Prior to 2013, GL held separate Gender Justice and Local Government  and Gender and Media Summits. Since 2013, GL and the Alliance have held annual SADC Gender Protocol@Work summits, bringing together work in all the ten theme areas of the Protocol. Gender Protocol Barometers have showcased practical examples of positive change from the ground. In 2016 GL carried out an analysis of SADC Protocol@Work summit entries on Sexual and Reproductive Health which can be viewed here. You can also download an analysis of case studies from 2017 and 2018 here.

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You can view a list of the case studies from the Protocol@Work summits below. You can also search the case studies by country, category, year and language. You can choose a particular country or a particular year, or you can choose of combination of any of the 4 options. Click on the down arrow next to the option and make your choice. Then click on the search button and the results will display below.

Botswana: Marital rape case breaks new ground

Marital rape was one of the most contentious issues in the negotiations on the SADC Gender Protocol, with many countries resisting any explicit reference to it. Although Botswana is not a signatory to the Protocol, advocacy around it has paved the way for test cases and progressive legislation.

Zambia: Anti-gender Based Violence Act passed

The Anti Gender Based Violence Act (2011), signed off by Zambian President Rupiah Banda in April 2011 is a major step forward in the fight against gender based violence (GBV) in Zambia. One of the most comprehensive laws on GBV in SADC, the Act gives hope to many women and children who have been subjected to GBV without adequate recourse.

Malawi works to close gender gaps in education

Malawi works to close gender gaps in education

In Malawi the government increased the overall budgetary allocation to the Ministry of Education by 26% in 2010-2011 budget. While there are no gender disaggregated data on these figures, the Malawi government has instituted a number of steps to close the gender gaps in education.

October 7, 2011 Themes: Education | Protocol
Programs: Protocol @ work | SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Zambia: Re-entry policy puts girls back in school

From the time government introduced the re-entry policy, civil society, the church and other stakeholders have joined hands to see to it that young mothers are able to complete their education by going back to school. Before 1991, once a girl dropped out of school for felling pregnant, it would mark the end of her enrolment in any education system.

October 7, 2011 Themes: Education | Protocol
Programs: Protocol @ work | SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Education Centre for Adolescent Women in Botswana

In Botswana the Young Women’s Christian Association has provided hope to many young women who become pregnant by helping them continue with their education through the YWCA Education Centre for Adolescent Women (ECAW). Article 14 of the SADC Gender Protocol calls upon State Parties, to enact laws that promote equal access to, and retention in primary, secondary, tertiary, vocational and non-formal education in accordance with the Protocol on Education and Training and the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

Education for All in Madagascar keeps girls in school

Education for All in Madagascar keeps girls in school

The National Movement for Education for All in Madagascar (NMEAM) launched a campaign for positive discrimination in favour of girls in 2011. The campaign is promoting Article 14 of the SADC Gender Protocol which calls upon States Parties, by 2015 to enact laws that promote equal access to and retention in primary, secondary, tertiary, vocational and non-formal education in accordance with the Protocol on Education and Training and the Millennium Development Goals.

Zambian land policy guarantees ownership by women

During the launch of 2010 Barometer in Lusaka, Vincent Mbumwe, information specialist in the Ministry of Gender, announced that the government had enacted a policy to ensure that 30% of the land is owned by women. While this is yet to be put into practice, the Ministry of Local Government and Housing as well as traditional leadership, the adoption of this policy, and its direct linkage to the provisions of the Protocol, mark a key breakthrough.

September 30, 2011 Themes: Land | Protocol
Programs: Protocol @ work | SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Botswana: Women farmers lead the way

In most countries there is hardly gender disaggregated data available on women farmers. Botswana, on the other hand, is proudly able to announce that it has 404,706 landowners of whom 186,699 (46%) are women: undeniably the highest proportion of women land owners in the region.

September 30, 2011 Themes: Agriculture | Protocol
Programs: Protocol @ work | SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Lesotho takes steps to empower women economically

In Lesotho women and girls in the rural areas have great difficulty accessing credit. Most women do not meet the compliance conditions of financial institutions and do not have property to use as collateral. In response the Lesotho Government has recently given attention to ensuring access to these services. Processes to reform the relevant legal frameworks and establish micro credit schemes are also underway.

September 30, 2011 Themes: Business | Economics | Protocol
Programs: Protocol @ work | SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Mauritius targets women

Mauritius’ commitment to empowering women is underscored in the 2011 Mauritius Budget: “We cannot talk about raising the nation’s productivity without giving some deep thoughts to the low participation rate of women in the economy, which is 43 percent compared to 76 percent for men.

September 30, 2011 Themes: Business | Economics | Protocol
Programs: Protocol @ work | SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

GBI initiative in Tanzania is bearing fruit

The Gender Budgeting Initiative in Tanzania that began as an NGO process in 1997 has now been institutionalised within government with all line departments required to account for the gender responsiveness of their budgets.

September 30, 2011 Themes: Business | Economics | Protocol
Programs: Protocol @ work | SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Charting a New Growth Path (NGP)

Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) and the World Bank South Africa Office (World Bank) are leading a campaign in South Africa to engender the country’s New Growth Path[1] (NGP) and Vision 2025[2].

September 30, 2011 Themes: Business | Protocol
Programs: Protocol @ work | SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance