The SADC Gender Protocol Alliance Cluster on Gender, Peace and Security and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), hosted the SADC Gender Protocol Alliance Stakeholder Meeting
The meeting had three objectives
- to discuss the implementation of Article 28 of the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development
- to discuss pertinent issues on gender peace and security in Southern Africa, with a focus on South Africa
- to brainstorm the formation of a South African national working group on gender, peace and security.
Various organisations were invited to contribute to the meeting, with a specific focus on gender in peace and security.
The Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance, formed in 2005, is a network of national and regional non-governmental organisations that campaigned for the adoption, and now the implementation of the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development. The Alliance consists of national networks of gender NGOs and country theme clusters. The Protocol on Gender and Development adopted by SADC Heads of State and Government in 2008 sets 28 realistic, measurable targets, time frames and indicators for achieving gender equality.
The Alliance`s activities are arranged around thematic `clusters`, in which organisations work to popularise the Protocol, and to ensure the implementation and achievement of various focus areas and targets. One of the thematic clusters is Gender, Peace and Security that works towards achieving the goal set out in Article 28.
The ISS is the coordinator of this cluster.
This was a closed event, however interviews with participants are available in the Multimedia section of the ISS website.
ISS Pretoria Office
Dr Cheryl Hendricks