Botswana: The Ministry of Youth, Gender, Sport and Culture (MYYGSC), through Gender Affairs Department, in collaboration with World Bank, closed International Women’s Month with a workshop on gender equality and women’s empowerment at Travelodge.
While speaking at the event, Deputy Permanent Secretary – Policy Implementation Tshepo Mophuting alluded that it is worth noting that Gender Equality is a fundamental human right as enshrined in the Constitution of Botswana, which prohibits any form of discrimination, including based on sex.
Mophuting also mentioned that to this end, the government of Botswana had developed targeted support for women through programmes and policies such as the Economic Inclusion Act, which empowers women as one of the targeted groups that aligns with the principle of “Leaving No One Behind”.
For her part, the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Anna Maria Mokgethi, highlighted that women’s economic empowerment is both the right thing to do and a smart investment. She further stated that equality of opportunity allows women to make the best choices for themselves, their families and their communities.
Minister Mokgethi extended gratitude to representatives from the government of Botswana, the World Bank and all stakeholders and urged them to join efforts to embrace equality and work to foster equal opportunities for women.
On 8th March, First Lady Neo Jane Masisi is among scores of women at Botswana International University of Science and Technology in Palapye to celebrate international women’s day.
Held under the theme “I am equal, smart and innovative #BwWomen&GirlsforStem”, the event is organized by BIUST Library Services in collaboration with ‘She heads innovative framework and technology’ (SHIFT). SHIFT is a power club for girl students in science and engineering studies.
Botswana Police Service celebrate international women’s day in Gaborone on 8th March 2023. They celebrated with a new theme called, “DigitALL, Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality”.