Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse
In Pursuit of Peace & Harmony
Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA) is a non-governmental organization that has been working for almost 30 years to end gender-based violence (GBV), sexual abuse and human trafficking in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland).
As the lead organization framing the agenda on GBV, SWAGAA partners with key stakeholders to provide technical expertise on best practices in GBV prevention and response.
SWAGAA has adopted an integrated approach to addressing GBV and sexual abuse through the following three key areas: Prevention, Care and Support and Access to Justice.
SWAGAA's school-based Girls Empowerment and Boys for Change clubs challenge harmful gender norms in Eswatini. Through our clubs we foster a culture of equality and equity. Club members participate in guided discussions, songs and games. Through these activities, our club mentors teach about GBV, children's rights, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS and sexual abuse. Mentors also work to cultivate leadership skills and confidence.
SWAGAA offers comprehensive counselling services to survivors of abuse, their families and, in some cases, the perpetrators. Working closely with government agencies and police services, SWAGAA's Care & Support Unit has established an important referral network. As a result, we can help address the medium- and long-term emotional and economic needs of survivors. Our holistic approach to care guides our work in this area.
SWAGAA strives to create a supportive and non-threatening environment for survivors as they navigate the criminal justice system. Through our Legal Unit, we connect survivors with legal aid and other services in order to access legal recourse. We collaborate with the police, magistrate, Law Society and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution to help guide survivors through this process.
Sexual & Gender-Based Violence and the Law
On July 18, 2018 the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Bill received Royal Assent from His Majesty King Mswati III.
The SODV Bill will now be known as the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Act.
This is a truly historic moment for Eswatini, but there is still work that needs to be done.
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