Botswana: Civil society in Botswana wants increased gender equality

Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s civil society has challenged the nation to streamline gender equality to the benefit of women.

Alice Mogwe, director for Botswana Centre for Human Rights on Monday said that no society can develop sustainably without equal opportunities.

“Societies with greater gender equality experience faster economic growth,” Mogwe said, stressing that Botswana should join forces to collectively enable gender equality for sustainable development of the society.

Mogwe also urged the country to increase the number of women in positions of authority.

Currently female leaders hold positions such as Governor of the Bank of Botswana, Attorney General, Speaker of the National Assembly, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Minister of Local Government.

Though Botswana joins the rest of the world in celebrating International Women’s Day on Tuesday, the country is yet to adopt the National Policy on Gender and Development presented to parliament last year.

This year, International Women’s Day 2016 is commemorated under the theme ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality’.

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07 march 2016 17:59:34

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