Swaziland

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Country summary:

Board Members
When registered 2012
Alliance Focal Network Coordinating Assembly of Non-Governmental Organisations (CANGO)
Government COEs 10
View the Centers of Excellence
Media COEs 6
Key partners Local Government Association of Swaziland (SWALGA); Deputy Prime Minister Gender and Family Issues Affairs Unit (GFIU); Ministry of Tinkhundla Development and Administration; Ministry of Housing Urban and Development; Alliance of Mayors and Municipal Leaders on HIV/ AIDS in Africa (AMICAALL); Swaziland Sexual Reproductive and Human Rights; National Assembly of Non-Governmental Organizations (CANGO).

Read more in the Swaziland country report.

Swaziland Strategy 2016 – 2020


 

Bongani Motsa – Swaziland

Bongani Motsa – Swaziland

Bucopho Bongani Motsa noted that “Some people do not believe that a woman can be a leader. My view is that women must be given opportunities to show their leadership skills. I think it is the mindset and our culture, which says that a woman’s place is in the kitchen. Yet some of them can be as good as the men, if not better than men. So we have to change this mindset through civic education”

July 24, 2012 Themes: Governance | Local Government | Politics

Owen Nxumalo – Swaziland

Owen Nxumalo – Swaziland

Owen Nxumalo, current Mayor of Manzini Municipal Council says that there has been progress over the past few years with the council going from no women to three out of 12 in the current term. Nxumalo concedes that despite their dominance, men have not necessarily provided exemplary leadership. This observation has led to men and communities being more open to being led by women as men seem to have failed in their responsibility to deliver services to communities. “A lot of Swazis are beginning to recognise that women are very powerful and that women can do work sometimes better than men.”

July 24, 2012 Themes: Gender equality | Governance | Local Government | Politics

‘Pregnant’ teenage girl commits suicide – Swazi Observer

A girl doing Form Two at Siphocosini High School took her young life by swallowing weevil tablets.
This was after allegedly discovering that she had been impregnanted by a fellow schoolmate.
The teenager was laid to rest at her parental home at Nkhube, which is a few kilometres from her school, on Sunday morning.

Swaziland Strategy concept paper

Swaziland Strategy concept paper

This concept note concerns the cascading and strengthening of pioneering work on Centres of Excellence (COE’s) on Gender Mainstreaming in Local Government carried out by Gender Links (GL) in partnership with the Swaziland Local Government Association (SWALGA) in Swaziland.

July 17, 2012 Themes: Local Government Programs: Centres of Excellence | Gender & Governance

Resources needed for caring for people living with HIV

Home based care is being seen a key strategy to care for people living with AIDS, yet the needed resources for careworkers to do their jobs are often lacking.

Male involvement in HIV initiatives still low

Male involvement in HIV initiatives still low

The non-involvement of men in HIV and AIDS initiatives in the region is one of the impediments to progress in addressing the effects of the pandemic. Theresa Sikute Chishimba from the Society for Women and AIDS (SWAAZ) in Zambia, said that women are at the forefront with very few men joining in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Citing examples from her organisations’ experiences, she said SWAAZ invites both women and men, but men never show any interest.

Makhosazana Shongwe – Swaziland

Shongwe shared her experience as a woman candidate trying to gain entry into a constituency previously held by a man and revealed how a woman from the community expressed the view that they wanted to elect the previous male councillor because they were sceptical about her ability to handle herself once in Council: “They said that they feared that I might not be able to handle myself in Council as I might be overwhelmed or might not be able to represent the community issues as expected by the people”.

Nomsa Dlamini – Swaziland

Nomsa Dlamini – Swaziland

Nomsa Dlamini, Bucopho from the Nhlambeni Kashali Inkhundla is in her first term in office and at the time of the interview, she had been part of this inkhundla for three months. She says that having worked with men previously in the Community Policing Forum and the inner council where she was one of the only women among many men, she now feels freer and more able make her points in council. In the past, she had not even considered running for elections. The chairman of the police in the area encouraged her to stand based on her work in the Community Police Forum (CPF). “Our police chairman in the area is the one who suggested that I stand for elections. We worked together in the CPF and he said his request was based on the work they had seen from me.”

Khonelia Zwane – Swaziland

Khonelia Zwane – Swaziland

She believes that it is very important for women to support one another and that learning from others is a very important factor that enables them to participate effectively.

Sibongile Masuku – Swaziland

Sibongile Masuku – Swaziland

Through participating in capacity building programmes rolled out in Swaziland by Gender Links, I gained a lot of confidence; this is now paying off in terms of the way our work has developed. Since Gender Link’s intervention, our cooperative of women has grown from singing and dancing at traditional events to rearing livestock, having poultry projects, farming, and creating handicrafts. Now, women have the option to save money in an education fund, which they access at the end of the year, so they can pay school fees for their children the next year.