The Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (the Forum) is a regional inter-Parliamentary organization established in 1997 under article 9 (2) of the Treaty of SADC, to enhance popular participation in the regional integration efforts of the organization in order to facilitate the Treaty objective of eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development. The Forum is the vehicle through which member state Parliaments and Parliamentarians, as the elected representatives of the people, participate in promoting the regional integration agenda. Presently there are 14 member states, with a total population of over 3,000 Members of Parliament (MPs) who members of the Forum.
The Project entitled “Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, HIV and Governance” is working with boundary partners to strengthen the capacity of SADC national Parliaments for a period of four years (2014 - 2018), to advocate for and influence national responses to SRH and HIV within a rights approach in the region. It is an effort to largely enhance women Parliamentarians’ involvement and participation on decision making platforms on the subject matter. The Project has a bias focusing on the voice of women Parliamentarians, who form part of an organ called, the National Women’s Parliamentary Caucus at country level and the Regional Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (RWPC). The Project is currently being implemented in seven selected countries being; Angola, Namibia, Lesotho, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Seychelles, and Tanzania (Namibia joined in December, 2016 by replacing Angola).