Action for Southern Africa, Positive Women, the Africa APPG and the HIV/AIDS APPG organise
Swaziland: A Kingdom in Crisis? HIV/AIDS, GENDER AND RIGHTS
Siphiwe Hlope, founder and director of SWAPOL
Professor Alan Whiteside, founder and director of Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Division, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Tuesday 15th March
6:00 – 7:30pm
Committee Room 5, Houses of Parliament
Swaziland is Africa’s only absolute monarchy, its people have endured the restrictions of a state of emergency since 1973. Swaziland has less political freedom than Zimbabwe, according to the respected Mo Ibrahim Index; political parties are banned and civic and political activists are regularly arrested, imprisoned and tortured. Swaziland has the highest HIV rate in the world. The Royal Family and its entourage have amassed an immense wealth, whereas 69 per cent of the population live in absolute poverty.
‘Swaziland: A Kingdom in Crisis’ will focus on the impact of HIV/AIDS on the country as well as the social, political and economic problems it faces.
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