The Alliance

The Southern Africa Gender Protocol Alliance is a regional “network of networks” that championed the adoption of the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development (2008).  With its slogan, Yes we can!  the Alliance now focuses on advocacy and lobbying for the signing and ratification of the Protocol by member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) that have not done so, and implementation of the 28 targets to be attained by 2015. Comprising country focal networks; theme and interest group clusters, the Alliance produces an annual Barometer tracking progress as well as case studies of the Protocol@work.

Key achievements of the Southern Africa Gender Protocol Alliance

  • Demanding accountability: Mobilising for the signing and ratification of the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development, the only sub-regional instrument of its kind that brings together all existing commitments to gender equality in one instrument with 28 time- bound targets.
  • Coalition building and strengthening civil society: Galvanising the women’s movement through national focal networks, theme clusters and interest groups. Representing the gender sector in the SADC Congress of NGOs and mainstreaming gender in the work of this regional lobby network.
  • Advocacy and awareness raising through distributing multi-media IEC materials in 23 local languages; village workshops; radio spots; a DVD and interactive engagements in all SADC countries whose impact is measured through a knowledge quiz available on the website.
  • Implementation: The Alliance has conducted pioneering research on aligning national gender policies and action plans with the targets of the Protocol and costing implementation at national level. The Alliance is working with the SADC Gender Unit on a road map for implementing the Protocol agreed by gender ministers in 2011.
  • Monitoring and evaluation through the monthly Roadmap to Equality newsletter; annual Southern Africa Gender Protocol Barometer that tracks implementation of the 28 targets and several case studies of the Protocol@work. In 2011 the Alliance introduced the Southern Africa Gender and Development Index (SGDI): an empirical measure of how countries are performing as a baseline against which progress towards the 2015 targets can be measured.

websiteThe SADC Gender Protocol Alliance comprises 15 country and 9 regional networks each with a representative on the steering committee that meets annually in the wings of the SADC Heads of State Summit, and through periodic teleconferences. Sector groups hold meetings linked to key events and conferences in their areas of work. The Alliance is led by an elected Chairperson and Executive Committee. Gender Links as the coordinating NGO provides the secretariat. In 2013, the Alliance adopted a concentric structure, with the Secretariat at the centre, the Alliance Executive Committee, 15 national networks, and five regional theme clusters.

The Alliance has held several meetings to plan and strategise its work at a national, regional and global level. The Alliance work has been documented in a book, and DVD, Roadmap to Equality.

 

Year Institutional Regional International Country Local
2016 CSW 60, March 2016
2015 SADC Gender Protocol Review Meeting

Gender Ministers meeting, May 2015

CSW 59, March 2015
2014 SADC Gender Protocol Alliance meeting report, May 2014 Gender Ministers meeting, July 2014

Civil Society meeting forum, July 2014

CSW 58, March 2014 Country reports
2013 Alliance regional strategy meeting, April 2013 Heads of State Summit news supplement, August 2013 CSW 57 March 2013 Country reports Botswana

DRC

Madagascar

Mozambique

Seychelles

Swaziland

Zambia

Zambia

2012 SADC Gender Protocol Alliance meeting report, August 2012 Roadmap to SADC Heads of State Summit, August 2012 Village level workshops on the SADC Protocol on gender and development, 2011- 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

Communique: Meeting of SADC Ministers, 2 June 2011

Protocol Researcher’s Meeting, 29 March 2011

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

 

Measuring impact: knowledge of the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development

Village level workshops on SADC Gender Protocol, July 2010 – June 2011

2010 SADC Protocol Alliance Meeting, 12-16 August 2010 Southern Africa pre-Beijing caucus report, 4-6 February 2010

Southern Africa Beijing Plus Fifteen draft position paper

SADC Gender Protocol Village level workshops
2009 Report of the Alliance Strategy Review Meeting, March 15 – 18 March 2009 Report, Heads of State Summit, September 2009
2008 Report of the Alliance Strategy Meeting, August 2008

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

Report, Heads of State summit, Jan – August 2008

Report, Heads of State Summit, September 2009

 

2007 Report on civil society lobbying and advocacy activities and capacity building, March 2007- April 2008 Heads of State meeting, August 2007
2006 Task force meeting, September 2006