Johannesburg, South Africa – AWEPA supported the Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF) in the organisation of a two-day parliamentary dialogue, held on 31 August and 1 September in Johannesburg, South Africa. The theme of the dialogue was “The Strategic Role of Legislatures in the Revised SADC Protocol on Gender and Development”.
The event was co-funded by UN Women and several SADC national parliaments. The main objective of the dialogue was to provide delegates with an opportunity to provide critical input to the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development, which is currently under review. Participants included members and staff from a number of national parliaments, and members of the SADC-PF Secretariat.
As a result of the deliberations participants reached an agreement on:
- An approach on areas of collaboration with the Standing Committees on Women’s Affairs and/or Gender Equality of the national parliaments;
- The nature of inputs to the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development currently under review;
- The strategy for the future relationship and collaboration between the Committee on Gender Equality, Women’s Advancement and Youth Development (GEWA&YD) and the Standing Committees on Gender
and/or Women of the national parliaments.
In addition, the legislators proposed upgrading Article 34 on Institutional Arrangements. Based on this upgrade, the SADC Forum of Chairpersons of Standing Committees on Gender and/or Women, given its mandate, viz. oversight, legislation and representation, will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the revised Protocol by the Executive.
The dialogue also led to the adoption of a number of resolutions. Notably, the legislators re-affirmed their commitment to the 50% gender parity goal in political and decision-making positions in the public and private sectors; and committed to proposing an article on gender responsive monitoring, evaluation, performance indicators and results, to be included in the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development.