Almost 10 years after the relase on the vulnerability study still 63% of Swazis live in poverty. WHY?

march 1

Southern Africa Peoples summit Reclaiming SADC for peoples development; SADC Resources for SADC People.

 

“SAPSN acknowledges and adopts to support social movement in their call for a democratic Swaziland”

 

The 15th and 16th OF August 2015 witnessed social movement from the SADC region coming together in Gaborone Botswana to once again deliberate and find solutions to issues that most impact the marginalized and poor from each country in the SADC region. Amongst these countries was Swaziland under the banner of Socio Economic Justice network-SEJUN asking why still almost 10 years later after a vulnerability study was released in the early 2000’s on 63% of swazis living below the poverty margin of a $1 a day there has been no changes.

 

Issues discussed and talked to included Agriculture and Trade justice; illicit financial flaws and tax justice in SADC; Violence against women; Defending our local and traditional seeds and Governance and Human rights in SADC.

 

Swaziland identified, lobbied and debated for attention and action on the issues of land and women; youth under the banner of Swaziland Union of Students(SNUS) debated on the illicit financial flaws in the context of Swaziland. In the cluster on democracy and human rights; SEJUN acknowledging that rife poverty; high levels on unemployment in Swaziland is attributed by the lack of transparency; political exclusion of swazis within the current system of governance: Called for this SADC regional platform to be in practical solidarity with the Swaziland democracy movement with an immediate ask for civil society within their respective countries in SADC region to demonstrate and petition their governments and Swazi consulates on Swaziland on the issue on violation of freedoms of assembly and expression of civic; unions and political groups and call for democratic system in the country.

 

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