Local Action for a strong 2030 A-gender in Southern Africa!

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Country Summits
Botswana | Lesotho | MauritiusMadagascar | Mozambique | South Africa | Swaziland  |  Zimbabwe



What is the summit?

The 2017/2018 Gender Justice and Local Government Summits in seven countries are themed, Local Action for a strong 2030  A-gender in Southern Africa! Following a concerted advocacy campaign by the Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance, SADC Heads of State signed the Agenda 2030 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 and indicators for achieving Agenda 2030. To download the full concept note, click here.

Prior to the summits, Centres of Excellence Verification will be conducted to monitor and track council’s onsite on their gender mainstreaming efforts as guided by their gender and gender based violence action plans. These verification exercises will take place to review council evidence files showing their documentation of actions taken towards gender mainstreaming, promoting gender equality and justice. The verification meetings and workshops will also be used to assist councils to submit their 2017 summit applications on the Survey Gizmo online platforms. In consultation with the councils, different dates will be set for these meetings and workshops in November and early December. The outcomes of these meetings will also further inform final selection of councils that will qualify to attend the summits.

Gender Links staff will also collate annual monitoring and evaluation forms administered within the council communities and at the summits to track progress in the implementation of the SADC Gender Protocol Quiz, Attitudes Survey, Knowledge Quiz and the newly developed Local Government Citizen’s Score Card. This 25 question Local Government Citizen’s questionnaire will provide community members served by councils the opportunity to assess and measure council’s progress towards achieving gender sensitive and responsive service delivery. The results will assist in strengthened policies and development projects that are implemented to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and SADC Gender Protocol Agenda 2030.

Ongoing 365 and 16 Days of Activism Campaigns held ahead of and during the summits, will be leveraged on to increase lobbying and advocacy for ending Gender Based Violence and promoting women’s bodily autonomy.  Gender Links offices in Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe will collaborate with councils and strategic partners to organise facilitate activities and lobbying campaigns at national and local community levels. These events will also be used as important platforms for documenting about influential leaders making a promoting transformation and making a positive difference in ending GBV in their communities.

One year on, the 2017 SADC Protocol@Work Summits will continue to provide a platform for knowledge dissemination and sharing of best practices in diverse thematic areas across the SADC region. Local government councils, government departments, community based organisations (CBOs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and gender activists will meet to share best practices and strategies for localising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), SADC Gender Protocol and learn how to connect the dots between policies and implementation. The summits, to be held under the theme: 50/50 by 2030: Empower Women, End Violence, precede the Sixteen days of Activism from 25 November to 10 December and set the tone for building concerted approaches to 356 Days actions to end gender based violence (GBV) community by community.

The SADC Protocol@Work Summits are planned to take place in seven countries GL has offices – Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Mauritius, South Africa and Zimbabwe, over two days between November 2017 and February 2018.

In the countries where the SADC Protocol@Work Summits are taking place, the recently completed 2017 SADC Gender Protocol Barometer will also be launched.

Best practices in entrepreneurship and life skills as means of ending violence and empowering women, will also be recognised at the summits in each country. Women entrepreneurs have been involved in a life skills and entrepreneurship project since 2013 and they will be provided another opportunity to present their business successes at the summits.

Entries for the GJLG summit institutional applications will be restricted to the local government COE’s that have completed stages four and five of the COE process (they must have action plans) and have implemented these plans for at least six months.



