Gender and Development - A Declaration by Heads of State or Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), 1997

Sectors : Gender and economic opportunity, Gender and political agency, Gender and social development, Women's rights
Organisation : SADC (Southern African Development Community)
Date made: 
1997
Level: 
Heads Of State

Commitments in: Gender - Gender and political agency

“WE THEREFORE...

...6. ENDORSE the decision of Council on:

* The establishment of a policy framework for mainstreaming gender in all SADC activities, and in strengthening the efforts by member countries to achieve gender equality.

* Putting into place an institutional framework for advancing gender equality consistent with that established for other areas of cooperation, but which ensures that gender is routinely taken into account in all sectors.

* The establishment of a Standing Committee of Ministers responsible for Gender Affairs in the region.

* The adoption of the existing Advisory Committee consisting of one representative from Government and one member from Non Governmental Organisations in each Member State whose task is to advise the Standing Committee of Ministers and other Sectoral Committees of Ministers on gender issues.

* The establishment of Gender Focal Points whose task would be to ensure that gender is taken into account in all sectoral initiatives, and is placed on the agenda of all ministerial meetings.

* The establishment of Gender Unit in the SADC Secretariat consisting of at least two officers at a senior level...

...8. COMMIT ourselves and our respective countries to, inter alia,

* Placing gender firmly on the agenda of the SADC Programme of Action and Community Building Initiative;

* Ensuring the equal representation of women and men in the decision making of Member States and SADC structures at all levels, and the achievement of at least thirty percent target of women in political and decision making structures by year 2005;

* Promoting women's full access to, and control over productive resources such as land, livestock, markets credit, modern technology, formal employment, and a good quality of life in order to reduce the level of poverty among women

* Repealing and reforming all laws, amending constitutions and changing social practices which still subject women to discrimination, and enacting empowering gender sensitive laws;

* Enhancing access to quality education by women and men, and removing gender stereotyping in the curriculum, career choices and professions;

* Making quality reproductive and other health services more accessible to women and men;

* Protecting and promoting the human rights of women and children;

* Recognising, protecting and promoting the reproductive and sexual rights of women and the girl child;

* Taking urgent measures to prevent and deal with the increasing levels of violence against women and children;

* Encouraging the mass media to disseminate information and materials in respect of the human rights of women and children.”

Scope: 
Regional Africa