SAWID 2003-2013: Celebrating ten years of dialogue, advocacy and applied research

For 10 years now, SAWID has been at the forefront of building the capacities of communities to attain peace and development.

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The Development Caravan Model of Poverty Eradication

devcar snippetSAWID is proud to share its approach as a civil society contribution to the challenge of poverty and inequality in SA.

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Women as Champions of Change

SAWID is very pleased to have commissioned and participated in this research study on SA Women as Champions of Change: A Civil Society Programme of Action for the African Women’s Decade.

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"We are the ones we've been waiting for"

"We, the women of South Africa, stand together for women's participation on issues of national, regional, continental and international importance.  Through our dialogues, we seek to establish a common agenda for the development of women and to ensure that women's views are taken into consideration whenever decisions are taken on all issues that impact on our lives..."

The SAWID forum was initiated to provide a platform for ongoing dialogue.

Origins of the SAWID Forum

SAWID is an independent South African Women's Platform committed to hearing the voice of every woman and to improving the status of women by engaging national government, the private sector, civil society, (including non-governmental organisations, community-based organisations, faith-based organisations and donors) in partnership to shape community, provincial and continental agendas. The SAWID forum is impartial and not-for-profit and is tied to no party-political interests.

South African Women in Dialogue (SAWID) was founded by a forum of around 1000 women, drawn from all sectors of South African society, who met at the University of Pretoria in July 2003. They had been convened by a Steering Committee of volunteers, facilitated by Mrs. Zanele Mbeki, spouse of the President of the Republic of South Africa.  The convenors had been inspired by the outcomes of a Peace and Reconciliation Dialogue wih women from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) which had taken place in March 2003. During three national conferences in 2003, 2004 and 2005, and a Youth Conference in Saldanha in December 2004, South African women, united in their diversity, came together to agree on a Plan of Action for the development of their communities and to find ways to engage with their sisters in South Africa and on the continent on similar issues. In addition to the Peace Dialogue with  women from the Democratic Republic of the Congo hosted in March 2003, a further Peace Dialogue took place in July 2004 with Women from Burundi.

SAWID takes place within the framework of the vision of the African Union and NEPAD for the development and regeneration of the African continent. 

SAWID honours the efforts of women in Africa and all other parts of the world who are organising themselves in their diversity to act together for a better future.


SAWID Development Goals 2003

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India Brazil South Africa Women's Forum Report

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The mission of the IBSA Women's Forum is to facilitate joint efforts and collaboration by the three countries in order to transform women's lives. 

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Our regional dialogues

We are in the process of gathering reports from 2013's regional events.  

Information on 2014's planned events will be published here soon.


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Peace & Reconciliation mission


Please visit us again soon for an update on our Peace & Reconciliation programme.

SAWID The Thinker


SAWID is determined to work towards the material and social sustainability of individuals and communities, not by fixing old systems, but by creating targeted, holistic, and coordinated interventions that will result in measurable changes to the day to day conditions of women and the girl-child. 
By Marthe Muller

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Women’s Global Charter for Humanity

We women have been marching a long time to denounce and demand an end to the oppression of women and end the domination, exploitation, egotism and unbridled quest for profit breeding injustice, war, conquest and violence. Our feminist struggles and those of our foremothers on every continent have forged new freedoms for us, our daughters and sons, and all the young girls and boys who will walk the earth after us.

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The Women's Charter for Effective Equality

As women, citizens of South Africa, we are here to claim our rights. We want recognition and respect for the work we do in the home, in the workplace and in the community. We claim full and equal participation in the creation of a non-sexist, non-racist democratic society. We cannot march on one leg or clap with one hand. South Africa is poorer politically, economically, and socially for having prevented more than half of its people from fully contributing to its development.

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