- Comoros, set to become the 16th SADC Member State in August, is a progressive Islamic state, but still facing many gender challenges.
- All of the 15 existing SADC Member States except Mauritius have signed the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development, but only ten have signed the amendment. One more country needs to do so for the amendment to go into force.
- Namibia, the new chair of SADC, received the Gender is My Agenda Campaign (GIMAC) Award in 2017 for its efforts to promote gender equality. Namibia is likely to be next to sign the amended Protocol.