Botswana has made remarkable progress against the targets of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development set for 2015.
Although Botswana has not signed the Protocol, the Alliance recognises that the country is constitutionally committed to the Protocol’s ideals and targets. Botswana has already made a commitment to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015; the SADC Gender Protocol goes a step further in laying out a detailed roadmap for the achievement of MDG Three for Gender Equality.
However, President Ian Khama said that Botswana would not sign the SADC Gender Protocol because the government considers some of “the time frames unrealistic, and some of the measures have serious resource implications that we cannot guarantee”.
The Botswana 2013 Gender Protocol Barometer is the fifth annual tracking report of the country’s performance against the 28 targets of the SGP set for 2015. Botswana Council of NGOs (BOCONGO) in its capacity as country focal network of the Southern Africa Gender Protocol Alliance, led the research effort and will disseminate the findings of the report.