Current Placement Spotlight: Katie Newby in Eswatini


In Eswatini, Kaytie is pursuing her 10-month placement with CAABWA’s (Canadian and African Business Women’s Alliance) partner organizations Trade + Impact and SWIFT (Swaziland Fair Trade). She is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Award. Trade + Impact is a non-profit global trade association that aids African and Middle Eastern women-led social enterprises, in the craft and natural cosmetics sector, to create an environment where their enterprises can grow and create impact in their communities and across the continent.

Having completed 6 months of her placement, Kaytie was thrilled to have the opportunity to be deeply involved in various activities facilitated by her placement organization. She currently writes grant proposals, conducts research for the organization, designs newsletters, and facilitates training for fair trade producers on social media marketing. Kaytie’s research aims to examine how power dynamics operate among sex workers in Eswatini. She hopes to examine both the ability of sex workers to negotiate safe sex transactions and to investigate how power operates in general in the sex industry in Eswatini.


Hoping to extend her placement, Kaytie aims to make the most of her placement opportunity both professionally and personally. So far, she has explored Kruger National Park and has visited Botswana. She hopes to visit Mozambique and Zimbabwe in the near future!


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