Windhoek – The Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF) on August 20, 2021 meet human rights commissioners from the region to get their input on the development of the SADC Model Law on Gender-Based Violence (GBV Model Law).
The GBV Model Law seeks to guide SADC member states in developing effective policies and efficacious Laws on gender-based violence.
The GBV Model Law will be a useful tool to SADC as it will, amongst others, encourage national legislatures to enact GBV laws where none exist, or where they do exist but do not conform with this Model Law to review such laws and enact relevant GBV laws that conform with this Model Law.
It will also provide a yardstick to National policy analysts, legislators, and implementers as to best practices in enacting and dealing with GBV.
The keynote address will be delivered by Ms Habiba Rezwana Osman, CEO of the Malawi Human Rights Commission. Professor Key Dingake will present background theoretical papers covering GBV as a human rights issue and shortfalls on GBV legislation in the SADC region, and Ms Linly Kondowe, a GBV community advocate from Malawi, will share experiences of advocating for the rights of people affected by GBV in her country.
The meeting is being live-streamed on the SADC-PF social media platforms on the links below and recorded for later broadcast on DSTV Channel 408: