Gender Coordinator: Ms. Jane Mkhonta


  • To mainstream gender and family issues into all areas of national development, including legislation, policies, programmes and projects. This mandate includes:
  • To develop, direct, coordinate and supervise all gender related policies, plans, projects and legislation.
  • Ensure ratification, implementation and state party reporting on international legal instruments, e.g. the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women, Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights and on the Rights of Women in Africa, the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development etc.
  • To ensure state party reporting on resolutions and recommendations on the international Treaty Bodies at global, continental and regional levels.
  • To monitor and evaluate the implementation of gender and development activities in all development sectors (public, private and civil society levels).
  • To facilitate gender mainstreaming in sector development programs at all levels.
  • To provide capacity building on gender mainstreaming and analysis for gender focal points within government, civil society and private sector organisations.
  • To promote a conducive family environment for the both men and women.
  • To support and promote the family structure and ensure cohesion.
  • To provide technical support to the Women Parliamentary Caucus activities at local level and enhance local/regional/international networks.
  • To promote collaboration with gender networks, nationally, regionally and internationally.

Key Focus Areas

Gender as a social development issue is largely based on social interaction between males and females in any given situation (be it in the family/home, work, school, community etc. Socialisation; Gender Based Violence; Health, Reproductive Health and HIV; Education and Training; Politics and Decision Making; Legal and Human Rights; Poverty and Economic Empowerment; Information, Communication and Arts; Environment and Natural Resources.


Thematic Areas.

  • Family and Socialization,
  • Poverty and Economic Empowerment;
  • Health, Re-productive Rights and HIV/AIDS;
  • Education and Training;
  • Legal and Human Rights;
  • Politics and Decision Making,
  • Gender Based Violence;
  • Information, Communication and Arts,
  • Environment and Natural Resources 

Key InstrumentsThe National Development Strategy (NDS)

  • The Constitution of the Kingdom of Swaziland Act of 2005
  • The Poverty Reduction Strategy and Action Plan
  • The Decentralization Policy
  • The SADC Declaration on Gender and Development and its Addendum on the Prevention and Eradication of Violence against Women and Children.
  • The SADC Protocol on Gender and Development
  • The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR)
  • The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa
  • The Sustainable Development Goals
  • African Union Agenda 2063
  • Agenda 2030
  • The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
  • International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD)
  • The Fourth World Conference on Women 1995
  • Beijing Plus Five and Plus Ten Outcome Documents
  • The Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Documents (Downloadable)

  1. National Gender Policy 2010 (1.29MB)


Gender Unit at Secretarial Building (DPMO)

Gwamile Street


Tel: 24042723

Fax: 24044073

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