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The Women In Network (WIN)

PROJECT BACKGROUND

The Women In Network (WIN) project is implemented by COSPE in partnership with the Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA), and funded by the European Union . The 15-months project is supporting a network of women living in 17 rural communities in the Manzini and Lubombo regions in Swaziland.The communities fall under 4 Tinkhundla (constituencies) of Hlane, Matsanjeni North / Tikhuba, Nhlambeni and Mtfongwaneni. The 17 communities in which the project is being implemented are:

  1. Mphankhomo,                                    
  2. Mambane                                               
  3. Ngonini,
  4. Njelu,
  5. Gundvwini,
  6. Lwandle,
  7. Ndlandlameni ,
  8. Hlane-Bulunga,
  9. Mahashulane,
  10. Lukhetseni,
  11. Tikhuba,
  12. Maphungwane,
  13. Entandweni,
  14. Hlane,
  15. Mnjoli,
  16. Khuphuka 
  17. Kashali/Masundvwini.

The Network was initiated through a previous project,POWER – Participation Of Women for Equal Representation under which 17 coalitons were formed. The POWER project was also implemented by COSPE and SWAGAA, and funded by the European Union. The Network was formalised in 2014 at the start of the WIN project.The reinforcement of the Network is being realized through meetings, sessions of discussion and training workshops aimed at strengthening women's capacities for their participation in the socio-economic development of their communities.

PROJECT TIMEFRAME

  • The Project has started in March 2015 and will end in May 2016.

 

OBJECTIVES OF THE ACTION:

Overall objective: To support civil society in consolidation democratic practices and promoting the respect of human rights.

Specific objective: To reinforce effective mechanism for women rights promotion, participation and representation of women in rural areas of the Lubombo and Manzini Region, Swaziland.

WHAT IS A COALITION?

It’s a group of 20 women duly elected by women-folk  in each community. The group is envisaged to empower women in the communities in order to promote women’s and human rights, and the quality of life in general. During the project, each group will undertake a so-called “pilot action” that will give them the opportunity to run a small project benefiting the whole community they live in.
Some coalitions are also in the process of assessing the possibility of  building a women centre in their community. This is happening in at least 6 communities.

WHAT IS THE NETWORK?

Each of the 17 women  coalitions elected 2 of its members into the network  and  a network of 34 members was established  for Manzini and Lubombo.

ACTIVITIES WHAT WE DO: These are the 5 principal activities for the project.

1. The internal recognition of the Network of women for Manzini and Lubombo region  and the elaboration of its own governance, functioning and representation rules
2. The identification of women’s priorities and setting of an AGENDA for the Network
3. The presentation and of the AGENDA to traditional and institutional leaders and civil society  at local, Inkhundla and Regional level and to the national civil society organisations in order to create linkages between the rural and the urban contexts. This process has to bring the women’s Network to the recognition ofdecision-making bodies as an entity able to be a development agent in their territories and communities.
4. The creation of two regional inter-institutional tables, a mechanism aimed  to bring to light, priorities and relevant issues of women and finding common ground in the development priorities of thr communities and their Tinkhundla.
5. Strengthening of the Network skills and competences on women rights and
communication/advocacy. This is inclusive of training women for key slills such as presentation skills, gender – based violence, management of estats if deceased relatives and spouses,collection of articles on women’s progress in the communities, leadership, micro – finance, credit and savings and many more.

RESULTS OF THE PROJECT.

What the WIN project wants to achieve is:
1. To have an active network of women and women groups recognised at regional and national level able to interact with institutions, civil society and citizens on all issues and able to have projects and ideas to be implemented .
2. To strength women groups, to be active and recognised in their own communities as development agents.

  WOMEN NETWORK MEETS COSPE GENDER CONSULTANTS.

ENJOYING MEETING AS WOMEN: khuphuka

MAMBANE COALIATION: MEETING WITH COSPE GENDER CONSULTANT. WOMEN SELLING THEIR HAND WORKS PRODUCTS.

EU COUNTRY EMBASSADOR GIVING WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE NETWORK

GROUP PHOTO OF THE NETWORK WITH THE EU AMBASSODOR  ,COSPE REPRESENTATIVE  ,WIN COORDINATOR  AT SITEKI HOTEL


 

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