Press Release: 2015, yes we can!


Date: May 8, 2013
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Johannesburg, 25 April: The regional SADC Gender Protocol Summit, attended by over 300 people, hosted by Gender Links came to a celebratory close last night with the Summit Awards commending gender champions from across the Southern African region. Finalists from the 12 national summits, held during March and early April competed head to head to secure awards for gender mainstreaming and for pushing the gender agenda forward. The awards were held at the Injabulo Hall at the Indaba Hotel in Johannesburg.

After a gruelling judging process, Gender Links and the Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance awarded 45 gender champions (34 women and 11 men) prizes for their efforts to put the SADC Gender Protocol to work. Local government, media and civil society representatives presented good practices on the 28 targets of this unique sub-regional instrument that are to be achieved by 2015. Former South African deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka presented the awards at the joyous ceremony held under the banner, “2015, yes we can, and yes we must!”

The event featured entries in categories including Gender Based Violence and Conflict Resolution, Education and Economic Development, Climate Change, Sexual and Reproductive Health, HIV and AIDS and Constitutional, legal rights and governance. Other presentations covered Centres of Excellence (COEs) for gender and leadership in local government and the media.

The regional summit followed twelve national summits bringing to together over 1400 participants and gathering 742 best practices of the SADC Gender Protocol @ Work. 81 participants travelled and 29 got passports for the first time.

“Suddenly the impetus is reinvigorated, people have been reminded that the 2015 is looming. What was really positive is the involvement of young people demonstrating the enthusiasm of the new generation taking the baton forward,” said Kubi Rama, Chief of Operations at Gender links.

GL CEO Colleen Lowe Morna said, “In this summit we are all winners. We walk away as drivers of change, foot soldiers for a region in which women and men are able to realise their full potential in their public and private lives.”

The awards went to the participants below.

CATEGORY

PROGRAMME

AWARDS

PRESENTER

INSTITUTION

SEX

COUNTRY

GBV/CONFLICT RESOLUTION

ALLIANCE

WINNER

Fabian Sampaya

Kaprivi Organisation for Community Action and Development

M

Namibia

RUNNER UP

Jennifer Lesitse

Gamodubu Child Care Trust

F

Botswana

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

WINNER

Glen Mhango

Polokwane Municipality, South Africa

F

South Africa

RUNNER UP

Marie Flore Bezenarizana

Federation for the promotion of women and children, Tamatave

F

Madagascar

CONSTITUTIONAL, LEGAL RIGHTS AND GOVERNANCE

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

WINNER

Lantoharitiana Ranoromalala

Rural commune of Antanamitarana

F

Madagascar

RUNNER UP

Helena Mkosana

Kwekwe City Council

F

Zimbabwe

ALLIANCE

WINNER

Meghanaiygee Venketasamy

Women in Networking/ Women in Politics

F

Mauritius

RUNNER UP

Crispin Kongunde Kabolongo

Action Contre les Violations des Droits des Personnes

M

DRC

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

WINNER

Annete Breda

Masvingo City Council

F

Zimbabwe

RUNNER UP

Justin Randriamahefa

Rural Council of Tsiafahy

M

Madagascar

ALLIANCE

WINNER

Moeti Moleka

Society of Women Against AIDS in Lesotho

M

Lesotho

RUNNER UP

Alphose Rasolofoarinivo Andrianantenaina

Association of Certified Animators in Environmental Education

M

Madagascar

CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

WINNER

Regina Mojapheko

Chobe Districe Council

F

Botswana

RUNNER UP

Ruben Munien

Municipal Council of Curepipe

M

Mauritius

ALLIANCE

WINNER

Ellie Nowases

Ellies Flower and Vegetable Garden

F

Namibia

WINNER

Lyn Kota

Lower Usuthu Sustainable Land Management Project

F

Swaziland

SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, HEALTH, HIV/AIDS

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

WINNER

Constance, Chinyemba

Goromonzi Rural District Council

F

Zimbabwe

RUNNER UP

Phillippe Razafindramaro

Rural Council of Anjoman’akona

F

Madagascar

ALLIANCE

WINNER

Davi Mangala Soyjaudah

Ministry of Health and Quality of Life

F

Mauritius

RUNNER UP

Edinah Masiyiwa

Women’s Action Group

F

Zimbabwe

LOCAL GOVERNMENT COE’S

LOCAL GOVERNMENT MOST IMPROVED

WINNER

Municipal Council of Vacoas Phoenix

Mauritius

RUNNER UP

Selebi Phikwe Town Council

Botswana

BEST PERFORMER – RURAL

WINNER

Zvimba Rural District Council

Zimbabwe

RUNNER UP

Commune Antanamitarana

Madagascar

BEST PERFORMER – URBAN

WINNER

Naledi Masipa

Capricorn District Council

F

South Africa

RUNNER UP

District Council of Grand Port

Mauritius

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

WINNER

Edward Jantjies

Mossel Bay

M

South Africa

RUNNER UP

Zelda Hakskeen

Keetmanshoop Junior Council

Female

Namibia

MEDIA

WINNER

Luxmi Sambhoo

Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation

M

Mauritius

RUNNER UP

Aimee Gisele Rahantaniaina

Groupe L’Express de Madagascar

F

Madagascar

EDUCATION

ALLIANCE

WINNER

Rauna Haufika

Forum for African Women Educationalists Namibia

M

Namibia

RUNNER UP

Gahamadza Nokhukhanya

Junior Achievement Worldwide

F

Swaziland

FAITH BASED ORGANISATIONS

ALLIANCE

WINNER

Rachel Mkundai

Christian Social Services Commission

F

Tanzania

RUNNER UP

Elma Dienda

Namibia Catholic Bishops Conference

F

Namibia

MEDIA

MEDIA COE’S

MEDIA TIE

WINNER

Aimee Gisele Rahantaniaina

Groupe L’Express de Madagascar

F

Madagascar

WINNER

Soondarie Devi Soobhorun

Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation

F

Mauritius

MEDIA CONTENT

MEDIA PRINT

WINNER

Thandeka Moyo

F

Zimbabwe

RUNNER UP

Jenilaine Munien

F

Mauritius

MEDIA RADIO

WINNER

Melini Moses

F

South Africa

RUNNER UP

Melini Moses

F

South Africa

RUNNER UP

Zelda Hakskeen

F

Namibia

MEDIA TELEVISION

WINNER

Ester Malu Sabu

F

DRC

RUNNER UP

Mammusi Siska

F

Botswana

GENDER IN MEDIA INSTITUTIONS

MEDIA

WINNER

Maud Blose

Durban University of Technology

F

South Africa

RUNNER UP

Francis Chikunkuzeni

Polytechnic of Malawi

M

Malawi

 


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Sophy says:

Congratulation Rachel from Tanzania, keep it up

sophie

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