Zambia Barometer 2013: Executive Summary

Date: November 25, 2013
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Zambia has signed and ratified the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development. This is a major step that demonstrates commitment by Zambia in accelerating efforts towards achieving gender equality. The SADC Gender Protocol (SGP) came into force in September 2012, implying that it is now a legally binding document and states are required to domesticate the provisions of the SGP.

The Zambia 2013 Gender Protocol Barometer is the fifth annual tracking report of the country’s performance against the 28 targets of the SGP set for 2015. The Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance, represented in Zambia by Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA), has conducted this audit annually.

The Southern Africa Gender Protocol Alliance uses two measures to rate each SADC state’s performance towards meeting the 28 targets: the SADC Gender and Development Index (SGDI), introduced in the 2011 regional barometer, and the complementary Citizen Score Card (CSC), which has been running for three years. This year’s edition further draws on case studies submitted for the SADC Protocol@Work summit. The case studies illustrate how individuals and organisations are making the provisions of the SGP a reality.

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