The Town of Manzini came to a standstill on the 14th of February when the women worriers crossed the town with their placards, calling for an end to violence against women. The placards where printed in different massages. Even though the rain tried to disturb we then got an indoor alternative place.
Guests included: Legislator (Member of Parliament), Traditional Leaders, Directors from Non-Governmental Organizations and Lawyers. The Ambassador who was supposed to be our main guest was unable to attend, she sent her apologies.
Organisations Pitch Up information desks included:
Women and Law in Southern Africa- Swaziland, Swaziland Coalition Of Concerned civic Organisations, Lawyers for Human Rights, Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse, Swaziland Diabetes, FHI 360, NATIC, Coalitions of the Informal Economy.
20 Women from the four regions show cased their hand crafted work.
There were four women dance groups from the four regions of Swaziland; the songs that they sang were talking about the review of the sentence of Rape, Review of the Game Rangers Act, How can I be quiet when I am abused, and a song which called for more women in Parliament. There was a commitment form where everyone who was at the event made a commitment by signing on the signature sheet that they support the One Billion Rising for Justice Campaign.
One women shared testimony on how she survived abuse and she also encouraged other women to Break the Chain of Silence on abuse.
The Member of Parliament from Kwaluseni constituency made a speech and he stated that even though only one women was voted into parliament, he is prepared to talk about women issues in parliament and that he supports the One Billion Rising for Justice Campaign. He came to the event with his wife and he confessed that in his marriage there is good communication, no one is above the other. Which he encouraged other men to do also. He also applauded that there were men who participated in the event.
Picture seven and three in the attachment is the tour by the MP, Traditional Leaders, and NGO Directors around the stall. SWAZILAND MY COUNTRY MY HOME IS RISING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Two of the attachments are next to the signature sheet. The Lady there is me (Colani Hlatjwako) pointing to the OBR logo. There three people seated on the table are Traditional leaders. The other picture was during a presentation.
The MCs for the day were a radio personality and TV presenter. They are Celebs from the radio and TV.