Matters of Regional Interest and Concern to Parliamentarians in SADC – Policy Brief 2

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has established a strong framework to guide the process toward equal representation and participation of women in decision-making.The SADC Protocol on Gender and Development was revised and updated in 2016 and has consolidated the key provisions on gender equality and women’s empowerment from continental and international frameworks. This aligns with the African Union’s Agenda 2063 which presents a set of aspirations for the continent including Aspiration 6 for an Africa in which women are empowered, with full gender equality in all spheres of life and full gender parity, occupying half of elected public offices at all levels and half of the managerial positions in the public and private sectors.