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 tirelessly for over 20 years to eradicate gender-based violence (GBV), sexual abuse and human trafficking in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland).
As the lead organization framing the national agenda on GBV, SWAGAA partners with multi-sectoral 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.
Through our school-based Girls Empowerment and Boys for Change clubs, SWAGAA is challenging harmful gender norms in Eswatini while fostering a culture of equality and equity. Through guided discussions, activities, songs and games our club mentors teach participants about GBV, children's rights, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS and sexual abuse while cultivating their leadership skills.
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 to help address the medium- and long-term emotional and economic needs of survivors.
One of SWAGAA's priorities is 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 17, 2018 the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Bill received Royal Assent from His Majesty King Mswati III.
The SODV Bill will now be passed into law and will be known as the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Act.
This is a truly historic moment for the Kingdom of Eswatini, but there is still work that needs to be done.
UNICEF Swaziland is partnering with SWAGAA in the fight to end violence against children (VAC) in Eswatini.In a bid towards having all SWAGAA staff equipped and ready to swiftly respond to cases child violence, UNICEF Swaziland’s Child Protection Specialist, Ms. Phumzile Dlamini, trained SWAGAA’s staff...
In Eswatini, women encounter tremendous challenges when trying to leave an abusive household. They frequently face social pressures that tell them to stay in violent relationships and ‘make it work’ no matter how dire the circumstances. Often, women do not have the financial resources, including...
People who experience sexual abuse or gender-based violence oftentimes do not know what to do or where to report in the immediate aftermath. From health care and counselling services to legal aid and basic needs like clothing, food and housing, survivors of violence require a...
In the second edition of our Meet Our Mentors series, we talk with Nozipho Khoza, an aspiring teacher who trained with the Girls Empowerment Club (GEC) program seven months ago and now works in two schools in the Lubombo region. “I’ve learned a lot from SWAGAA,...