international women's day 2011

Vigil for Legal Reform for Swazi Women – TAKE ACTION!!!

Posted on: 2 March 2011

Tuesday 8th March is the Centenary of International Women’s Day, yet women worldwide still experience gross discrimination and violations of their human rights and fundamental freedoms.

In Swaziland, many women are forced into marriage, there is no legal recognition of marital rape, and women have no legal status independently of their husbands with regards to property, leaving many faced with an impossible choice between violent abuse, or utter destitution.

Vigil for Legal Reform for Swazi Women

Tuesday 8th March 16.00 – 17.00
High Commission of the Kingdom of Swaziland,
20 Buckingham Gate, London, SW1E 6LB

(5 mins from St. James’s Park or Victoria tube stations)

For further information, please contact Simon Bennett:
07817 673049
simon.bennett@amnesty.org.uk
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=193568574005935

Please come to the vigil to demonstrate against this totally unacceptable situation. I am hoping to secure a meeting with the High Commissioner of the Kingdom of Swaziland in the UK at the same time as the vigil, so every person outside will really make an impact. Her secretary has already got in touch with me, so it is looking promising!

Of particular interest is the fact that Swaziland has its UPR in October 2011 (we all know what that is now!!), which will be the subject of intense lobbying by Amnesty activists from July onwards. This provides an extra leverage point to press for real reform for highly marginalised women.

Please bring banners and placards demanding legal reform for Swazi women, or to end discrimination against Swazi women.

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