Johannesburg, 11th July, 2013
We, the Women representatives of Informal Cross Border Trader’s Associations (ICBTs) drawn from Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe met in Johannesburg, South Africa for the Women Cross Border Traders Forum on Mainstreaming Gender in the SADC Regional Trade Policy and the Tripartite Free Trade Area Policy Framework (TFTA) from 10th – 11th July, 2013.
We engaged on critical issues affecting women in informal cross border trade in the Southern Africa Development Community Free Trade Area (SADC FTA) and looked at the extent of gender mainstreaming in the implementation of the SADC trade regime. The dialogue provided a platform for increased networking, coordination and collaboration among women cross border traders in order to single out key challenges that are faced in transacting trade in the SADC region. This was done in order to influence the processes, negotiations and implementation of proposals that can address the opportunities and challenges when the TFTA is established.
We reviewed what must be done in order to promote and empower women in ICBT in the SADC region and the proposed TFTA.
We take cognizance of the positive initiatives taken by SADC to empower women and address challenges that are peculiar to women through the conclusion of the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development, the establishment of the SADC Gender Unit and the development of the SADC Gender Strategy. However, a gap still remains in the implementation aspect of gender mainstreaming in national programs where the plight of women in informal cross border trade remains unaddressed.
Concerned with the limited appreciation of the role that women in ICBT play in the SADC economies and recognizing that the TFTA presents a unique opportunity for the ICBTs, we identified the following key challenges:
The key challenges identified require women in ICBT to collaborate in addressing their needs and we require support from our respective Governments. We recognise that we have a role to play in addressing our challenges and therefore commit to: -
Having identified the key challenges faced by women in ICBT and coming up with recommendations on how these challenges can be addressed, we resolve to bring this position statement to the attention of the SADC member States.
Taking cognizance of the passion that the incoming chairperson has for empowering women and enhancing their roles in society, we resolve to engage in dialogue with Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda to make her aware of the issues identified as a way of forming a partnership in the resolution of these issues in the SADC region.
In conclusion, we will tirelessly work towards the establishment of an enabling environment for smooth cross border trade and guaranteed sustainable livelihoods and poverty eradication for our people.
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