This report reflects the progress made to date in implementing the SADC Gender Protocol (the Protocol) in the period 2015 to 2016. The report is based on the original Protocol whose 28 time-bound targets expired in 2015. In June 2016 (as this report went to press) SADC Ministers of gender adopted a reviewed Protocol. The updated Gender Protocol will be adopted by SADC Heads of State at their summit in Swaziland in August 2016. The revised Protocol does not have time frames as these will be in the MER framework.
Some key points
- The SADC Ministers responsible for gender adopted the reviewed SADC Gender Protocol (the Protocol) aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals, the African Union Agenda 2063 and Beijing Plus Twenty Review in June 2016.
- An accompanying Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (MER) Framework for the Protocol will provide a comprehensive mechanism for implementing the Post 2015 Protocol.
- The Alliance successfully advocated for a standalone section on climate change, elimination of gender based violence, ending AIDS, stronger language on the age of marriage and recognition of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the reviewed Protocol.