The Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance is a “network of the networks” that campaigned for the SADC Gender Protocol in 2008. The SADC Gender Protocol is a unique sub-regional instrument that brings together existing continental and global commitments to achieving gender equality and enhanced these through 28 specific targets to be achieved by 2015, in line with Goal Three of the Millennium Development Goals.

Since 2010, the Alliance has gathered nearly 2000 case studies of the SADC Protocol@Work at summits that began at regional level but soon cascaded to national and in 2014 to district level.

In the count down to the 2015 deadline for the 28 targets of the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development, the 2015 SADC Gender Protocol Summits present an opportunity to take stock of the progress made in attaining gender equality. National summits will be held from May to June 2015 while the regional summit will be held in Gaborone, Botswana, ahead of the SADC Heads of State Summit in August 2015.