Friday, July 17, 2009


Asking the majority of people around the world what they know about Swaziland is likely to draw a blank stare. But Swaziland is a country with a strong history of political struggle against formidable odds. Despite the determined suppression of democratic expression by the country's government, the last few years have seen a resurgence in civil society's drive for greater freedom, something which will pave the way for progressively greater interest from the international community in coming years.

These are the thoughts of Jan Sithole, secretary general of the Swaziland Federation of Trade Unions, writing in Pambazuka News ahead of the first ever Swaziland ‘People’s Dialogue’ that takes place tomorrow (18 July 2009). The dialogue will cover HIV/AIDS, health, education, gender, youth, governance, human rights, privatisation, food sovereignty, the environment, the informal sector and other related concerns.

To read the full article click here.

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