Constitutional & legal rights – SADC Barometer 2017


SADC Gender Protocol Barometer 2017
Chapter 1
Southern Africa, August 2017



Constitutional and legal rights provide the foundation for a rights-based approach to achieving gender equality. The chapter highlights progress made in the last year based on the Post-2015 SADC Gender Protocol. The revised Protocol has strengthened rights language, especially in relation to child marriages, and other harmful practices, but avoided being too prescriptive on sensitive subjects like custom and culture. Zambia completed its constitutional review process in January 2016, and this included alignment with the SADC Gender Protocol.

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Colleen Lowe Morna, Sifisosami Dube and Lucia Makamure

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