This award recognises the Drivers of Change who have championed the Post 2015 SADC Gender Protocol and its related SDG targets at local and/or national level and can show evidence of results. Governments, Councils, NGOs, CBOs and Faith Based Organisations are welcome to apply! Fill in the online form

Download the Word document for reference purposes only

Project-best-practise This award recognises innovative programmes and projects to advance the Post 2015 SADC Gender Protocol and its related SDG targets in the following categories, aligned to the Alliance theme clusters: Governance, including the 50/50 campaign, peace security, constitutional and legal rights Economic justice, including education, training, and economic development; Sexual and Reproductive Rights including GBV, HIV and AIDS Climate Change and Sustainable Development;

Economic justice, including education, training, and economic development. Governments, Councils, NGOs, CBOs and Faith Based Organisations are welcome to apply! Fill in the online form

Download the Word document for reference purposes only


This award recognises progress in mainstreaming gender in the local government Centres of Excellence that have completed the ten-stage process. It comprises a gender and local government score card that has been updated and aligned to the Post 2015 SADC Gender and Development Protocol. Compulsory evidence includes the Council’s Post 2015 Gender Action Plan devised with support from GL in the course of 2016 to 2017; council budget and at least one photo. While other evidence is optional, councils are urged to submit as much evidence as possible. Only Centres of Excellence for Gender in Local Government should apply. Fill in the online form

Download the Word document for online purposes only


Entrepreneurship Application Form.

Local government resourcefulness urban best performance
Local government resourcefulness rural best performance
Emerging Entrepreneur best performance


  •  To gather evidence on the SADC Gender Protocol@Work through case studies on leadership programmes as well as institutional practise.
  • To popularise the Agenda 2030 SADC Gender Protocol and its related Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) gender targets and indicators.
  • To establish progress scores for the Centres of Excellence for Gender in Local Government in line with the Post 2015 SADC Gender and Sustainable Development Agenda.
  • To promote discussion and reflection on what works to end gender violence, as part of the 2017 Sixteen Days of Activism campaign.
  • To acknowledge and affirm survivors of gender violence who are reclaiming their lives.
  • To launch the 2017 SADC Gender Protocol Barometer and to use this evidence to strengthen the Agenda 2030 Action and Results Agenda.

Target groups – leave no one behind!

  • Southern Africa Gender Protocol Alliance network members – NGOs, CBOs and Faith Based Organisations.
  • Government departments and institutions.
  • Centres of Excellence for Gender in Local Government including councillors; Gender Focal Persons; Gender Champions
  • Gender Drivers of Change including Emerging entrepreneurs

Background to the SADC Gender Protocol@ Work Summits

Adopted in 2008, the SADC Gender Protocol is a unique sub-regional instrument for promoting gender equality that brings together regional, continental and global commitments to gender equality in one instrument, with an initial alignment to the Millennium Development Goals that expired in 2015.

SADC Protocol@Work summits evolved out of the biannual Gender and Media summits held since 2004 and the annual Gender Justice and Local Government summits that started in 2011. In 2013, with pressure mounting for the 2015 deadline of the SADC Gender Protocol (initially aligned to the MDGs) the summits came together in one annual SADC Gender Protocol@Work summit. Under the umbrella of the SADC Gender Protocol Alliance, and with the strapline, 2015-Action and Results, the 2015 summits focused on progress made towards achieving the 28 targets of the SADC Gender Protocol by the initial deadline of 2015, as well as action in strengthening the regional instrument Post- 2015. The 2015 regional summit took place on the eve of the SADC Heads of State summit in Botswana, one of the two SADC countries that is not yet signatory to the SADC Gender Protocol although the country has been leading the review process. In all, the SADC Protocol@Work summits have gathered over 2000 case studies of the SADC Protocol@Work.


From 2015 to 2016, the Alliance mounted a concerted campaign for the adoption of a strong Post 2015 SADC Gender Protocol in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SADC Gender Protocol is unique among SADC Protocols for being reviewed and updated in light of the changing times. In August 2016 SADC Heads of State adopted the Agenda 2030 SADC Gender Protocol, aligned to the SDGs, Beijing Plus Twenty and the African Agenda 2063. Although the revised Protocol drops all references to specific timeframes, it will be accompanied by a Monitoring, Evaluation and Results Framework that incorporates the gender targets and indictors of the SDGs, that are due to be achieved by 2030. Notable gains include stronger rights based language, especially on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, as well as a new section on Gender and Climate Change. Please see here the Agenda 2030 SADC Gender and Development Protocol.

