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In 2019, Gender Links and the Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance will have #Voice and Choice Summits in 15 SADC countries. The Summits will run from June 2019 to April 2020. Winners at national level will compete in a regional summit in Johannesburg in 2020. All applications must be done through your country Summit page. Please click on your country to access the relevant Summit page.



Country pages

Angola Botswana DRC eSwatini Lesotho
Madagascar Malawi Mauritius Mozambique Namibia
Seychelles South Africa Tanzania Zambia Zimbabwe

The country pages have information on:

  • The categories that will be included in your country Summit
  • Links to the online forms.
  • The deadline for submission of good practices.
  • The dates for the Summit
  • Contact information


Objectives

  • To gather evidence on #VoiceandChoice through case studies on action, leadership and institutional practise.
  • To acknowledge and affirm survivors of gender violence who are reclaiming their lives.
  • To establish new baseline scores for the Centres of Excellence for Gender in Local Government in line with the Agenda 2030 SADC Protocol on Gender and Development.
  • To promote discussion and reflection on what works to achieve gender equality and justice.


Categories

In 2019 good practices will be gathered in the following categories:

#VoiceandChoice Action Awards
This award recognises innovative programmes in the following categories:

1)    Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) including: Menstrual health;  Maternal health;  SRHR Services and Comprehensive Sexual Education; Teenage pregnancies; Safe Abortion; HIV and AIDS; Child marriages; GBV;  Sexual diversity.

2)    Economic justice

3)    Gender and governance governance

4)    Gender and climate change

#VoiceandChoice Youth Award
This award recognises innovative efforts by youth groups and associations to promote holistic, sustainable, youth and gender friendly policies, services and practices.
Who is eligible Countries
Governments, Councils, local service providers including local clinics, NGOs, CBOs and Faith Based Organisations, youth organisations are welcome to apply! Junior councils, youth organisations All SADC countries
#VoiceandChoice Media Awards
This award recognises gender aware coverage of SRHR including Menstrual health; Maternal health;  Services and Comprehensive Sexual Education; Teenage pregnancies; Safe Abortion; HIV and AIDS; Child marriages; GBV;  Sexual diversity
Who is eligible Countries
Print, radio, television and online stories on SRHR in the public, state, private or community media. All SADC countries
#VoiceandChoice Drivers of Change Awards
This award recognises the Drivers of Change who have championed the Gender Protocol and its related SDG targets at local and/or national level and can show evidence of results.
Who is eligible Countries
Governments, Councils, NGOs, CBOs and Faith Based Organisations, youth organisations are welcome to apply! All SADC countries
Sunrise campaign – Empower women, end violence Awards
This award recognises the achievements of women who participated in the Sunrise Campaign. Local councils will set up a local level adjudication. The winning candidate will proceed to the national Summit.
Who is eligible Countries
Participants in the Sunrise Campaign in nine countries should apply through the local councils. There will be two categories for current and past participants. Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Centres of Excellence for Gender in Local Government
 

 

Who is eligible Countries
Centres of Excellence for Gender in Local Government; Junior councils, youth organisations Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe


Dates and deadlines

Country Deadline for entries Date of summit
Mauritius 20 May 2019 31 May – 01 June 2019
Botswana 22 May 2019 5-6 June 2019
Madagascar 29 May 2019 13-14 June 2019
South Africa 10 June 2019 27-28 June 2019
Seychelles 20 June 2019 5 July 2019
Malawi 20 June 2019 11-12 July 2019
Namibia 28 June 2019 17-18 July 2019
DRC 28 June 2019 18-19 July 2019
Angola 5 July 2019 25-26 July 2019
Mozambique 09 August 2019 15-16 August 2019
Tanzania 5 July 2019 25-26 July 2019
eSwatini 30 August 2019 April 2020
Lesotho 30 August 2019 19-20 September 2019
Zambia February 2020 March 2020
Zimbabwe 30 August 2019 26-27 September 2019
Regional by June 2020


Awards

1.    #VoiceandChoice SRHR awards
2.    #VoiceandChoice GBV Award
3.    #VoiceadChoice Youth Award
4.    #VoiceandChoice Media Award
5.    #VoiceandChoice Governance award
6.    #VoiceandChoice economic justice award
7.    #VoiceandChoice Gender and climate change award
8.    Local Government COE – urban overall best performance
9.    Local Government COE rural – overall best performance
10. Local government COE most resourceful urban council
11. Local government COE best improved performance
12. Local government most resourceful rural council
13. Sunrise campaign 6 to 12 months
14. Sunrise campaign longer than 12 months


Background

The tenth edition of the SADC Gender Protocol Barometer, published in 2018, put a spotlight on the inter-linked gender justice issues of our time including menstrual health, comprehensive sexual education, teenage pregnancies, safe abortion, maternal health, GBV, HIV and Aids, and sexual diversity.

The Voice and choice campaign moves the gender justice agenda from the Post 2015 era to include individual and collective voices to advocate for change. The agenda will be driven by citizens demands and voices. By improving citizens’ wellbeing, institutions and other stakeholders are building a critical citizenry that can hold governments accountable.

During 2018 and 2019 GL and the Alliance have developed 37 national SRHR and 103 local SRHR campaigns. In addition, GL worked with 95 councils across ten countries to update their SRHR plans. The Voice and Choice Summit provide an important checkpoint to evaluation the implementation of the campaigns and action plans at national and local level.