Category Archives: Humanitarian

Livi laBomake – Women’s Voices: A Yebo ArtReach Project in Swaziland

Yesterday I took a kombi to Swaziland National Museum in Lobamba to see the Women’s Voices exhibit. Organized by Aleta Armstrong, owner of Yebo Gallery, the exhibit was a combination of creativity and community women’s voices. “I invited rural women … Continue reading

Maureen and Chelsey Smith, feeling a little patriotic at the debrief workshop.

Understanding the Process of Transition: The Crossroads Debriefing Workshop

Coming back from an overseas mandate is challenging. Experiencing the abundance of North American society, the waste, the seemingly petty concerns (TTC stalled, grocery store out of my brand of coffee) versus the hard reality of Swaziland (poverty, HIV/AIDS, rampant … Continue reading

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WHAT BEING IN A GIRLS EMPOWERMENT CLUB MEANS

These are a few snippets, taken from visits to the Girls Empowerment Clubs with  SWAGAA’s Doreen Ngwenya, GEC coordinator, a few weeks ago…. Mabheleni Primary School is off a dirt road winding far into the countryside north of Mbabane. We … Continue reading

Swazi National High, June 22, 2013.

ADVICE FOR SUCCESS AT GIRLS CLUB LAUNCH

  “This day is about young girls in Swaziland. This day about you!” said SWAGAA Director Cebile Manzini-Henwood to a captive audience of around 300 girls. It was a Saturday, 9 a.m. and the hall at Swazi National High in … Continue reading

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Podcast about Gender-Based Violence in Swaziland

Listen to my interview with David Peck on his podcast, Face2Face. This was done via Skype, and luckily a huge rainstorm had just ended.

Singing pre-schoolers helped launch the Day of the African Child.

How Harmful Social and Cultural Practices Affect Children

This year, the international theme for Day of the African Child, celebrated June 16th,  is “Eliminating harmful social and cultural practices affecting children: Our collective responsibility.” Swaziland has taken the commemorative day a step further and the entire month of … Continue reading

Media Training in Mambane, Swaziland

This week’s highlight was a media training session I facilitated along with MISA Swaziland (Media Institute of Southern Africa) and EU Cospe (an Italian NGO that works on numerous programs with SWAGAA. Six journalists came tot he MISA office in … Continue reading

GOOD NEWS!! Sexual Offenses and Domestic Violence Bill passed by Senate!

Here’s my statement on behalf of SWAGAA for the press…it was picked up by the Times of Swaziland this week… The Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse is extremely thankful the house of Senate passed the Sexual Offenses and Domestic Violence … Continue reading

Swazi NGO Meeting Culture – It’s about the food!

I’ve been attending quite a few NGO campaign launches, workshops and stakeholders’ meetings since I came to Swaziland and have noticed that things are run a little differently than in Canada. Food is very important and helps draw attendees (humm, … Continue reading

Participants at the community dialogue at Nkwene Inkhundla, Swaziland, March 7, 2013.

MAKE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY MATTER, MARCH 8th: STOP GBV IN SWAZILAND

A letter I wrote and sent to all media outlets for International Women’s Day….. We have seen the horrific headlines of women and children being raped and murdered, often by someone they know.  It’s not only happening here, but all … Continue reading