Botswana is blessed in that the year 2016 is a year in which all will be celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Independence, says Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Ms Botlogile Tshireletso.
Speaking at the commemoration of the International Women’s Day, Ms Tshireletso said since independence in 1966 Botswana has afforded its people freedom of expression, free debate and tolerance for varying opinions.
She said this atmosphere has resulted in free debates and tolerance towards women’s rights and could be attributed to the Government of Botswana’s amending of laws to achieve equality between men and women.
Ms Tshireletso noted that the legislation has been developed and some laws amended to afford women opportunities that improve their lives.
“This laws include among others the Domestic Violence ACT of 2008 and its regulations; the Children’s Act of 2009; Married Persons Property Act of 2014 as well as the schools Re-admission policy which affords learners opportunity to return to school within six months after giving birth,” she said adding that this affords the girl child equal opportunity to access education like the boy child who impregnated her.
She said that nowadays women are being recognised and appreciated for their abilities and this can be attributed to the fact that women hold high positions of power in the society like being Dikgosi, Ministers, Attorney General, the Bank of Botswana governor, and High Court Judges and other special fields
She said the 2016 theme; Pledge for Gender equality is aligned with the 50 years of Independence slogan United and Proud Nation, noting that the society cannot claim unity and pride as a nation unless women and girls are on board as Batswana women play a pivotal role in the development of the society and the nation at large.