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Terms of Reference to undertake Baseline survey development “Breaking Barriers: Enhancing Swazi Women’s Participation and Representation in Decision Making”

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“Breaking Barriers: Enhancing Swazi Women’s Participation and Representation in Decision Making” –

Terms of Reference to undertake Baseline survey development

  1. Background

“Breaking Barriers: Enhancing Swazi Women’s Participation and Representation in Decision Making” project seeks to create a platform for women’s political endeavours and roles in society and to equip them with knowledge and skills that enable them to participate actively in decision-making at the political level.

The Overall objective of the project is to promote equal participation and representation of women and men at all levels of decision-making in Swaziland

Specific objective(s): Strengthen the capacity and leadership skills of women to confidently claim their rights and effectively engage in decision making processes

Anticipated results:

Result 1: Increased level of awareness of gender equality in decision making among citizens in all the four regions of Swaziland

Result 2: A strong national women’s movement established as a result of improved coordination and collaboration among CSOs, women leaders and women’s groups

Result 3: Improved national legal and institutional frameworks for enhancing women’s effective participation in decision making processes

The above expected results will be realised through implementation of several key activities such as:

  • Conduct a baseline study on women participation in decision making
  • Hold sensitization workshops with traditional leaders
  • Train community-based paralegals on gender-sensitive electoral education (including development of a toolkit)
  • Conduct community level gender sensitive pre-election civic education workshops
  • Identify and train potential women leaders in leadership skills
  • Host a national women’s convention
  • Publicize a quarterly newsletter on Swazi women in decision making
  • Organize policy dialogues between CSOs, parliamentarians and other stakeholders
  1. Overall goal and objective

 The overall goal of the assignment is to conduct a baseline study on women participation in decision making

The major objectives of this baseline survey are:

  • To establish existing barriers to women’s participation in decision making
  • To establish opportunities that exist for women’s participation in decision making.
  • To provide recommendations on specific interventions for the action
  1. Scope and focus of assignment

The consultant will lead the baseline survey process to conduct qualitative research through focused group discussions and key informant interviews in one sample region

The assignment is expected to begin on 8th of January 2018. The Consultant will work in close coordination with WLSA Project Officer in the following scope of works required:

  • Development of Action Plan and time frame for the survey
  • Prepare baseline survey timeframe and methodology
  • Prepare and provide data collecting tool
  • Pretesting of survey tool
  • Interview, collect and analyse data of the survey.
  • Produce the baseline survey report.
  1. Baseline Methodologies

This baseline survey will utilize the qualitative methodology including key informants interviews and in-depth interviews.

 5. Consultant responsibilities

The consultant is responsible for performing the following activities: The consultant will be required to lead in all the tasks below, in consultation and collaboration with WLSA Project Officer:

  • Development of Action Plan and time frame for the survey.
  • Prepare baseline survey timeframe and methodology
  • Prepare and provide data collecting tool
  • Pretesting of survey tool
  • Interview, collect and analyse data of the survey.
  • Produce the baseline survey report.

6. Deliverable results

  1. Baseline survey tools/ questionnaire
  2. Baseline report
  3. Action plan

 

  1. Reporting and timeline

Consultant shall report to WLSA Project Officer during the duration of the assignment. The assignment is expected to last a period of 20 days commencing on the 8th of January 2018.

8. Minimum criteria for submission of proposal for bid

The consultant(s) shall have:

  • Extensive experience ( at least 5 years) in undertaking research in particular quantitative research
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of gender and women’s human rights.
  • Demonstrated high level of professionalism and an ability to work independently and in high pressure situations under tight deadlines.

The proposal shall provide a description of the consultant/firm including an outline of the consultant’s/firm’s recent experience on similar undertakings. The proposal should list itemised details of costs associated with manual development, it should express all proposed costs in Emalangeni. The proposal is due on the 15th December 2018 to wlsaswaziland@gmail.com

 Download TORs here: Baseline TORs- US Embassy project

Project Consultant(s) Needed: “Breaking Barriers: Enhancing Swazi Women’s Participation and Representation in Decision Making”

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Women and Law in Southern African Africa Research and Educational Trust – (WLSA) Swaziland is seeking for applications from consultants. The Terms of References are as follows:

  1. Background

“Breaking Barriers: Enhancing Swazi Women’s Participation and Representation in Decision Making” project seeks to create a platform for women’s political endeavours and roles in society and to equip them with knowledge and skills that enable them to participate actively in decision-making at the political level.

