Women claim their right to a greater role in parliament in Botswana:
Speaker of the Botswana National Assembly, Ms Gladys Kokorwe at the 22 June meeting of SADC Ministers of gender and women’s affairs:
Other achievements included adoption of legislated quotas for women in Parliament and Local Government in Mauritius, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
However, Ms Kokorwe noted that though countries had registered significant progress, they still had challenges particularly in areas such as child marriages, abortion, sex work and marital rape, women's representation in political leadership, and teenage pregnancy, among others.
Meeting press release:
Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka* 2015. Southern Africa Barometer 2015 - Action and Results
*Executive Director of UNWOMEN,
I am a firm believer in the dictum that what is not counted does not count. Until we start making gender equality count, there will be no point in count-downs. I have made counting down to gender equality an indispensable part of my mission at the UN, and committed to a Planet 50:50 by 2030. The SADC Gender Protocol Barometer provides data to measure progress and identify gaps. It highlights in irrefutable detail the losses and the gains between August 2008, when governments adopted the Protocol, and August 2015...
We do not want to have to be making the same promises 15 years from now. Let us break the back of gender discrimination so that the 21st century is regarded as the century that empowered women and empowered humanity. This is an historic opportunity. Let us grasp it!
SADC Women in politics and decision-making
SADC Gender Protocol barometer reports since 2009: