Promoting gender equality in SADC – an award winning programme

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26.03.2018 - Article

On March 8, people around the world observed International Women's Day — a day to commemorate the struggle for women’s rights and celebrate the political, social, economic and cultural achievements of women throughout history.


This year’s GIZ Gender Week in GIZ started on 5th March. The 2030 Agenda, the new European Consensus on Development and the new German Sustainable Development Strategy clearly underscore the central role gender equality plays in sustainable development. They affirm that the attainment of equal rights, duties and opportunities for women and men is an explicit goal, a formal overarching principle and a quality feature of German and international development cooperation.

The Peace, Security and Good Governance (PSGG) Programme participated in the annual 2017/18 GIZ Gender Competition. The competition entries were evaluated against four criteria: promoting gender equality, gender as a quality feature of our work, gender and results based management and last but not least cooperation. Of the 69 entries submitted for this competition, the PSGG programme was selected among the top 10 winning projects! Our programme submission covered the operationalisation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325) in the SADC region. The paper narrated the impressive contribution made by the project on securing the commitments of the SADC on the domestication of UNSCR 1325 and other global and continental agendas (2030, 2063) focused on three themes:

  1. Policy and strategy development at the regional and national level
  2. Preventative diplomacy
  3. Post conflict reconstruction

The official award ceremony for the 2018 GIZ Gender Awards was held on 9th March. Tanja Gönner, Chair of GIZ Management Board, together with Caren Grown, World Bank Group Senior Director, handed over the award to the top contestants in Eschborn, Germany.  As a token of appreciation, each winning project received a roll up banner depicting their work and contribution towards achieving gender equality in the various sectors. The roll up banners will also be show cased at the joint BMZ- GIZ -KfW stand at this year’s European Development Days in Brussels!

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