CGPMG Civil Society Representative for Southern Africa

Posted on 27/02/2014
By Martin Petts

Doo Aphane

Founder and Director of Women for Women Development Consultancy specialising in Law, Gender and Development, Swaziland.  

Doo served as regional coordinator for the Women’s Legal Rights Initiative Project responsible for six Southern African countries. She is the founding national coordinator of Women and Law in Southern Africa Trust (Swaziland) where she conducted and supervised action research in different family law areas, leading to several co-authored publications. This also exposed her to current socio-legal issues in Southern Africa. Doo is a founding officer of the Legal Aid Clinic of Council of Swaziland Churches.

Doo holds an LL.M in Law and Development from University of Warwick (UK). She participated in processes leading to the drafting of the SADC Gender and Development Declaration and the upgrading of the same into a Protocol. She was a SADC HIV and AIDS Technical Advisory Committee member 2007 to 2012. In addition, she was a Regional Task Force Committee member of Invigorating the Women’s Movement in Southern Africa, which commissioned the study on Assessment of the Vibrancy of the Women’s Movement in the country. She is a member of the African Feminist Forum and Women’s Inheritance Now Network.

Doo is currently serving as board member of Swaziland Young Women’s Network and the AIDS Information and Support Centre (TASC). She served as the chairperson of the gender consortium of non- governmental organisations under the auspices of Coordinating Assembly of Non-Governmental Organisations (CANGO). Doo served as deputy chair of the Central Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) of the Global Fund, where she represented civil society. 



Commonwealth Gender Plan of Action Monitoring Group

The Commonwealth Plan of Action for Gender Equality provides the framework through which the Commonwealth contributes to the advancement of gender equality and benefits from civil society input.