Activities in Botswana

Activities in Botswana

Date: February 27, 2011
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GMPS and GIME reports launched
The Botswana office started the month of February with a bang and a successful launch of the Botswana GMPS and GIME reports on 1 February 2011 at Gaborone’s President Hotel. The reports were officially launched by Professor Kgomotso Moahi, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Botswana.

GL Deputy Director Kubi Rama presented the main findings of each report and then comments were shared by Gladys Makondo, Research Manager at the Women’s Affairs Department and Professor Eno Akpabio, Head of the Department of Media Studies at the University of Botswana. Representatives from most of the media houses in Botswana attended and shared their experiences. One of the main issues discussed was a concern that there is not enough gender sensitivity amongst editors and media owners, ensuring that “soft” news beats, mostly related to women, are ignored. This includes stories on gender-based violence.    

Gender Justice & Local Government Summit applications pouring in!
With the Summit getting closer each day, February was a crucial month for collecting applications. We managed to mobilise applicants in different spheres, from government to local authorities to community-based organisations. KB and Vincent have been travelling to the applicants’ towns and villages to capture their projects on video and hear their stories. It is our hope that they will wave Botswana’s flag high!

Gender and local government management meetings
GL has been working closely with the Kgatleng District Council. The first week of February it was finally time to sit down with management and start the CoE process and embark on a situation analysis.

As there were a few new managers since previous workshops, we also took this time to get everyone on the same page and motivate them to continue implementing. The council has its own gender committee, so GL would like to go back this month to join in and record some of their activities.

Gender policy and referral system proposal
GL Botswana continues to actively work with the Women’s Affairs Department, supporting the reference team for the newly drafted gender policy as well as the proposal for a new GBV referral system. Earlier this month KB presented about GL’s local government work during a capacity workshop for all WAD staff.

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