Botswana Promotes Gender Equality

| May 29, 2015

Botswana is committed to the promotion of gender equality and women empowerment, the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Mr Edwin Batshu, has said.

Delivering a keynote address at the SADC Gender Protocol National Summit Awards for Gender Mainstreaming in Botswana on May 27, Mr Batshu said this had been demonstrated through the country’s commitment to international, regional and national gender equality instruments and their follow-up processes.

Therefore, in order to realise these international obligations and national development plans, there was need for concerted effort amongst all key players in the economy.

“It is on this premise that government regards the public private partnership as an integral part of sustainable development. To this end, non-state actors, such as Gender Links Botswana remain valuable in the development process,” he said.

Since independence, Labour and Home Affairs minister said Botswana had committed to the development of the citizens, including women’s empowerment and development towards gender equity and equality.

This, Mr Batshu said, was evidenced by the International and Regional Conventions, Treaties and Protocols that had been signed, which include, amongst others, the 1949 Geneva Conventions and their 1977 Additional Protocols Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDWA) OF 1979 International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention on Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) No.111 and ILO Convention on Worst Forms of Child Labour No. 182.

Botswana government’s partnership with GL, Mr Batshu said dated as far back as 2009 when the organization opened a satellite office in Gaborone to cascade the regional gender mainstreaming programme at the local level, which he said was a crucial commitment as Botswana was the headquarters of SADC.

Furthermore, the minister said since its establishment in Botswana, GL had been providing consistent support to the National Gender Programme with particular focus on mainstreaming gender in the media and local governance. To this end, he said GL had also established g partnership with his Ministry as well as the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.

This collaboration, he said had, amongst others, resulted in the 2012 Gender Based Violence Indicator Study which currently informs the National Strategy for the Prevention and Elimination of Gender Based Violence (GBV).

Meanwhile, this year’s National Summit Awards was divided into more than ten categories with about 50 presenters competed in them. The categories included themes, such as GBV, Faith Based Organisations (FBO), Economic, Justice and Education, Leadership, Government, Gender and Climate Change as well as the Media.

Participants who had demonstrated commitment in mainstreaming gender into their work as well as those who had committed resources into mainstreaming gender in their daily work were all awarded prizes.

The awards were meant to motivate all participants to up their efforts on the implementation of the gender and development agenda through mainstreaming gender into their policies, progrmmes and projects.

The winners were GBV (Stepping Stones International), FBO (Tutume Baptist Church), Economic, Justice and Education (Lobatse Town Council), Leadership (Ms Boingotlo Gupta of Bomme Isago), Government (Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development), Gender and Climate Change (Moshupa Sub-District), as well as the Media (Printonline and Radio) (Printonline- Ms Ruth Kedikilwe of Sunday Standard) and Radio- (Gabz FM’s Mr Desmond Lunga of Men and Boys Gender Equality organisation).

In addition, there were also eight submissions from Centres of Excellence (COEs) on gender mainstreaming in Local Government.

The COEs were divided into Urban and Rural and Emerging Entrepreneur (start-up and existing businesses) categories.

The winners in the COEs categories were Urban (Lobatse Town Council), Rural (Moshupa Sub-District), emerging entrepreneur start-up (Ms Sense Mokoti from Kasane for starting-up a cultural village business) and emerging entrepreneur existing (Ms Gladys Simon from Kasane for her existing land scape business).

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Human Rights

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