The Overall objective of the project is to promote equal participation and representation of women and men at all levels of decision-making in Swaziland

Specific objective(s): Strengthen the capacity and leadership skills of women to confidently claim their rights and effectively engage in decision making processes

Anticipated results:

Result 1: Increased level of awareness of gender equality in decision making among citizens in all the four regions of Swaziland

Result 2: A strong national women’s movement established as a result of improved coordination and collaboration among CSOs, women leaders and women’s groups

Result 3: Improved national legal and institutional frameworks for enhancing women’s effective participation in decision making processes

The above expected results will be realized through implementation of several key activities such as:

  • Conduct a baseline study on women participation in decision making
  • Hold sensitization workshops with traditional leaders
  • Train community-based paralegals on gender-sensitive electoral education (including development of a toolkit)
  • Conduct community level gender sensitive pre-election civic education workshops
  • Identify and train potential women leaders in leadership skills
  • Host a national women’s convention
  • Publicize a quarterly newsletter on Swazi women in decision making
  • Organize policy dialogues between CSOs, parliamentarians and other stakeholders

2. Overall goal and objective

The overall goal of the toolkit development is to decentralize a gender sensitive electoral education in the communities through capacity building of Paralegals.

The major objectives of the toolkit development are:

  • To provide reference material on legal instruments, Key statistics and electoral framework, Bearers to women inclusion in electoral processes, benefits of the inclusion of women in the electoral processes and gender equality.
  • To contribute towards changing the mindset of man of women on women’s participation and gender equality at community level.

 3. Scope and focus of assignment

 

The consultant is responsible for developing a tool kit based on based on gender sensitive electoral education that will be used to guide delivery of the electoral education.

Amongst issues to be addressed by the tool kit are:

  • Legal Instruments
  • Key statistics and electoral frame work
  • Barriers to women’s inclusion in electoral processes
  • Benefits of the inclusion of women in the electoral processes

The assignment is expected to begin on the 26th of January 2018

4. Deliverable results

  • Toolkit

5. Reporting and timeline

Consultant shall report to WLSA Project Officer during the duration of the assignment. The assignment is expected to last a period of 15 days commencing on the 26th of January 2018.

6. MINIMUM CRITERIA FOR SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL FOR BID

 The consultant(s) shall have:

  • Extensive experience ( at least 5 years) in manual development and training
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of gender, women’s human rights and electoral processes.
  • Demonstrated high level of professionalism and an ability to work independently and in high pressure situations under tight deadlines.

The proposal shall provide a description of the consultant/firm including an outline of the consultant’s/firm’s recent experience on similar undertakings. The proposal should list itemised details of costs associated with manual development, it should express all proposed costs in Emalangeni. The proposal is due on the 15th December 2018 to wlsaswaziland@gmail.com

Download TORs here: Tool kit development TORs- US Embassy project

‘America also not perfect’- US Ambassador to Swaziland Peterson says as she Lectures human rights activists against patriarchal dominance

US Ambassador to Swaziland Lisa Peterson has said inequality survivors including women and minority groups have got to be applauded for movements that seek equal treatment and the pursuit of equal opportunities challenge patriarchal norms while calling for coordinated efforts.

“Swaziland’s Constitution declares that “All persons are equal before and under the law in all spheres of political, economic, social and cultural life and in every other respect and shall enjoy equal protection of the law. Nevertheless, this great nation, like the U.S., was built upon a patriarchal foundation that has created a legacy of inequality for women and minority groups. Therefore, we must applaud and fully support the willingness of victims and survivors – including men, women, and gender non-conforming individuals – to forcefully speak out against this conduct. We must support their ability to seek redress,” she said.

…we are still far too often shocked by stories of violence and abuse that we hear in the press…US Ambassador to Swaziland Lisa Peterson

This was on the Thursday of 7th December 2017 during the Human Rights Day commemoration in honor of the late Dr Joshua Mzizi where she was an honoured guest speaker.

In Mzizi’s remembrance, since 2005, the Coordinating Assembly of Non-Governmental Organisations (CANGO) and the Council of Swaziland Churches annually reflect on his legacy where human rights activism is concerned in the country by convening a lecture of human rights activists to deliberate and reflect on challenges and milestones of human rights based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) of 1948. The day saw speakers from the Council of Swaziland Churches, CANGO and an LGBTI activist among the speakers of the day emphasising on this year’s theme of standing up for equality, justice and human dignity.

Internationally, Human Rights Day is commemorated on 10 December of each year since 1950 when the UDHR set 30 standard human rights after the Second World War to avert further hostilities.

Ambassador Peterson said although the United States of America came out with the Constitution in the 18th century, (September 17, 1787) still then it excluded women and people of color “written by a group of white men who saw the world through an 18th century lens”.

Reflecting further on the American history, Peterson said the Seneca Falls Convention (1848) declared that all men and women were created equal and called for “women’s autonomy, better education, and viable employment opportunities for women” whereas in 1920, women in America achieved the right to vote while people of color won their voting right “after decades of bloodshed and turmoil”.

“Both these movements had their high-profile boycotts, marches, and rallies, but they also relied on hundreds of individual actions – from being the first woman to be admitted to practice law to creating citizenship schools that helped African American pass literacy tests in order to vote – that built the alliances and social awareness that made each next small victory possible.”

Peterson said although Swaziland was breaking the male dominance over the years, it was still shocking to see “stories of violence and abuse that we hear through the press” whereby people have seemingly become complacent and by GBV when stories of passion killings suffered by women as a comprehensive domestic and violence law is still missing.

