SADC Gender Protocol Barometer 2016

Date: August 15, 2016
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In the 2016 Barometer, the Alliance reviews the 23 empirical indicators that have been used to measure progress in achieving gender equality in the region through the SADC Gender and Development Index, and suggests many more indicators that can be added to this basket from the 56 gender indicators in the SDGs, as part of strengthening the Action and Results Agenda 2030. The next fifteen years beckon us to probe deeper, to ask why progress is so slow, and to go beyond superficial solutions. For this reason, the 2016 Barometer features the first ever Southern Africa Gender Attitude Survey that reminds us that even as we tick the boxes on policies, laws and budgets, long term and lasting change depends on changes in gender attitudes that surreptitiously but systematically undermine the gains we are making.

The fifteen countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC)scored 53% in the Gender Progress Score(GPS) administered by Alliance networksto over 46,000 respondents for the 2016Barometer. This ranges from 45% in Lesotho to65% in Mauritius. While women (55%) scored a littlehigher than men (51%) the overwhelming message isthat patriarchal attitudes remain the major stumblingblock in achieving gender equality in the SADC region.2016 marks the first time the survey has been carried outin all 15 SADC countries. This in-depth report on theresults is intended to prompt debate and thinking as wemove into the Post-2015 era on some of the less tangiblebut powerful barriers to achieving gender equality.

Author: Colleen Lowe Morna, Lucia Makamure, Sifiso Dube
ISBN: 978-0-9922433-7-1
Publisher: Gender Links
Year of Publication: 2016
Classification Number: 305.3 GEN