Women bear an unequal burden when it comes to most aspects of life, from poverty to HIV/AIDS to climate change. They are far more likely to be subjected to domestic violence and less likely to go to school, receive adequate health care or participate in decision-making structures.
ACTSA believes that gender equality and the empowerment of women is crucial for advancing development and reducing poverty in Southern Africa, and aims to integrate a gender perspective in all its work.
Improving women's rights in Swaziland
Women in Swaziland are treated as second class citizens, as objects and denied the opportunity or resources to advocate for their rights. Poverty, high levels of gender based violence, traditional laws that classify women as minors and the failure to implement laws to protect women all contribute to an appalling level of discrimination.
ACTSA worked with the Foundation for Socio Economic Justice and the Swaziland Rural Women’s Assembly on a four year project to Improve Women’s Rights in Swaziland. Find out more about the project.
Women's Rights in Swaziland Briefing Paper
ACTSA’s new briefing paper on Women’s Rights in Swaziland looks at the current situation for women in Swaziland, the issues that need to be addressed for there to be gender equality in the country and the growing women’s movement helping to change attitudes towards women in Swaziland.
The United Nations has a key role in working for women's rights on a global level. However, until now the UN bodies dealing with gender equality have been under-resourced and fragmented.
In 2011, UN Women
was established, with Michelle Bachelet, noted for her work on gender equality while President of Chile, appointed as its head. ACTSA continues to call for UN Women to be properly funded for it's work.