Protocol @ Work

The SADC Gender Protocol @ Work

Prior to 2013, GL held separate Gender Justice and Local Government  and Gender and Media Summits. Since 2013, GL and the Alliance have held annual SADC Gender Protocol@Work summits, bringing together work in all the ten theme areas of the Protocol. Gender Protocol Barometers have showcased practical examples of positive change from the ground. In 2016 GL carried out an analysis of SADC Protocol@Work summit entries on Sexual and Reproductive Health. These can be viewed here.

View the entries to the Protocol@Work summits below.


Zambia Summit

December 15, 2016

Zimbabwe: Summit ends on a high note

Harare 17 November 2016 June: The Zimbabwe SADC Protocol @ Work Summit running under the theme 50/50 by 2030! Empower women, End Violence ended on a high note today with a dazzling award ceremony for the best of the good practices. Fourteen winners and eleven runner ups walked away with awards from the over 161 […]

Zimbabwe Summit 2016

November 13, 2016

SADC Gender Protocol @Work 2016 Summits

The Post-2015 Action and Results Era is here! Following a concerted advocacy campaign by the Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance, SADC Heads of State signed the Post 2015 SADC Gender Protocol in Mbabane, Swaziland in August 2016. Over 400 Centres of Excellence for Gender in Local Government have updated their gender action plans, setting new targets […]

November 10, 2016 Themes: Local Government
Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Daniel Sefali – Tsana-Talana

I attended the gender Training of trainers for the non formal education on risk reduction and avoidance skills for herd boys. After that I have been a trainer. And I have been elected to be a councillor at Ts ’ana-Talana community council, I attended Gender links training where the other councillors elected me to be a Gender Aware Leader. I started Gender links training and summits since 2012 up to date.

November 9, 2015

Tadios Ndonga – Zimbabwe

My most memorable experience in my work as a leader began on the day I stated to work for the people I represent. In my ward, residents were experiencing severe water shortages. They travelled a long distance on a daily basis, searching for water to use at home. I was approached by the community leadership about this issue. As a leader, I engaged the Member of Parliament representing the constituency. When I explained the story to him, he responded to the matter and then donated funds to procure the necessary materials.

October 12, 2015

Tichawanda Chamuka – Zimbabwe

Ward 16 is a constituency which falls under Kadoma City Council and has a population of 5967. The average ratio of male to female is 40% against 60%. Having experienced the malaria deaths of two pregnant women, a man and a child, as a councillor I had to visit Chemukute Clinic for more information. Records showed that 215 women had received treatment for malaria in 2013 with 63 of them pregnant, a concern which prompted me as a leader to take some measures to assist in the elimination of the spread of malari

October 12, 2015

Sithabisiwe Takawira – Zimbabwe

A good leader is a leader with people’s well-being at heart, who puts the interests of others before his or hers; one who would go an extra mile to help others.
Last year I joined Mrs Mapaya, the child care worker, during visits to underprivileged children. We visited the Mashate family where we found a single mother of four children. She narrated how she ended up being a single parent citing how her husband left her for a younger woman, leaving her stranded in their rural home with no means to fend for her children.

October 12, 2015

Muchineripi Chinyanganya – Zimbabwe

The first time I visited Single Quarters and General Barracks in Kadoma I came face to face with living conditions that I did not know people could live in. A family of more than three living in one room, sharing communal toilets which were not being cleaned and had no potable water. There was rampant abuse of girl children and women at the hands of men. This was a breeding ground of diseases, crime and child prostitution. As a leader I knew the task that lay ahead of me and that such issues had to be addressed if people were to have their basic human rights protected and promoted, including gender equality. I qualify to be a driver of change because of my passion, my contribution and my plans around gender issues, as well as my participation in gender programmes.

October 12, 2015

Pedro Nadine Meyer – South Africa

When I started working as Community Based Coordinator in 2003, while working in the Hessequa area, I met a young 20 year old lady who was infected with the HI virus. This was a very new topic for me in those days and even though she was not my first HIV positive client, she was the first one in my new job.

October 7, 2015

Jane Dimakatso Bambo – South Africa

I played the role of a champion for gender and against gender-based violence after the National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS) was established in May 1996. Bolobedu sub-district was declared an area with the highest rate of “social fabric crimesÀ and violence by the national Department of Safety, Security and Liaison. The National Crime Prevention Strategy demanded that all victims of “social fabric crimesÀ which were later referred to as “contact crimesÀ should be protected.

October 7, 2015

Jullianah Chigariro – Zimbabwe

I am a Christian woman and I was born in Mhondoro Muchanyu village. I was married by customary law in church at St Michael’s Mhondoro and God blessed me with three children. I started engaging in leadership roles at church. I was the chairperson of St Mary’s parish, and then afterwards, I was promoted to chairperson of Kadoma parish. Then, from there, I began to notice that I had strong leadership characteristics and I made my way to being chairperson of my ward (Ward 5).

September 30, 2015