SADC Gender protocol now in full force

By Banthu Times 16/08/2013Ms Madibela

The Gender Unit of the SADC says the bloc’s Protocol on Gender and Women’s Empowerment is now full force following the ratification of a majority of member states.

Malawi is among the 11 countries that have ratified the protocol, sending the instrument into full motion in terms of implementation.

“The SADC Protocol on gender and development was signed by SADC heads of state in August 2008 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Now, the protocol has entered into force. We have received sufficient ratifications for the protocol now to be in effect. So essentially, SADC member states are now ready to champion and implement the SADC protocol and effectively deliver the commitments they made for gender equality and women’s empowerment.

“Malawi is one of the countries that have ratified the protocol and has already deposited its instrument of ratification. Other ten countries out of the 15 SADC member states have also ratified the protocol,” announced Magdeline Madibela SADC Head of the Gender and Development Program during a media briefing in Lilongwe on Tuesday.
She said the forthcoming summit will now see how to make the protocol to become reality in the lives of women and girls.

“There are a number of issues that the SADC summit of heads of state and government will look into in terms of gender issues. While they will effectively look at seeing how the protocol will work hand in hand with national gender policies and action plans, the president’s meeting will also note progress made in women representation in decision making positions in all the member states,” said Madibela.