Botswana: Obakeng Nkeru


Date: November 21, 2020
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” I have managed to sensitize other council departments to disaggregate data with a gender lens. This could help the council to evaluate its programmes better.”

I am a trained adult educator. At my tertiary education, I was loved Gender courses after attending a training with Gender Links Botswana in 2011. The training was about Gender and media literacy. The outcomes of the workshop influenced me to select courses such as Politics of Gender and Gender issues in Adult Education. Even in my Master’s thesis where I was Evaluating the Contribution of Village Development Committees to Rural Development in Mahalapye Sub District, I also used a gender lens to analyse my data.

I am a Community Development Officer at Komana and Nxaraga. I am also a Vice Chairperson for Ngami Men Sector as well as Gender Focal Person. My work entails driving social policies and implementing community development initiatives at a local level.
To become an Epitome of positive change in domestic livelihoods through running a Family Resort where couples and families undertake programmes tailor made to improve their livelihood. The Most Memorable is when I was facilitating a training for Komana/Nxaraga Women Empowered Groups for basic business skills in January 2019. The Groups formed a song to thank me about the workshop and that it opened their eyes. The songs captures village gossipers who thought the groups will fail. It encourages gossipers to join the groups as learning is taking place in that groups.

The leader qualifies to be a driver of Change since he managed to attract Project Concern International to fund the workshop and media to cover the event. The workshop was attended by 40 women and 10 males at Nxaraga. The workshop targeted informal sector.
I am a Community Development Officer at Komana and Nxaraga. I am also a Vice Chairperson for Ngami Men Sector as well as Gender Focal Person. My work entails driving social policies and implementing community development initiatives at a local level. Some colleagues still associate gender with women issues. The Key Challenge is lack of gender budget for gender activities.

Championing gender has changed my way of life in that I am accommodation of key populations such as gays and lesbians. Always i am interested in ensuring that all programmes are gender sensitive and aware for example, our data base are now categorized in gender. I ensure that gender is mainstreamed in almost all council departments.

My family is aware of gender issues and are accommodative of key populations. The Council is now aware of SRHR issues. The Council is now proposing gender budget in 2020/2021. The council is to source funds from other departments to assist in ensuring that gender activities are aligned to their mandate. I championed gender and ensured that Gender committee is active. The committee has drafted its plans for SRHR and action plans. I was also awarded the Best Change Agent Award position 2 in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development awards in May 2019.

Maun Administrative Authority requires a Gender officer who will ensure that gender issues are responded to and that gender is being advocated at the Senior Management level.