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21 Aug 2008 description

Harare - After three years of negotiation, leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), signed into effect the Protocol on Gender and Development amidst celebration from activists. The document was signed at the SADC Heads of State Summit held on 16 and 17 August in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Protocol, a more binding agreement than the SADC Declaration on Gender and Development, which was signed in 1997, has gone through a drafting and approval process that has seen civil society organisations and governments struggling to reach agreement on the critical issues …