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.

 

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

Kenwilliams Mhango – Malawi

Kenwilliams Mhango – Malawi

I am a human rights defender who has worked both in Malawi and Zambia since childhood. Being from a Christian background I grew up believing in God. I spent much of my time attending fellowship prayers with my fellow believers which motivated me to become interested in helping others achieve the purpose for which they were created. I decided to work for human rights when I was released from Zomba Mikuyu Prison having seen the conditions that I went through with other colleagues such as Chakufwa Chihana and Dr Orton Chirwa who died in prison, fighting for change in Malawi. The fight was about breaking the one party system for a multiparty government.

September 28, 2015

Lucina Lazaro Comino – Tanzania

Being a leader is a very challenging situation, is a situation which a person need to be patient when dealing with people. At this moment the post I held is loan officer at Ubhumwe saccos which is in Temeke district. My routine work is to deal with loan application forms by verifying applicants serving accounts, to set rates of returns each month according to the loan taken and time period the loan will last without violating rules and regulations of the SACCOS.

It is strictly prohibited for a member to ignore time frame allocated for a certain loan to expire; all loans should be recovered within time earmarked. As a loan officer it is my duty to request monthly bank statement report from SACCOS accountant so as to check individual returns to compare with his /her instalment rates sated monthly.

If it happens that there is no return of anybody, I have a mandate to remind all debtors to adhere to the laid down rules and regulations of the organisation.

Experience shows that most of the time these debtors fail to understand that, it is their obligation to fulfil the rules and regulations, as per their signed contracts. This is a big challenge to me, as it hinders my capability in fulfilling my duties accordingly.

Despite of the challenges I am facing, I am not losing hope. This is because Ubhumwe consists of women and men members. Being a woman leader to such a challenging organisation I have to prove that I can. To me this is a qualification of a DRIVER OF CHANGE.

September 28, 2015

Lucina Lazaro Comino

Being a leader is a very challenging situation, is a situation which a person need to be patient when dealing with people. At this moment the post I held is loan officer at Ubhumwe saccos which is in Temeke district. My routine work is to deal with loan application forms by verifying applicants serving accounts, to set rates of returns each month according to the loan taken and time period the loan will last without violating rules and regulations of the SACCOS.

It is strictly prohibited for a member to ignore time frame allocated for a certain loan to expire; all loans should be recovered within time earmarked. As a loan officer it is my duty to request monthly bank statement report from SACCOS accountant so as to check individual returns to compare with his /her instalment rates sated monthly.

If it happens that there is no return of anybody, I have a mandate to remind all debtors to adhere to the laid down rules and regulations of the organisation.

Experience shows that most of the time these debtors fail to understand that, it is their obligation to fulfil the rules and regulations, as per their signed contracts. This is a big challenge to me, as it hinders my capability in fulfilling my duties accordingly.

Despite of the challenges I am facing, I am not losing hope. This is because Ubhumwe consists of women and men members. Being a woman leader to such a challenging organisation I have to prove that I can. To me this is a qualification of a DRIVER OF CHANGE.

One day when we were in a general meeting we decided to reduce (riba) of loans to people who deposit their returns early before their to be given bonus, by giving them long period for them to return so as to motivate them to take loans. By doing that we had motivate them to take loans and they are willing to deposit their returns without any force from loan officer.
As a leader I became a driver of change by became a champion person in took loans and deposit returns on time. Also I spent the money in renovating my house and paying school fees for my children. The loan I took last year was for building car park and fence ,this – I have made other people to learn from me and how to spend money they got .I told them life is how you make up so you have to set priorities whenever you are in order to get development .So now as leader I leave in a good house ,my children are in good schools, I take care of my mom and I bought a car. All this made some of my colleges admire my life style and development.

September 28, 2015

Michael Gore – Zimbabwe

In Ward 2, where I am the councillor, there is a section of single quarters which sadly accommodates an average of six people in a single room i.e. mother, father and four children. This set up has always made it very difficult for parents in these houses to have any privacy. Mothers and fathers cannot be intimate freely as their children are in the same room. This has led to some men beating up their wives for withholding conjugal rights. I had to stop a man in my ward from beating his wife in the middle of the night and posed a question to the rest of the men as to how they would react if their sisters were being abused. Hence I advised all the men present to go back home and make a difference and stop gender based violence (GBV) in homes, workplaces and in their community.

September 28, 2015 Themes: Gender violence

Monicah Lubimbi – Zimbabwe

I maintain an open door policy which means all residents are welcome at my place of residence to discuss issues of common interest for the development of our wards. I welcome ideas from youths, women, men and institutions in the ward that need to be communicated to council for redress.

September 23, 2015

Jullianah Chigariro

As a female councilor of ward 5, I stand to empower my fellow women that it is not about how hard you fall but lifting yourself up, dusting yourself and move again. Like every woman I also encountered many downfalls in my life including losing my first born daughter but this did not stop me from focusing on my political career and now I can gladly say that I have achieved most of my goals. We, women, have the same opportunities as men, we have equal chances of getting jobs and representation so we should aim for better opportunities. We can take care of our families and not to depend merely on men. I would like also to encourage the women who look down upon themselves that everything is possible.

September 9, 2015

Defender legalite

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September 9, 2015

Promouvoir le genre agir comme si tout dependait de lui

Il attribue linspiration de son engagements dans la lutte et la promotion du genre seules ecritures.

September 9, 2015

Babua Bienvenue

Prière de raconter une histoire courte qui peut être comique, émotionnelle ou significative et qui démontre l ’essence de votre travail ou celui de votre leader. Comment est-ce que vous ou votre leader vous qualifiez en tant qu ’acteur de changement ? Indiquez-le clairement dès le début de l ’histoire (300 mots)

September 9, 2015

Elizabeth Riziki – Tanzania

When I worked with Tanzania Youth Vision Association (TYVA), I led the organisation although I was only 23 years old. As a young woman I was elected to lead a vibrant youth organisation with branches all over Tanzania. Due to the activities of its activists, organisations that were looking for a favour from government avoided us. Once when we marked AIDS day, a partner pulled out at the last minute and I encouraged my committee to continue with the event without the partner by cutting unnecessary costs. The event went well and even the team was surprised as they had been disappointed and heartbroken because we needed money for some of our operations.

September 9, 2015

Government

Name Country 1. Victor Shipo Namibia 2. Dorothy Chingaipe Malawi 3. Faratiana Niarintsoa Clémence Madagascar 4. Marie Josea Rasoanandrainy Madagascar 5. Misheck Mdambo Malawi 6. Delic Goitseone Sehunwe, Department of Community Development Botswana 7. Elizabeth Mamapilo – Botswana Police Service Botswana 8. Doolore Boodhun Mauritius 9. Agatha Ntauma À“ Ministry of Gender Mozambique  

August 18, 2015 Themes: SADC Protocol on Gender and Development