Speeches Shim

January 7, 2021

United States Agency for International Development/Southern Africa’s (USAID/SA) strategic goal over the next five years (October 2020- September 2025) is to advance the region toward becoming more integrated, prosperous, and ultimately self-reliant. This goal can only be achieved when the needs of both women and men in the region are addressed. The Regional Development Cooperation Strategy (RDCS) is unlike previous USAID/SA strategies and integrates what was traditionally South Africa’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy.

December 11, 2020

On 11 March 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 virus a global pandemic. By that time, considerable effects had already been felt in China and subsequently in Europe and the United States of America (USA). In the SADC region, South Africa registered its first COVID-19 case on 5 March 2020 with various other Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries subsequently registering cases.

December 10, 2020

About the Advancing Rights in Southern Africa (ARISA) program

The Advancing Rights in Southern Africa program at Freedom House (ARISA) is a 5-year program that seeks to improve the recognition, awareness and enforcement of human rights in the region, including the protection of the region’s most vulnerable and marginalized groups. The program, led by Freedom House, in collaboration with partners—the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA/ROLI), Internews, and Pact—works at a regional level in select countries to:

December 10, 2020

Will things be the same again for freedom of expression in Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) after COVID-19? Findings of a 2020 research by Advancing Rights in Southern Africa (ARISA) and Internews on the state of freedom of expression in 8 Southern African Development Community (SADC) states under COVID-19 lockdown laws and regulations are troubling in areas of media sustainability and freedom of expression restrictions but the development of new media innovations gives a ray of hope.

December 4, 2020

Mr. Zidumo Mkhatshwa is the chairman of the community inner council of KuDvwaleni Chiefdom under Manzini North Inkhundla. He is the second in command from the chief.  His role includes liaison with the chief and the inner council and he is always representing and acting on behalf of the chief on his absence. He is a very traditional man and respects culture and traditions. He is a staunch believer in the differences of roles between man and woman. Babe Mkhatshwa is one of the leaders attended, a training which aims at creating a safe space for young women and adolescent’s girl child, provided by USAID partner, HC3, targeting traditional leaders.