Minerva in Swaziland
This project is funded
by the European Union
Vincitrice del bando European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) Country Based Support Schemes (CBSS) – Swaziland
MINERVA SOC COOP – KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND (01.02.2015 – 30.04.2016)
Title of the Action: “WOMEN AS PROTAGONISTS OF CIVIL SOCIETY. From a Small Publishing Enterprise to a Monitoring Centre. Human Rights, Information, Art and Culture as an Engine of Women’s Empowerment in Swaziland”.
Head of the Project/Applicant: Minerva Soc. Coop.
Institutional Partner: University of Swaziland (UNISWA)
Project funded by the European Union under the Call for Proposals launched by The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR). Minerva Soc Coop has been awarded.
Since the beginning of the activities, Minerva, with the positive cooperation and the strong support of the EU Delegation to Swaziland, have obtained the success to involve the only public University of Swaziland, UNISWA, that with the adhesion of the Ministry of Education signed the first MoU in its history with a non Swazi and a non for profit organization: Minerva. The MoU also included an innovative content which consisted in the establishment of Campus in publishing, journalism and Information, in Human Rights, with a focus on Art, Intercultural Dialogue and Water which was a sensitive issue in Swaziland especially due the drought caused by Nino and its consequences on the population. The establishment of a campus, a classroom equipped with computers for each student, also increased the motivational involvement of female students and increased the prestige of the Initiative. A 182 hours training program, from July 2015 to February 2016, promoted and managed by Minerva with its more than thirty-years of experience, which transferred skills and values. From the organization of a Monitoring Centre on Women and Human Rights to the profession of journalism and publisher, to the production of a new monthly N.0 Magazine entitled #WOMEN, developed by the students under the supervision of Minerva. With an experience in rural areas, in contact with the poor and dignified people of the villages and an educational area for the production and selection of images: faces, landscapes, human atmosphere, simulating what is actually done in a small publishing house.
The Magazine #WOMEN has been circulated in Swaziland as a supplement of the monthly magazine “The Nation”. A particularly significant symbolic value because the publisher and Director of The Nation, Bheki Makhubu, had unjustly spent more than a year in prison (March 2014 – June 2015) for exercising his right to freedom of expression and information (he wrote an article criticizing the conduct of Swaziland’s chief justice Michael Ramodibedi, who has since been fired), and was released on pressure from the international community, including the European Union. Therefore He represents an emblematic example for the students and the Swazi population. The final event had the honorable presence and the speeches of the EU Ambassador to Swaziland, H.E. Nicola Bellomo, of the UNISWA delegates, and of the a representative of the Deputy Prime Minister of Swaziland, Paul Dlamini, who received in public from the EU Ambassador a copy of the magazine #WOMEN magazine, with great appreciation, during the Celebration for the Women’s Day.
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Cenni sullo Swaziland
Il Regno dello Swaziland (Ngwana) è una nazione dell’Africa del Sud. È situata sul fianco orientale dei monti Drakensberg e confina con il Sudafrica a nord, ad ovest e a sud e con il Mozambico a est; non ha sbocco sul mare. Dista 80 km dall’Oceano Indiano. Il paese ha un basso livello di sviluppo economico.