Women in Swaziland are generally heavily discriminated against in contrast to what the Swaziland Constitution Act 2005 says . In Swazi customary law, women have the status of minors and as such have restricted access to certain social, government, and economic entitlements. For example a woman cannot get a bank loan without the consent of her husband, and cannot lease land without a man (husband or a son who is of age).
The Swaziland conservatives and patriarchal culture "ushito" (he/she said so) condones the widespread violation of women's rights in Swaziland, even though Swaziland has signed the convention of the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women and Swaziland's constitution of 2005 (Section 28, sub-section 1 and 2) guarantees women the right to equal treatment with men (politically, economically and socially).
The Constitution of the Kingdom of Swaziland Act 2005, as quoted below, guarantees the equal treatment of women with men and yet it practice, it is completely ignored by the government and authorities:
28. (1) Women have the right to equal treatment with men and that right shall include equal opportunities in political, economic and social activities.
(2) Subject to the availability of resources, the Government shall provide facilities and opportunities necessary to enhance the welfare of women to enable them to realise their full potential and advancement.
On the 11 March 2013 Swazi women rallied against Abuse and Inequality, in addition to the inferior legal standing of women, 1 in 3 females in Swaziland have experienced some form of sexual violence as a child, and nearly two thirds of 18 - 24 years old women have experienced some form of violence in their lifetime  says the IRIN report 2008. More than half of the sexual violence incidents committed against girls are not reported to anyone as they are not aware that the experience they had was abuse or they fear abandonment if they told anyone, because many men regard rape as a minor offence and many including the king have multiple sexual partners.
By: Bonisile Manyatsi
. The Constitution of the Kingdom of Swaziland Act 2005, Page 25, Section 28, Rights and Freedoms of Women.
. IRIN Humanitarian News and Analysis - SWAZILAND: Every third woman sexually abused as a child, says report, http://www.irinnews.org/report/77685; Accessed 03 April 2015.
The rule of law, access to affective remedies and protection of human rights continue to deteriorate as a consequence of the further undermining of judicial independence in Swaziland. As a Swazi citizen I am disheartened to see the violation of human rights continue to escalate and political and human rights activists arrested and given unfair trials for wanting political reform and change.
In July 2014 Bheki Makhubu, editor of the Nation news magazine, human rights activist lawyer Thulani Maseko were sentenced two years in prison for publishing articles raising concerns about judicial independence and political accountability in Swaziland. The warrant used to arrest them issued by the Swaziland Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi, subverted the normal legal process, they were detained a long time without trial, refused access to lawyers while in the police cells and refused medical treatment. This is awful and ridiculous treatment from the Swazi Government to convict innocent men for freedom of speech. When sentencing the two men the judge criticized their "disgusting conduct" for running a "defiance campaign" against the administration of justice, and with respect to Thulani Maseko, for "pursuing regime change".
Political and human rights activists were also detained in several separate trials involving charges under the Suppression of Terrorism Act 2008 and the Sedition and Subversive Act 1938. Mario Masuku, human rights activist and leader of Peoples United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) and youth leader Maxwell Dlamini were also charged with sedition and remanded in custody in connection with slogans they allegedly shouted at a 2014 May Day rally. The Crisis in the rule of law and judicial independence continue to deteriorate under the Swazi government and dictatorship of King Mswati III, the rights to freedom of expression,freedom of assembly, freedom of association continue to be violated and people who oppose the system get severly punished. Unfair trials resulted in imprisonment for reasons of opinion and conscience. This is the reason I joined Swazi Vigil UK to raise awareness of these gross human rights violation in Swaziland and the world needs to know. As a member of Swazi Vigil UK and a concerned Swazi Citizen I will continue to campaign against the Swazi government and the wasteful royal monarchy until the world joins in and helps us ... Viva Swazi Vigil UK Viva!!!
By: Sifiso Cynthia Dlamini
The royal dictatorship has done it again… they have – through the Royal Swaziland Police (RSP) – caused disruption and confusion of and about a Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) meeting held at the Swaziland National Teachers Association (SNAT) Centre in Manzini on the 28th of February 2015.
The never ending excuses of the monarchy through and through is the inclusion of Multi-Party Democracy in TUCOSWA’s meeting agenda, of which according to Quinton Dlamini (TUCOSWA President) was not going to be removed regardless that the police wanted it off the agenda if the meeting was to go ahead as initially planned.
It was reported that the RSP had advised the management of Bosco Skill Centre in Manzini to revoke the permission given to TUCOSWA to hold their third anniversary meeting at the centre, hence the meeting ended up being held at the SNAT Centre.
The meeting was attended by close to a hundred TUCOSWA members, other members were however, blocked from entering the centre by the police who took over from the security guards who manned the gates while others were said to have been turned back by the police at roadblocks mounted around the country.
Even though the executive committee members led by Quinton Dlamini were permitted to address the members, it was clear the police intended to disrupt the meeting and had successfully caused confusion when they blocked other members from entering the premises.
Quinton is quoted expressing his disgust of the oppressive government in his speech saying “…the police started by threatening Bosco Skills Centre and now they have come here to stop the meeting. It is clear now that they do not want us to have the meeting...” Nonetheless Dlamini expressed TUCOSWA’s determination to continue the fight and struggle for democracy despite the government’s attempt to disrupt their meetings.
This meeting disruption caused the Trade Union Congress to resolve to holding the meeting outside Swaziland – in South Africa instead – on the 14th March 2015.
This kind of behaviour by the Swaziland government – precisely the king’s government – shows to anybody who has any kind of sense that oppression, suppression, dictatorial means are the order of the day, and representative democracy by the populace is a NO Go area in Swaziland. Swaziland is still being ruled by executive orders from the crown with no regard for the nation’s interest, with no allowance for freedom of expression, association and public gathering, unless of course those meeting are held to propagate the dictatorship’s agenda. Any dissenting views, opinions, speech, expressions of any sort are not allowed, otherwise anyone who tries to go against the state is imprisoned without fair trial…
For those imprisoned by the dictatorship, we are with you in spirit, we stand with you in continuing to announce to the world that Swaziland needs the international community and the Swazi people (eMaSwati) to liberate it from the clutches of the dictatorial monarchy and its “Yes” followers.
Aluta Kontinua... the struggle continues... until Swaziland is free.
By: Clement M. Gama
Swaziland Vigil UK Activist
. Swazi Media Commentary, Swazi Police Halt Democracy Meeting, http://swazimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/swazi-police-halt-democracy-meeting.html; Accessed: 7th March 2015.
. Swazi Observer, Another Mayhem as TUCOSWA Meeting Fails; http://www.observer.org.sz/news/70827-another-mayhem-as-tucoswa-meet-fails.html; Accessed: 7th March 2015