The Post-2015 Action and Results Era is here! Following a concerted advocacy campaign by the Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance, SADC Heads of State signed the Post 2015 SADC Gender Protocol in Mbabane, Swaziland in August 2016. Over 400 Centres of Excellence for Gender in Local Government have updated their gender action plans, setting new targets and indicators for the Post 2015 agenda. The 2016 SADC Protocol@Work Summits will provide a platform for knowledge dissemination and sharing of best practices across the SADC region. The summits, to be held under the theme: 50/50 by 2030: Empower Women, End Violence, coincide with the Sixteen days of Activism from 25 November to 10 December.
All entries must be received by 17.00 on Friday 4 November. Only entries made online will be accepted.
Background to the SADC Gender Protocol@ Work Summits
SADC Protocol@Work summits evolved out of the biannual Gender and Media summits held since 2004 and the annual Gender Justice and Local Government summits that started in 2011. In 2013, with pressure mounting for the 2015 deadline of the SADC Gender Protocol (initially aligned to the MDGs) the summits came together in one annual SADC Gender Protocol@Work summit. Under the umbrella of the SADC Gender Protocol Alliance, and with the strapline, 2015-Action and Results, the 2015 summits focused on progress made towards achieving the 28 targets of the SADC Gender Protocol by the initial deadline of 2015, as well as action in strengthening the regional instrument Post- 2015. In all, the SADC Protocol@Work summits have gathered over 2000 case studies of the SADC Protocol@Work.
From 2015 to 2016, the Alliance mounted a concerted campaign for the adoption of a strong Post 2015 SADC Gender Protocol in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SADC Gender Protocol is unique among SADC Protocols for being reviewed and updated in light of the changing times. In August 2016 SADC Heads of State adopted the Post-2015 SADC Gender Protocol, aligned to the SDGs, Beijing Plus Twenty and the African Agenda 2063. Although the revised Protocol drops all references to specific timeframes, it will be accompanied by a Monitoring, Evaluation and Results Framework that incorporates the gender targets and indictors of the SDGs. Notable gains include stronger rights based language, especially on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, as well as a new section on Gender and Climate Change. Please see the here the Post 2015 SADC Gender and Development Protocol.
GENDER DRIVERS OF CHANGE
This award recognises the Drivers of Change who have championed the Post 2015 SADC Gender Protocol and its related SDG targets at local and/or national level and can show evidence of results. Governments, Councils, NGOs, CBOs and Faith Based Organisations are welcome to apply!
This award recognises innovative programmes and projects to advance the Post 2015 SADC Gender Protocol and its related SDG targets in the following categories, aligned to the Alliance theme clusters: Governance, including the 50/50 campaign, peace security, constitutional and legal rights Economic justice, including education, training, and economic development; Sexual and Reproductive Rights including GBV, HIV and AIDS Climate Change and Sustainable Development; economic justice, including education, training, and economic development. Governments, Councils, NGOs, CBOs and Faith Based Organisations are welcome to apply!
This award recognises progress in mainstreaming gender in the local government Centres of Excellence that have completed the ten-stage process. It comprises a gender and local government scorecard that has been updated and aligned to the Post 2015 SADC Gender and Development Protocol. Compulsory evidence includes the Council’s Post 2015 Gender Action Plan devised with support from GL in the course of 2016; council budget and at least one photo. While other evidence is optional, councils are urged to submit as much evidence as possible. Only Centres of Excellence for Gender in Local Government should apply.
- All applications must be submitted NO LATER than 17.00 hours on 05 November 2016.
- All submissions must be made on-line using the online forms. If for any reason you are unable to submit your application on-line, please contact the Gender Links country office for technical support.
- The application forms should contain full contact details of the entrant, physical address, telephone and, e-mail address.
- For each entry, you will need to fill in the online form and upload supporting evidence as stated and guided in the application form.
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