Gender Equality in focus at upcoming SADC Gender Summits

04 Mar 2014 12:00pm
WINDHOEK, 04 MAR (NAMPA) – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Gender Protocol Summit will soar to greater heights this year as it will call on governments to account for their commitment to gender equality in the critical countdown to 2015.
Gender Links (GL) Namibia’s Country Manager, Sarry Xoagus-Eises made this statement at a media briefing held here on Monday when she spoke excitedly about the upcoming four ‘Gender Justice and Local Government’ summits to be held this year.
The summits will be hosted to gather evidence of the SADC Gender Protocol@Work, an initiative which features examples demonstrating the practicalities of the SADC Gender Protocol, and giving case studies from all the SADC countries concerning the work being done by governments and civil society in making a difference in the lives of women and men in the region.
GL will coordinate the SADC Gender Protocol@Work Summit with the collaboration of the SADC Gender Unit, the Southern Africa Gender Protocol Alliance, local government associations, faith-based organisations and the Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC).
The four summits will be held under the strapline “50/50 by 2015 and a strong post-2015 agenda”.
“The summits will serve as a loudspeaker for the call to step-up the pace on fulfilling the 28 targets of the SADC protocol before the 2015 deadline,” she explained.
For the first time in a bid to strengthen the reach and impact of the SADC Protocol@Work Summit at the local level, the summits will this year be cascaded to the district level in 10 SADC countries.
The district summits will serve to verify the work of nearly 200 councils which have developed and are implementing gender action plans through the Centres of Excellence initiative.
“During March and April, partners will convene 20 preparatory district summits and 12 preparatory national summits,” Xoagus-Eises added.
GL Namibia will host four summits - three at regional level and one at national level.
The first regional summit is expected to run in Windhoek from 10 March to 14 March; the second regional summit from 24 March to 28 March; and the last regional summit on 31 March to 04 April 2014.
The national summit will be held from 14 April to 18 April 2014, also in the capital.