Tag Archives: Gender-based Violence


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.

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

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


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

SWAGAA Statistics for 2012

Following are the statistics SWAGAA just released to the press. Not a pretty picture…We are in Marula season right (an alcoholic drink made from local fruit…you’ll notice February stats are higher and the celebration of this season is why. Lots … Continue reading

Abducting girls for sex is a crime….Times, Jan. 18th, 2013

SWAGAA’S VOICE IN A STORY THAT APPEARED IN TIMES OF SWAZILAND JAN. 18th, 2013  http://www.times.co.sz/News/83642.html The Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGGA) has said abducting young girls for the purpose of having sexual intercourse with them is a crime and … Continue reading

The mini skirt march almost didn't happen. The police thought the girls were "indecently dressed." Ironically, they had to change into jeans and longer skirts. Doubly ironic considering the barely there "cultural" attired at the Reed Dance!

The final push…16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence

As tomorrow is the final day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign, I thought I’d tally up the week’s awareness-raising accomplishments. On Tuesday, I accompanied Doreen, the Girls Empowerment Club co-coordinator, to the Swaziland Broadcasting station … Continue reading

Stalking in the Name of Culture

In light of my last posting, I thought this update on the Senate’s defense of so called “customs” that are harmful to women in Swaziland was very interesting…. UPDATE ON SEXUAL OFFENCES AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BILL Courtesy: The Centre for … Continue reading

Swazi women performers at the cultural village in Ezulweni.

Human Rights, Respect and Tradition in Swaziland

The words “traditional culture” come up again and again when I read the newspaper and speak with Swazi friends. Usually it’s a point of pride, but occasionally the phrase becomes a catch-all excuse for behaviour that doesn’t really jibe with … Continue reading


International Day of the Girl Child Event a Success!

  After two months of planning, the Swaziland International Day of the Girl Child was a smash success! Three weeks of media were a great lead up to the actual day. Representatives from SWAGAA (including me) and various NGOs spoke … Continue reading

Girls Empowerment Club, Swazi National High School with SWAGAA's Doreen Ngwenya (lower, centre), co-ordinator of the clubs.

What International Day of the Girl Child Means to SWAGAA

An article I wrote that appeared in The Times of Swaziland….. The first International Day of the Girl Child on October 11 is an exciting event for the Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA) as it marks a culmination of … Continue reading