Mauritius: SADC Alliance calls on leaders to step up efforts on gender equality

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance has called on SADC Heads of State to put their weight behind the review of the SADC Gender Protocol, especially in the proposed Monitoring, Evaluation and Results (MER) Framework.

In a statement released Wednesday, copy of which was made available to PANA, the Alliance noted with concern that the action plan agreed by gender ministers in Harare in May 2015 for the review of the SADC Protocol is behind schedule.

The Alliance, which produces an annual Barometer on the state of gender equality in the region, reiterated its offer of technical support to ensure a strengthened Post-2015 Protocol.

It also expressed its fervent hope that the review process will pave the way for Botswana and Mauritius, the only two countries that have not signed the Protocol, to do so.

The SADC Gender Protocol is a unique sub-regional instrument adopted in 2008 that brings together African and global agreements to gender equality and enhances these through 28 targets that expire in 2015, also the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals.

The Alliance comprises of 15 SADC countries and 10 regional networks that campaigned for the adoption and implementation, and now the review of the SADC Gender Protocol.

With over 30 targets and indicators on gender, the SDGs offer the opportunity to strengthen the Gender Protocol in key areas, especially climate change and women's rights. The SADC Protocol is ahead of global provisions in other areas, such as the media, the communiqué indicated.
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