Venue: Royal Swazi Sun
Date: Thursday 2 June 2016 (15:00-17:00Hrs)
INTRODUCTORY REMARKS BY DR. ESAU CHIVIYA, SADC-PF SECRETARY GENERAL
- Hon. Vice President of the SADC-PF Hon Joseph Njobvuyalema
- 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,
- Invited Observers and Resource Persons,
- Staff from the SADC National Parliaments,
- SADC PF Secretariat Staff,
- Ladies and Gentlemen
We are delighted to have you here today to participate and sign up as gender champions, as part of the UN Women's global - HeForShe Solidarity Campaign.
This event came about, following an agreement between UN Women and SADC- PF to partner together in areas of mutual concern to enhance our development efforts in the SADC Region. This Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which was signed on 29 January 2016 provides a framework of collaboration in order to enhance SADC-PF's initiatives on promoting gender equality and women's empowerment in political and socio-economic sectors in the SADC Countries, collaborating with SADC National Parliaments, as law-makers, oversight bodies and representatives of citizens.
At SADC level, we are on track on gender equality and the empowerment of women, even though, none of the SADC-Member Countries has acquired the agreed upon 50/50 gender parity goal by end of 2015. I must say, I am happy that the UN 59th Commission on the Status Women and SADC Protocol on Gender and Development have extended the expiry date on gender inequalities to 2030. In the same vain, it is heartening to see the increase in female representation in decision-making bodies such as at the SADC Parliaments. Our task is to make the planet 50/50 by 2030 dream come true.