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Revised SADC gender protocol enters into force

SANF 18 No. 43 – by Nyarai Kampilipili in Windhoek, Namibia A total of 12 countries in southern Africa have now signed the agreement amending a regional protocol that aims to advance gender equality and equity bringing the revised document into force.

Women drive SADC integration agenda

SANF 17 no 35 – by Nyarai Kampilipili and Kizito Sikuka in Pretoria, South Africa The event had nothing to do with the annual Women’s Month that is celebrated here in South Africa every August to remember the sacrifices and contribution of women to the struggle for social equality.

BRICS bank to unlock Africa’s economic potential

SANF 17 no 38 – by Nyarai Kampilipili in Pretoria, South Africa The launch of a regional development bank by the BRICS countries to service the African continent is a positive development that is expected to unlock the continent’s socio-economic potential.

SADC economic outlook generally bright despite challenges

SANF 17 no 40 – by Nyarai Kampilipili in Pretoria, South Africa The economic situation in southern Africa is generally stable with most countries experiencing improved growth. SADC Executive Secretary, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax told the 37th Ordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government in Pretoria, South Africa which opened on 19 August that the overall “macroeconomic situation and economic performance in the SADC region has remained positive, registering an upward trend in economic performance, albeit at a decreasing trend.”

SADC gender ministers push forward the gender agenda

SANF 17 no 25 – by Nyarai Kampilipili in Ezulwini, Swaziland Southern Africa has made significant progress towards promoting gender equality and equity in the region. However, there is need to maintain the momentum and even push forward the regional gender agenda to ensure that the Southern African Development Community (SADC) fully realizes equality and empowerment of both women and men.

Botswana signs SADC gender protocol

by Nyarai Kampilipili – SANF 17 no 20 A total of 14 countries in southern Africa out of the 15 have now signed a regional protocol that aims to advance gender equality and equity. On 10 May Botswana became the latest Southern African Development Community (SADC) member state to sign the Revised SADC Protocol on Gender and Development.

Empowerment of women vital to sustainable development

by Nyarai Kampilipili – SANF 17 no 13 The global community continues to make significant progress to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment for sustainable development. However, a number of challenges still hamper efforts by most countries, particularly those in Africa to fully advance gender empowerment in all spheres of development including political, economic and social.

Botswana ready to sign SADC gender protocol

by Nyarai Kampilipili and Kizito Sikuka – SANF 17 no 15 The announcement by Botswana that it is ready to sign a regional protocol that advances gender equality and equity signals another important step towards the empowerment of women and sustainable development in southern Africa.

Promoting gender equality is a collective effort

by Nyarai Kampilipili – SANF 17 no 5 Advancing gender equality and equity is a collective effort that should be championed by both women and men to ensure sustainable socio-economic development.