SADC sent an election mission to Eswatini recently. Among their recommendations was the following.

“The SEOM further expressed concerns over the practice of making female candidates address campaign events whilst on their knees. Whereas the government of Eswatini defended it as a cultural practice aimed at showing that women have respect to the community in general, the SOEM called it out as a degrading experience to the dignity of the female candidates.”

The Eswatini government then disowned the SADC report and defended the practice!

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