develop costed gender action plans that are aligned to the SADC Gender Protocol.

Gender Links provides the secretariat to the Alliance through the Alliance and Partnerships programme. The key targets of the SADC Gender Protocol inform GL’s three core programmes media, governance and gender justice.

The Alliance has held several meetings to plan and strategise its work.

2013:

Heads of State Summit news supplement, August 2013
Alliance regional strategy meeting, April 2013

2012:

SADC Gender Protocol Alliance meeting report, August 2012

Roadmap to SADC Heads of State Summit,
August 2012

2011:

Alliance annual meeting, 10-11 August 2011

Governance cluster meeting and relaunch of 50/50 campaign, 4-5 August 2011

Alliance Steering committee meeting, 30 March 2011

Protocol Reseacher's Meeting, 29 March 2011

Costing implementation of the SADC Gender and Development Protocol, Report of think tank meeting, February 2011

2010:

SADC Protocol Alliance Meeting, 12-16 August 2010

2009:

Report of the Alliance Strategy Review Meeting, March 15 - 18 March 2009

2008:

Report of the Alliance Strategy Meeting, August 2008

Southern Africa Gender Protocol Alliance meeting,  29th - 31st January 2008

 

 
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Women demand action NOW Campaign

03 September 13
The SADC Protocol on Gender and Development encompasses commitments made in all regional, global and continental instruments for achieving gender equality. It further enhances these instruments by addressing gaps and setting specific measurable targets where these do not already exist. [read more]

33rd Heads of State Summit Supplement, August 2013

23 August 13
Regional relevance: Southern Africa (SADC)
The Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance has called on President Joyce Banda, the only woman head of state in the region, to lead from the front in the struggle for gender equality as she assumes the chair of the SADC Heads of State Summit that kicks off in Lilongwe, Malawi. [read more]

SADC Gender Protocol Alliance Annual Meeting

24 July 13
Regional relevance: Southern Africa (SADC)
The Southern Africa Gender Protocol Alliance will hold their annual meeting in early August prior to the SADC Heads of State Summit. The meeting will be used to take stock and consolidate SADC's successes and failures in meeting the targets of the 28 targets outlined in the Gender and Development Protocol. [read more]

Women Demand Action NOW: Countdown to 2015

17 July 13
Regional relevance: South Africa
This paper sets out building blocks for the Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance in South Africa led by the Alliance focal network South African Women in Dialogue (SAWID) in collaboration with Gender Links, the Alliance Secretariat. [read more]
 

SADC Gender Protocol Alliance Annual meeting report August 2012

29 June 13
Regional relevance: Southern Africa (SADC)
The Southern Africa Gender Protocol Alliance held its annual meeting from 14 - 15 August 2012 in Johannesburg, ahead of the SADC Heads of State Summit held from 16 -17 August in Maputo. The meeting brought together the Alliance steering committee and Think Tank. [read more]
 
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