Shegotja Molelo Improves Women’s Lives

Human Rights

Shegotja Molelo Society is determined to move the country forward through uplifting the lives of women as well as developing the nation.

Speaking in an interview during the launch of Lehututu branch recently, the president of Shegotja Molelo Society, Ms Goleba Mokwena said women in Botswana were still living in poverty despite the government’s effort of women empowerment.

She said the society was born to address the various challenges afflicting women, inter alia poverty. Majority of women are single and therefore lack financial resources to support their family.

Ms Mokwena said the society has decided that each member should contribute P50 every month to cover expenses such as groceries and buying of coffins. However, she noted that their objective was not focused on funerals only, as they usually extend a helping hand to less privileged women in the society.

She revealed that they have built a tuck-shop and bought stock for a needy woman in Letlhakeng through their collaboration with Botswana Building Society. Ms Mokwena said they continue to fight poverty around the country, adding that they have selected another needy woman in Tsetseng.

She further revealed that they plan to build her a comfortable house. “Our effort is an example of a society that is committed to improve the lives of women and restore their dignity in the society which is torn apart by poverty,” she said.

This benevolent gesture, she said indicated that their society was responding well to the government’s clarion call to support and love the less privileged members of the society, which is also in line with Vision 2016 pillar of ‘a compassionate, just and caring nation’.

Moreover, she said the current crisis of poor Junior Certificate results had been on the society’s agenda, adding that through their collaboration with Botswana Telecommunication Corporation, they were planning to address the challenge by buying textbooks for junior schools from Letlhakeng to Kgalagadi North.

She further said that the high number of divorces in Botswana was worrisome, saying that they have established a counselling department to curb the situation. Meanwhile, the chairperson of Shegotja Molelo Society for Macheng branch, Ms Tebogo Moncho appealed to men, traditional leaders and the general public to support the society.

She said their society is not apolitical, but only provides a platform for women to share ideas and their life experiences.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News