In 2016, SADC Member States adopted a revised version of the SADC Gender and Development Protocol (the Protocol) aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The updated Protocol includes equal representation of women in peacekeeping. SADC member States and civil society organisations must work much harder, smarter and co-operatively over the coming years to realise the targets on peace and security.
Some key points
- The reviewed SADC Gender Protocol now recognises women’s equal participation in peace
- The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is paying far more attention to issues
of gender, peace and security and it is in the process of developing a Regional Strategy to
implement United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325.
- Only one SADC country, the DRC, has adopted a UNSCR 1325 National Action Plan, as per
Article 28 of the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development. Namibia, South Africa and
Madagascar are engaged in processes of the developing Action Plans on Women’s Peace and