Who We Are
The Federation Organization of the Disabled People in Swaziland (FODSWA) is an organization run and managed by disabled people themselves. FODSWA is a gender sensitive organization; it therefore promotes gender sensitivity amongst its members.
FODSWA was formed in 1993 by disabled people's organizations. The main purpose of the formation of the Federation was to build effective and efficient leadership amongst its affiliates and to act as a link between government and disabled people's organizations.
“Equal rights and opportunities for all”
To effectively and efficiently coordinate activities of Members through empowerment of DPOs to be strong advocates that are able to provide direction on disability issues in mainstream society and government for the attainment of equal rights and opportunities for all people with disabilities in Swaziland.
FODSWA's guiding principles are:
- Accountability to affiliate organizations.
- To see to it that disability policies are in place and implemented.
- To see to it that all affiliated organizations are able to draw proper plans of actions and implementation plans.
- Swaziland National Association of the Physically Disabled Persons (SNAPDPe)
- Swaziland National Association of the Deaf (SNAD)
- Association of the Visually Impaired Persons (SAVIP)
- Parents of Children with Disabilities in Swaziland (PCDSwa)
Brief Country Disability Profile
Swaziland is one of the countries that have made significant progress in addressing issues that pertain to Persons with Disabilities. The Kingdom of Swaziland ratified the United Nations Convention on the rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in 2012. The main aim of the convention is to protect, promote and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all Persons with Disabilities and to promote of their inherent dignity.
Subsequent to ratification of the UNCRPD, a National Policy on Disability was developed, aimed at promoting the mainstreaming of disability issues across all development programs of Government.
The policy also seeks to implement the provision of the Constitution of Swaziland which recognizes and articulates the rights of Persons with Disabilities. The constitution also states that Parliament shall enact laws that protect Persons with Disabilities and also take appropriate measures to ensure that Persons with Disabilities realize their full mental and physical potential.
Despite this progress, Persons with Disability continue to be marginalized, discriminated against and socially excluded from mainstream activities. They have limited access to community services and opportunities available to non-disabled persons such as education, health employment, public facilities including buildings and transport. Consequently, Persons with disabilities tend to be overrepresented amongst the unemployed, the poor and the uneducated; this has far-reaching consequences to the disabled persons at individual, family and societal levels, Please Click Here»
What We Do
In order to address some of the challenges outlined above, FODSWA seeks to undertake practical projects and ventures of support to disabled people's organizations with a view of promoting all measures of equal opportunities and full participation for disabled person's organizations.
The federation also lobbies Government to implement existing pieces of national legislation and policies affecting Persons with Disabilities.
FODSWA also strived to promote gender sensitivity amongst affiliates. For example, the organization drew up a five-year plan on the development of women with disabilities in Swaziland, a program which was born from a research study on the discrimination of people with disabilities in Swaziland conducted by FODSWA in October 2001. It came out as one of the findings of the research that women with disabilities are the most discriminated against and the least privileged in the country.
- FODSWA has successfully lobbied for the Establishment of a Special Education Unit within the ministry of education
- Through the advocacy work of FODSWA, Braille is now taught in tertiary institutions
- FODSWA has also successfully lobbied for the establishment of a disability unit within the DPMs office
- FODSWA is now reliably consulted by other mainstream CSOs on all issues related disability
- FODSWA member has successfully been elected into the Senate to advance issues of disability
- The successful Implementation of the Living Conditions Survey was also one of key achievements of FODSWA
The National Congress, which was attended by people with disabilities from different regions and DPOs, therefore elected the following names of individuals who will run the federation in the next four years.
Rev. Mandla Methula (visual impairment)
Mr. Michael Shekwa (physical disability)
Mr. Musa Makhanya (visual impairment)
Mrs. Jabu Mpila (deaf)
Women’s Committee Chairperson:
Mrs. Thulisile Mkhabela (physical disability)
Youth Committee Chairperson:
Bongani Makama (visual impairment)
- Ms. Lungile Magongo (physical disability)
- Mr. Elliot Shongwe
The FODSWA can be contacted on the following address:
The Federation Organization of the Disabled People in Swaziland (FODSWA)
Mr. Musa Makhanya