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), child 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 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, sexual abuse and 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
*UPDATE: On May 31, 2018 the House of Senate ratified the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Bill, with amendments. It returned to Parliament on June 19, 2018 and was once again ratified.
The next step is to take it to the King for Royal assent before it can be passed into law. The SODV Bill has made it to this stage in the past and did not receive Royal assent. We are hopeful that the due diligence applied by the parliamentarians when debating the SODV Bill will ensure Royal assent is received and it passes into law.
In 2018, eSwatini is still missing the legal framework needed to effectively protect girls and women, as well as boys and men, from sexual and gender-based violence. This gap in legislation further supports a culture of impunity, where low levels of sentencing and poorly resourced courts leave survivors unable to access redress and perpetrators unaccountable for their actions.
May 30, 2018 The Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA) is deeply alarmed and distressed by recent media reports of abductions and kidnappings resulting in mutilations and killings. Children, both girls and boys, are especially targeted; however, this does not mean adults cannot be a target in...
In April, SWAGAA joined forces with the Men Engage Network– Swaziland to host a four-day workshop with faith leaders from across the country. The goal was to sensitizes them on issues of gender norms and stereotypes, gender-based violence and child sexual abuse in eSwatini. At the same...
The magnitude of child migration, especially unaccompanied and separated children, between Mozambique, eSwatini and South Africa is on the rise.Child migration can have deep impacts on the long-term health and wellbeing of children. It can often displace them from family networks and loving caregivers, disrupt...