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SADC Ministers of Gender and Women’s Affairs have enhanced the regional multidimensional Women Economic Empowerment which some member states are already benefiting from, now Malawi will equally reap financial assistance.

This came out of the Ministers’ meeting held in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Kinshasa. The meeting was reviewing progress on the implementation of Gender and Development Programmes in the Region, as enhancing the regional Multidimensional Women’s Economic Empowerment.

In implementing the SADC Regional Multi-dimensional Women Economic Empowerment Programme (RMD-WEEP) 2020-2030, Ministers reviewed progress on the SADC Industrialisation and Women’s Economic Empowerment Project (IWEE Project). This project aims to increase women-owned businesses’ and female entrepreneurs’ participation in value addition for selected sectors and regional value chains (RVCs).

Ministers also approved the Revised Gender Mainstreaming Resource Kit, which supports gender mainstreaming across several sectors. The kit contains 10 sector-specific modules which provide practical guidance on gender mainstreaming in regional integration priority sectors.

The Ministers urged South Africa and Mauritius Member States to speed up the process of signing the Revised SADC Protocol on Gender and Development to facilitate the implementation of the protocol. The Protocol aims to empower women, eliminate discrimination, and achieve gender equality by encouraging and harmonizing gender-responsive legislation, policies, programs, and projects.

Representing Malawi, Honourable Jean Sendeza , Minister of Gender and development praised Member States for seizing the unique opportunity to discuss policy issues, platform to share insights, experiences, and lessons. The minister therefore said Malawi will now be benefiting from SADC Women Economic Empowerment which other countries are already benefiting.

The meeting was attended physically and by Ministers from 16 Member States, namely Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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