SADC gender protocol goes through

The SADC Secretariat announced this week that the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development has entered into force following ratification of the instrument by the requisite two-thirds of member states.
According to a communiqué issued after the annual meeting of ministers responsible for gender and women affairs in the Southern African Development Community held in Mozambique earlier in the month, ten member states have ratified the protocol.
These are Angola, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. “The meeting applauded member states’ efforts in depositing instruments of ratification that has subsequently led to its entering into force,” said the communiqué.
The meeting re-iterated the importance of ensuring effective implementation of the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development. This requires the domestication of the Protocol into national law. The process of approval of a regional legal instrument requires, first, signing, and then ratification, a process that differs from country to country.