Constitutional & legal rights – SADC Barometer 2018


SADC Gender Protocol Barometer 2018
Chapter 1
Southern Africa, August 2018



Constitutional and legal rights are a crucial indicator of the level of respect for human rights in a country and they provide context in its developmental trajectory. Development cannot occur without human rights and protection of women’s rights plays a significant role in any country’s development process. This chapter highlights progress made in the last year based on the Post-2015 SADC Gender Protocol. With its improved rights language, stakeholders expected the 2015 Gender Protocol to stimulate positive advancements in women’s rights protections. However, the region shows mixed progress, with countries stalled in certain instances. The courts have continued to play a vital role in upholding women’s rights and compelling SADC Member States to do more to protect women’s rights.

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