Venue: Royal Swazi Sun
Date: Thursday 2 June 2016 (15:00-17:00Hrs)
WELCOME REMARKS BY HON. JOSEPH NJOBVUYALEMA, VICE PRESIDENT, SADC-PF
- Hon. Speakers and Deputy Speakers of the SADC Parliaments,
-Hon. Leaders of Delegations,
-Hon. Members of Parliament from the various SADC Parliaments,
-Hon. Ministers here present,
- Ms. Anne Githuku-Shongwe, UN Women Representative for South Africa Multi-Country Office,
- SADC-PF Secretary General, Dr Esau Chiviya
- Invited Observers and Resource Persons,
-Staff from the SADC National Parliaments,
-SADC PF Secretariat Staff,
-Ladies and Gentlemen
It gives me great pleasure to extend to you all a very warm welcome on behalf of the Southern Africa Development Community - Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF) and to say how grateful we are to UN Women and the SADC-PF Secretariat for convening this SADC-PF Sign up event to UN Women's HeForShe Solidarity Campaign for gender equality.
Let me begin by pointing out that one of SADC-PF's Gender Program strategic objective is to assist the National Parliaments within the SADC Region to implement and domesticate the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development and various other United Nations Conventions and Resolutions that seek to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women.
At SADC-PF, we recognize that beyond the intrinsic value of gender equality and women's empowerment, investing in women's rights and gender equality is critical to our socio-economic advancement, political stability and development. In this regard, we at SADC-PF work with our National Parliaments and the SADC-PF Gender Programme to sharpen parliamentarians' gender analysis and planning skills with the aim of promoting sustainable development and eradicating feminized poverty in the Region.