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19 thoughts on “Botswana: The constitution – Women speak out”
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In full agreement with the recommendations as captured.
Women need dual citizenship
Amendments additions to the Citizenship act needs to be put forward and should be amended. The issues have long been debated and it is time for change.
Citizenship upon marriage irrespective of sex
Retain citizenship upon divorce
Hold dual nationality
Transmit citizenship to children irrespective of sex
Include aspects of the right to citizenship in the recent judgements.
The arguments are solid because grounded in research, and I agree with the recommendations to amend the Constitution of Botswana in the areas that have been pointed out that pertain to gender equality.
Women should be recognised as per their talent and as equal partners and contributors to the growth and development of the country. We call for an end to make cartels that are growing in the government and corporates that sideline the growth of women.
I endorse the submission
Under sexual health reproduction I suggest that training must be extended to all professionals (health, police, social and community development etc) who deal with GBV cases.
Please do not forget the boy-child in all these initiatives lest we create another gap which will come with its own burdens. in the future. I am saying this because as an educator I have made an observation that we have somehow left behind the boy-child behind in empowerment initiatives and this has created other issues such as low academic performance and indiscipline. Just an example, recently my 9year-old son asked me whats in it for them because the girls at their school were given SKY something magazine and there was nothing for them.
Politics – is it not possible to groom them from grassroots eg lately we see SRCs at secondary schools led by girls. I think trying to empower in late stages has its own disadvantages. Lets try platforms to empower women for political office at the earliest time of interest such as at secondary or tertiary.
Inheritance – all gaps should be closed to stop relatives from protesting inheritance from their married sons upon death. I feel that this subjects the married women to abuse and has the potential to cause mental health issues in the long term and other harmful diseases such as High Blood Pressure etc
If possible, All single parent families headed by men and women who do not have sources of income should somehow be supported financially.
I endose the submission. Brilliant piece of work. Shout out to who worked on this submission.
This is a positive development towards ensuring equality and empowerment of women in the modern society. A legal framework is a cornerstone of mutual existence, these substantial submissions ought to be thoroughly considered.
I endorse the submission!
With respect to GBV, counselling should be mandatory for known perpetrators especially in intimate partner relationships because it is not unusual for victims in such instances to withdraw the charges against their partners, which subjects the women to a vicious cycle of abuse and cases go untried . With counselling, the perpetrators may have some behavioural change effected.
I endorse the submission wholly
I endorse the submission
I totally support the recommendations which would further force the recent bills/acts on Citizen economic inclusion to be intentional on numbers and targeted progress to be made towards inclusion of women and closing the parity gap in such. If we are to close the gap in ensuring women participate equally in economic development, growth and prosperity all these laws should complement one another.
I endorse the the submission
I endoese the submission. Very brilliant
I endorse the presentation. It has covered the issues of women. I,however, feel that issues that affect Widows should have been dealt with in depth. There are many Widows who now live as poupers after the death of their spouses as some in laws take the property that the Widows accumulated with their husbands
There is now a registered Society called Widows Walking Together Society of Botswana.Members would be willing to write on the issues that affect Widows in Botswsna
I wholeheartedly endorse this well thoughtout, well written and well argued submission. Well Done!
I applaud the holistic and context specific approach of the submission. This is demonstrated in the recommendations calling for Equality and Non-Discrimination and Standalone Provisions on Women’s Rights. This holistic approach enabled the submission to address the political, social and economic rights of women, girls and LGBTI persons in our country. The submission demonstrates how gender-based discrimination permeates all structures and institutions in society at micro, meso and macro-levels. Hence the submission’s recommendations cover political, economic and social aspects of gender equality.