Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: “Babe Locotfo” (Good Father) Essay Contest Award Ceremony – Kwakha Indvodza

Standard Bank Representative Tom Churchyard, Executive Director of KI Sanibonani I am honored to join you here today for this event celebrating young people who have opened their hearts in this “Letter to my Father” essay contest. Tom says the essays he read for this contest were both heart-warming and heart breaking. Together they tell …

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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: Eswatini Pride Month 2020 Virtual Program

EU Ambassador, Program Director, Executive Director, The Rock of Hope, Representatives from LGBTI organizations, Diplomatic Corps, Civil society organizations, Members of the media, Ladies and gentlemen, Siyanivusela Bekunene! I am honored to be part of this year’s Pride Month celebration. What a dramatic year it has been. Who could have predicted the chaotic effects of …

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Remarks by Ambassador Peterson: Official Launch of The 2020 Men’s Health Month and Launch of Male Wellness Clinic – Mbabane

Program Director Hon. Minister of Health, Sen. Lizzy Nkosi Hhohho RA, Her Royal Highness, Princess Tsandzile Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Health Multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors Members of the press PEPFAR colleagues Directors of Implementing Partner Organisations Ladies and Gentlemen Sanibonani! It is a pleasure and an honour for me to be part of …

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Remarks by Ambassador Peterson: Launch of One Stop Centers – Mbabane Government Hospital

Honorable Minister of Justice, Honorable Minister of Health, UNICEF Representative All protocols observed It is an honor to be with you today to launch the new One Stop Centers—a critically important resource for survivors of gender-based violence, or GBV, to find help, counseling, and comfort during a time of extreme distress. Today, I am proud …

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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: International Women’s Day Leadership Seminar – Silverstone Lodge, Mbabane

Siyanivusela Bekunene It is an honor to be here today, and to be surrounded by so many smart, dedicated women who are changing the landscape of leadership in this country.  Everyone in this room is fighting for the voice of women in Eswatini and demonstrating extraordinary courage and leadership in your communities every day.  I …

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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: One Billion Rising Campaign – Masuvo Trade Hall

Honorable Deputy Prime Minister of Eswatini, Ambassador of the European Union to Eswatini, Principal Secretary, Manzini Regional Administrator Director of Women and Law in Southern Africa – Eswatini, Members of the Women’s Regiment Lutsango LwakaNgwane Executive, Representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations and Civil Society, Ladies and Gentlemen, All protocols observed. Siyanivusela Bekunene I am honored to …

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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: WLSA SODV Training for Traditional Leaders – Nhlangano

Regional Administrator; Chiefs; Tindvuna Temphakatsi Good Morning. I am excited and honored to be here today and to join you for this training on the Sexual Offenses and Domestic Violence, or SODV, Act of 2018. We at the U.S. Embassy have learned through our work on HIV and AIDS the tremendous role that chiefs can …

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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: Women and Law/Liphimbo Labomake Women in Leadership Training

Protocols I am honored to join you for this training of women in leadership.  We tend to think of leadership as an individual quality.  If I asked you who leads my country, I suspect you would think only of my country’s president.  But my country, like many other countries around the world, is actually led …

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Remarks by Ambassador Peterson: International Day of Rural Women – Swaziland Rural Women’s Assembly

Manzini Regional Administrator; Cebile Dlamini, Secretary General of Swaziland Rural Women’s Assembly; Representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations and Civil Society, Good morning. I am honored to be part of this event to celebrate and raise the voices of rural women in Eswatini.  I applaud the work of Swaziland Rural Women’s Assembly  to break barriers for women, …

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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: International Breast & Cervical Cancer Awareness Month Launch

Minister for Health Senior Government Officials It is an honor to be with you today to mark the launch of Breast and Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.  I trust you are familiar with the U.S. Government’s work in the fight against HIV and AIDS, but you may be less aware that this work has expanded to …

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Dissemination of findings of a study on sexual assault at the University of Eswatini

Did you know University campuses are also often the site of gender-based violence? Last Friday Ambassador Peterson was a keynote speaker during the dissemination of findings of a study on sexual assault at the University of Eswatini designed to understand and, ultimately prevent campus sexual assault in Eswatini. Ambassador Peterson said there is a lot …

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ARS Maureen Rabotin visits Swaziland

Thanks to Africa Regional Services (ARS Paris). Early February we hosted Maureen Rabotin, a Gallup StrengthsFinder certified Global Executive Coach, Instructor at Sciences Po (Paris Institute of Political Studies), TedX Speaker and author of: Culture Savvy – Working and Collaborating Across the Globe. Maureen conducted workshops across the country on leadership and advocacy, which included …

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WomEng, a South Africa-based NGO help Swazi women engineers to start up a local chapter

Swazi women engineers are breaking the mold and shattering stereotypes about women’s leadership in a male-dominated field. Last Friday and Saturday, the Embassy welcomed back the team from WomEng, a South Africa-based NGO, to help women engineers start up a local chapter. Across the world, women are underrepresented in the STEM fields and these amazing …

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