Botswana must sign SADC Gender Protocol

SHARE   |   Monday, 12 March 2018   |   By Bogolo Kenewendo
Botswana must sign SADC Gender Protocol

This morning (Friday) I had a Minister’s question time. Below are some of my initial thoughts preceding the Minister’s response. We need more than celebrations, we need to truly #Pressforprogress and ensure there is inclusivity in our Development. It is definitely about time that Botswana signs the SADC Gender Protocol and we are looking forward to its implementation towards gender parity. I’ll share the response once I have it. Minister’s Question time: Update on the Status of the Gender Protocol by Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs. It has been a long journey towards gender equality and equity; there have been more than enough gender equality instruments both at the international and regional space including the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Beijing Declaration and its Platform of Action, The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, and the Millennium Development goals(MDGs). All of the above culminated in a consolidation and harmonization of policies into the SADC Gender Protocol. Therefore, the Protocol consolidates and creates synergies between various commitments on gender equality and women’s empowerment into one comprehensive regional instrument that enhances the capacity to plan, implement and monitor the SADC Gender agenda effectively. The Objectives of the above are among others to provide for the empowerment of women, to eliminate discrimination and to achieve gender equality and equity through the development and implementation of gender responsive legislation, policies, programmes and projects.
Preceding the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development, SADC Council of Ministers adopted the SADC Gender Policy (2007). SADC Heads of State and Government also signed the SADC Declaration on Gender and Development in September 1997, followed by its Addendum on the Prevention and Eradication of Violence against Women and Children in September 1998. SADC Heads of State and Government signed and adopted the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development in August 2008 with the exception of Botswana and Mauritius. Out of the 13 Member States that have signed, 11 have already ratified the Protocol. Botswana has since then signed a revised version of the protocol. Today still in the Month of women, in line with this years theme we ask “how is the government Pressing for Progress” ?
What is the current status of the SADC Gender Protocol?
What happens following the signing of the protocol?
Which of the targets of SADC protocol are priority areas?
How inclusive will the implementation be particularly for women in rural areas? Will this protocol lead to revision of targeting processes for poverty eradication programs so they meet the needs of the vulnerable? How does the gender department and the protocol deal with transgender issues? Sensitization of the protocol commitments ...has the program with the dikgosi started? Plans for social media engagement? Have there been CSO engagement? Will there be gender sensitivity training across various departments especially those dealing with sensitive issues such as police, health institutions etc..?

#Womensmonth #pressforprogress #Inclusion #SEMP
*Bogolo Kenewendo
Specially Elected Member of Parliament