The SADC 2017 Barometer

The 2016 SADC Gender Protocol Barometer detailing all these developments can be accessed here. The executive summary and attitudes survey can be accessed for free. The full Barometer and specific chapters can be ordered online as detailed on the website.

The Agenda 2030 SADC Gender Protocol and local government

Since June 2016, the over 400 Centres of Excellence for Gender and Local Government in ten SADC countries have been updating their gender action plans in line with the Post 2015 SADC Gender Protocol and the Sustainable Development Goals. The summit offers an opportunity to establish new baseline scores for the action plans and to gather data on Gender Responsive Budgeting.

Emerging Entrepreneurs

Since 2013, GL has worked with 1500 survivors of gender violence in a unique life skills and entrepreneurship training programme linked to the Centres of Excellence for Gender in Local Government. The entrepreneurs involved in the programme will be requested to upload their completed Gender Empowerment Index on this LINK on Survey Gizmo online platform. The completed application will be used to determine the participants that will be invited to present and share their best practices at the summits.


Submission rules

  • All applications must be submitted NO LATER than 17.00 hours on 15 December 2017.
  • All submissions must be made on-line using the online forms. If for any reason you are unable to submit your application on-line, please contact the Gender Links country office for technical support.
  • The application forms should contain full contact details of the entrant, physical address, telephone and, e-mail address.
  • For each entry, you will need to fill in the online form and upload supporting evidence as stated and guided in the application form.

 Key dates


Call for entries 13 December 2017 To be circulated extensively through all networks at local, national and regional levels.
Submission of entries deadline 31 January 2018 Late submissions and or those that do not adhere to the guidelines set out will not be considered.
Screening 08 February 2018 Distinguished and experienced panels in each category advised by a team of experts from the partner organisations, working from a standard set of criteria.
Summits As per summit dates in each country in 2018. SADC Protoco@Work nationals summits to be held in a selected venue in each of the nine countries hosting the summits – Botswana, Madagascar, Mauritius, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Lesotho and Mozambique will hold their summits end November 2017 as per schedule provided.

Only finalists may receive sponsorship to travel to the summit in each country. Others are welcome to attend but will have to make their own arrangements to do so. Self-sponsored are welcome. Please communicate with the GL country manager to assist with the processes for self-sponsorship.

For more information contact the relevant Gender Links country office on details below or the Head Quarters (Johannesburg): Governance Manager on e-mail – governance@genderlinks.co.za or phone 27 11 029 0006/ 27 11 028 2410.

Summit dates





GJLG Summits 2017 – 2018








Mauritius 13 February 2018 14 February 2018 TBC
Madagascar 15 February 2018 16 February 2018 Antananarivo
Botswana 27 February 2018 28 February 2018 Gaborone
Zimbabwe 22 March 2018 23 March 2018 Harare
South Africa 28 March 2018 29 March 2018 Johannesburg
Mozambique 27 June 2018 28 June 2018 Maputo

* Gender Links Lesotho held their summit at the end of November in 2017. The country timeline for submission of applications was communicated by the Gender Links office in Lesotho. A press release of the summit is also on the Gender Links website here.


The summits this year will only take place at national level. The awards in each country comprise:

  1. Gender Drivers of Change
2. Project Best Practice Award Governance, including the 50/50 campaign, peace security, constitutional and legal rights Winner
3. Project Best Practice Award Economic justice, including education, training, and economic development; Winner
4. Project Best Practice Award Sexual and Reproductive Rights including GBV, HIV and AIDS; Winner
5. Project Best Practice Award; Climate Change and Sustainable Development Winner
6. Local Government COE – urban overall best performance Winner
7. Local Government COE rural – overall best performance Winner
8. Local government resourcefulness urban best performance Winner
9. Local government resourcefulness rural best performance Winner
10. Emerging Entrepreneur best performance Winner
11. Emerging Entrepreneur best performance Runner up



If you have any queries, please contact a GL country office or send an E Mail to mande@genderlinks.org.za.