Swaziland, similar to the rest of the world, faces the challenge of persistent inequalities between men and women.  This situation of inequality persists despite measures taken at national and international levels.

Before 1995, in Swaziland, a number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) tried to address these inequalities, but their efforts were fragmented and had a very little impact. NGOs working to reduce gender inequality saw the need to strengthen their efforts through collaboration. This Gender Consortium, therefore, was established in 1995.

The Consortium is composed of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that are affiliated to the Coordinating Assembly of NGOs (CANGO) and our key partners – the United Nations Theme Group and the Gender and Family Unit.

The Coordinating Assembly of NGOs (CANGO) is responsible for convening meetings of the Consortium and for the coordination of all its activities. There is a Chairperson and the Deputy Chairperson, who are elected from the members of the Consortium. Meetings are held at least once a quarter.

A Swaziland where men and women equally co-exist without any form of discrimination, oppression and / or undue advantage based on their sex.

The Gender Consortium is a network that seeks to create an enabling environment aimed at creating equal opportunities and services for men, women, girls, and boys. 

Click here to read the Gender Consortium Strategic Plan for 2012-2015


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