AFRICA: SADC leaders must adopt gender protocol

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AFRICA: SADC leaders must adopt gender protocol

The third Gender and Media (GEM) summit ended in Johannesburg yesterday, Tuesday, 12 August 2008, with a call for the adoption of the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development that includes strong provisions for achieving gender balance and sensitivity in the media. The summit took place on the eve of the annual meeting of leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), 16 - 17 August, where the protocol that has been in the making for several years is expected to be adopted. Among the targets in the protocol are the achievement of 50% women in all areas of decision-making; reduction of gender violence by half of the current levels; ensuring that all constitutions in the region have a provision for gender equality that is not contradicted by any law or custom; and a range of targets for the economic empowerment of women by 2015.
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