As part of its programme to support parliaments in addressing all forms of violence against women, the IPU is organizing, with the Parliament of the United Republic of Tanzania, a seminar for East and Southern African Parliaments on preventing and responding to violence against women and girls.
The purpose of the seminar is to provide parliamentarians of the region with the elements of a comprehensive and multisectoral response to violence against women and girls and familiarize them with the components of legislation to effectively tackle this scourge.
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SWAZILAND needs to reserve a quota for women and physically challenged persons in the electoral process. This would guarantee full representation of women and marginalised groups in elective positions.The African Union made this recommendation to the country, following the national elections in September. The AU deployed a team the African Union Election Observer Mission (AUEOM) to observe the national parliamentary elections in September and made a few recommendations.
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This report presents the results of the workshop entitled "Dialogue on Political Parties and Governance in the SADC Region." It contains information on the functioning and structure of political parties in five countries from the South African Development Community (SADC): Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. The purpose of this research is to try to understand the functioning of these parties in an effort to identify their strengths and weaknesses. Read more
This report outlines the problems faced by women in the energy sector of Swaziland. It explores solutions for alleviating women's energy problems in the country and identifies means by which they can develop sustainable energy projects that can also lead to income generation. Read more
MBABANE – A segment of the women electorate is disappointed with the poor representation of women in Parliament.
The Chairperson of the Gender Consortium under the Co-ordinating Assembly of Non-Governmental Orga-nisations (CANGO), Hleli Luhlanga, feels that some of the constitutional provisions for the election of women into Parliament have been violated.
Luhlanga said the Constitution stated that at the first sitting of Parliament, following the elections, the House should constitute itself as an electorate and elect women who will represent the four regions, but this was not done.
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Archaic and chauvinistic practices are being used to prevent Swazi women from taking part in the upcoming primary elections, despite the country having a constitution that guarantees their rights, says political analyst Dr. Sikelela Dlamini.
“The discrimination [against] women by preventing them from participating in politics is a consequence of deeply-rooted notions of male dominance and the subordination of women,” Dlamini told IPS.
He was reacting to a recent warning issued by the chief of Ludzibini, Prince Magudvulela, who told his subjects that they should not vote for women in mourning... Read more
Following the elections and recent government appointments made by King Mswati and members of parliament (MPs), Swaziland has hit rock bottom in women's representation in government, just at the time when the country should be giving its last push for gender equality before 2015.
There is no hope that Swaziland will reach the SADC Gender Protocol target of 50% women in all areas of decision-making by 2015.
The elections left a bitter taste in the mouths of many citizens. Critics called the elections a sham, due to alleged vote rigging and vote buying.
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Swaziland's Indlovukazi (the mother of the king) has joined a growing chorus of misinformation about the kingdom's forthcoming undemocratic national election.
She called upon all Swazi women to participate in the election and said she would be happy if they dominated top positions during the upcoming national elections. The Times of Swaziland reported her saying the active contribution of women was critical to ensure sustainable and effective development of the nation.
But, while one of the top Royals is telling women they are valued, the king's behaviour tells a different story. The Swazi... Read more
SADC’s women parliamentary caucus will visit Swaziland from the today to Thursday to lobby on issues of women empowerment.The caucus, also referred to as the Regional Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (RWPC), is led by Beauty Dlulane, an MP and also the Chairperson of the Multi-Party National Caucus in the Parliament of South Africa.According to a press release, the visit is in line with the SADC parliamentary forum’s 2011-2015 strategic plan to lobby and advocate for increased women’s representation in positions of power.RWPC advocates for regional, international and national instruments and... Read more