“One of the reasons we are still engaged in this fight [for equality] is because empowerment can be seen as a threatening concept for those already enjoying positions of power – whether they are the head of a corporation or the head of a household… So it falls largely to those seeking an equal place in these systems to become disruptors – to change how people think, behave, do business, or learn.”

“Businesses, civil society, traditional leaders, government, international allies, churches, and citizens all have a role in raising awareness around this issue. Coordinated action is critical to success. Many in this room have done incredible work on this issue, but we must all ensure that we are supporting their efforts, both to bring more volume to the effort but also to ensure that their efforts, both to bring volume to the effort but also that the people and organisations that have been doing the heaviest lifting don’t burn out. Our collective voices and strategic actions have the power to restore human dignity, render justice, and ultimately realize both our Constitutions’ ideals,” Peterson said.

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ZESN Statement: PEACEFUL RESOLUTION TO CURRENT POLITICAL IMPASSE CRUCIAL TO ENSURING DEMOCRATIC ELECTORAL PROCESSES IN ZIMBABWE

zim press releaseHarare – 16 November 2017- The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN), a coalition of 32 Non-Governmental Organizations whose mandate is the promotion of democratic electoral processes in Zimbabwe, notes the prevailing political impasse in the country. Guided by its vision of a Zimbabwe where democratic electoral processes are upheld, ZESN calls for inclusive dialogue to resolve this political impasse.

ZESN is concerned with the prevailing situation that has fueled a lot of uncertainty especially given that the country is undertaking one of the most critical electoral processes, the Biometric Voter Registration exercise, ahead of the scheduled 2018 harmonized elections. A complete, accurate and current voters’ roll is key in enhancing the credibility of the next elections.

Cognizant of the importance of holding free, fair and credible elections in Zimbabwe, it is imperative that peaceful resolutions are agreed upon by all key stakeholders detailing key steps towards ensuring the preservation of constitutionalism with a clear election roadmap that guarantees the enjoyment of fundamental political rights and freedoms as well as the embracing of electoral reforms.

ZESN reiterates its calls for comprehensive electoral reforms to enable citizens to freely participate in electoral processes and the governance of the country on the basis of the supremacy of the Constitution, rule of law and good governance. Key among the reforms, the Network restates its calls for the creation of a conducive political environment devoid of violence, coercion and intimidation guaranteeing the full enjoyment of fundamental human rights. An effective electoral dispute resolution mechanism that responds to potential conflicts and disputes before, during and after an election, be put in place.

ZESN believes that the alignment of key laws to the constitution such as the Electoral Act is crucial in ensuring that elections in Zimbabwe are credible and are held under a framework that guarantees the respect of the will of the people. Furthermore, institutions supporting democracy such as the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission should be strengthened to ensure its independence in managing electoral processes including results management.

ZESN continues to closely observe and monitor the unfolding political developments in Zimbabwe and remains fully committed to its mandate of promoting democratic elections. At this critical time in the history of Zimbabwe, ZESN calls for calm and peace amongst the citizens as efforts to resolve and reach an amicable solution continue.

 

PROMOTING DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS IN ZIMBABWE

ZESN Chairperson Mr Andrew Makoni: +263772234891

ZESN Vice-Chairperson Mr Dumisani Nkomo: +263779617926

ZESN Director Mrs Rindai Chipfunde Vava: +263712415902

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Facebook: Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN)

Twitter handle:@ZESN1

Website: www.zesn.org.zw

 

 

 

In Solidarity with the People of Zimbabwe Against the Betrayal of the Promise: The Anatomy of Liberation Authoritarian Dynasty

ZIMBABWE CRISIS

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A regional CANGO partner, The SADC Council of NGOs’s public statement of solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe

The SADC Council of NGOs is disturbed and concerned by the developments in Zimbabwe which stands out as a betrayal of the historic promise not only to Zimbabweans, but the entire project of post-colonial liberation and emancipation of the dehumanised masses of the black majority towards the promised land and total rennaisance of the African continent.

Why concerned? 

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STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY Democratic Republic of Congo: How do we escape from hell?

The Democratic Republic of Congo has endured lifelong pain since independence from
Belgium in 1960, and continue to experience deep-rooted crisis from hell without reprieve
insight. All attempts have been made to find solution without success, and there seems no
hope in the horizon. Given previous failures to secure permanent peace, stability and
creation of a democratic and institutionally stable government, what else is to be done?
Does SADC and the African Union have desired political will, required institutional and
political capacity, organisational resolve and commitment, as well as military capability to
permanently extricate DRC from sliding into deeper and irreversible damage? How do we
arrest this perrennially manufactured crisis?
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CANGO Participating at the Global HIV Prevention Coalition 2020 in Geneva

For quick updates on the Global HIV Prevention Coalition in Geneva, follow @CANGO3 on twitter and more of these hashtags; #GlobalHIVPreventionCoalition #GPC2020

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