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Swaziland leads in ratifying int’l conventions on women – report

APA-Mbabane (Swaziland)

Swaziland is on the lead on the ratification of international conventions on women’s rights, a senior official of the government has claimed.

The Director of the Gender and Family Unit under the Prime Minister’s Office, Jane Mkhonta said on Tuesday that the country took pride in having succeeded in working on the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, better known as the Maputo Protocol. She said the kingdom has already compiled a report that it will present before the Human Rights Commission in The Gambia. “Presenting the report puts the country at an advantage in terms of measuring compliance to these protocols,” she said. Mkhonta was speaking at the Royal Swazi Convention Centre in Ezulwini on Tuesday during a meeting where the report was officially presented to stakeholders including government officials, private sector and pastors. She noted although Swaziland was lagging behind in formulating legislations that address women’s rights issues. At the moment the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence (SODV) Bill that carries a lot of protection for women and children is in Parliament.


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