Swaziland launched their One Billion Rising 2019 campaign today, November 16th – led by One Billion Rising Swaziland Coordinator and OBR Africa Regional coordinator Colani Hlatjwako. Swaziland has maintained the consistent OBR global calls for “revolution” and “solidarity” and has taken on the global theme of “Rising, not just a campaign, but a way of life”. They launched with a lecture and discussion event participated in by hundreds of women, with amazing women speakers and leaders of the country. The event concluded with an in-depth discussion on corruption, women and elections and the need for women presentation in policy making, and the necessity to empower all girls at a grassroots level.

Swaziland is gearing up for a major One Billion Rising event in February 2019.


Justice Mabuza, Principal Judge of the High Court of #Eswatini, delivering her presentation on the participation of women in policy-making processes at the #1BillionRising 2019 Campaign launch


Linda Nxumalo, Executive Secretary of the Commission on Human Rights and Public Administration Integrity delivering her presentation on the effects of corruption on women’s participation in decision-making, and the negative narratives associated with women #1BillionRising 2019 Campaign launch


Colani from Director of women in Law and coordinator of One Billion Rising Africa spoke about how Eswatini is also facing a “war” as women get evicted, raped, assaulted and killed as we do not have meaningful power. That men have failed Africa and it is time for women to take over. She said patriarchy is an oppressive system which does not automatically mean all men.