Monday, October 11, 2010


Even though Swaziland ratified the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 2004 and the kingdom’s constitution promises equal treatment for both sexes, women face an uphill struggle for equality in King Mswati III’s Swaziland, according to Peter Kenworthy in his latest article on his stiffkitten blog.

Men and women still do not have equal status in Swaziland, as Swazi women are legally subordinate to men in, for example, both civil and traditional marriages. And even though the new constitution might have theoretically done away with laws that meant that Swazi women could not get a bank loan or own property without the written consent of their husbands, and thereby promoting them from the status of minors, these laws have not yet been revoked.

To read the full article click here.

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