Introduction

This gender strategy represents the commitment by Southern African Cross Border Traders Association (SACBTA) towards mainstreaming gender in its work. Implementation of the gender strategy can make significant contributions to gender equality in the different countries in Southern Africa. But for a gender strategy to be effective in achieving its objectives and desired outcomes, it has to be fully supported in many ways. Presence and functioning of clear policy guidelines and their implementation plans would be useful to systematically guide the implementation process. Further, presence of analytical gender skills among the SACBTAimplementing staff is key to effectively implement the gender strategy. It is equally critical to have proper and functioning gender monitoring systems to track progress and to help address challenges that may arise. Above all, this strategy needs to be well resourced if it is to become effective in achieving the desired outcomes.

2.  Goal of the Gender Strategy

The purpose of the SACBTA gender strategy is to provide strategic guidelines on how gender can be mainstreamed in SACBTA and, in particular, on how to promote women and men’s active participation and access to resources and benefits associated with cross border trade in Southern Africa. The strategy will guide systematic coordination and implementation of gender efforts and the monitoring of gender progress, outcomes and challenges in SACBTA.

3.  For Whom is this Strategy?

Gender cuts across almost all activities within SACBTA. For this reason, this strategy is a useful guide to SACBTAand all national CBTAs and individuals who are involved in implementing different activities in SACBTA projects. It may also be a useful guide for others working on cross border trade.

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Special acknowledgement and appreciation goes also to the cross border traders for their invaluable time and critical views in providing insights during the consultative processes. SACBTA extends its appreciation and gratitude to the many individuals who provided technical review and offered suggestions and contributions to the development of this strategy.

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SACBTA President
SACBTA President, Sudecar Novera

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