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Having grown up in a country with a culture that depicts women as inferior and insignificant, it saddens me that things have not changed at all.

Given that the country has organisations mandated to facilitate and implement measures aimed at improving the situation of the Swazi woman, I am appalled that the Swazi nation still has not tried to change its perceptions of women during these modern times.

Laws have been enacted and old laws amended with the aim to protect women from men who repeatedly treat them with unwavering disrespect. If it is true that women are the backbone of society, why are we not cherishing our most prized possession?
The nurturers and caregivers of this world are treated as subhuman deserving no respect. 

We have read of women who have been subjected to grievous bodily harm that is neither warranted nor deserved, by the ‘people who love them most’.

This, unfortunately, is a persistent global problem regardless of the efforts made universally.
In all of this I am not forgetting the men who have also suffered in the hands of perpetrators.   
Who then should they turn to? Should we then take the law into our own hands?

Because that is what happens when the victim has nowhere to turn, feels abandoned, is depressed and obviously drained from being assaulted daily!
We should bear in mind that in most cases it all begins with verbal, emotional and sexual abuse that usually culminates in physical abuse.

What is Swaziland doing to try to curb this plague that has seemingly gone unnoticed by those who have the power to do something, those who are currently not affected, those who do not want to involve themselves or reach out to those in situations as these, and those who have nowhere to turn? Communities should come together to eradicate this social evil.


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