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Articles about Botswana

Tutume COE Institutional profile

10 April 15
Regional relevance: Botswana

Gender equality in African customary law: has the male ultimogeniture rule any future in Botswana?

16 February 15
Regional relevance: Botswana
The actual and perceived conflicts between customary law and human rights law, especially in issues dealing with gender equality, have remained a major challenge in Africa. Some of these conflicts are further complicated by the varying and contradictory interpretation of some customary laws by the courts. Different... [read more]

Examples of PFM impacts on gender equality

16 February 15
Regional relevance: Botswana
Research for this report was unable to find conclusive cases where public financial management (PFM) reform led to impacts on gender equality. This is because PFM reform does not necessarily lead to gender equality impacts, and conversely improvements in gender equality do not always require, or follow on from, PFM... [read more]

Towards egalitarian inheritance rights in Botswana: the case of Tlokweng

19 January 15
Regional relevance: Botswana
This paper explores the extent to which recent social, economic, demographic and environmental changes in Botswana have enabled women to inherit land, housing and other household assets. Using qualitative data from a study undertaken in the peri-urban village of Tlokweng, the paper notes that, unlike in the past... [read more]

Botswana: Survivor reclaims her independence

04 December 14
Regional relevance: Botswana
*Trigger warning: violence and abuse* Gaborone, 4 December: Aspiring entrepreneur and survivor of gender violence-Okhola Masiele tells GL her story, sharing her past as well as her dreams for the future. Masiele was part of the Gender Links entrepreneurship programme which aims to empower survivors of violence to... [read more]

Botswana: My marriage was wrecked

03 December 14
Regional relevance: Botswana
*Trigger warning: Violence* I got married in 1993 and was blessed with five children, one boy and four girls. My relationship with my husband gradually soured and in 1996 we divorced. We were running a transport business and my husband was the driver. This meant that he would spend most of his time transporting... [read more]

Southern Africa: A bad attitude is a disability

03 December 14
Regional relevance: Botswana, Southern Africa (SADC)
Gaborone, 3 December: Today we commemorate International Day of Disability, which also falls during the Sixteen Days of Activism campaign against gender violence. It has become more widely known that women with disabilities are the most vulnerable to abuse and sexual violence, facing double the risk of being... [read more]

Botswana: He spent my lobola money on his older brother and then left me

02 December 14
Regional relevance: Botswana
*Trigger warning:Violence* I was 27 years old when I got married to a 30 year old man. When we met, I already had a three year old daughter from a previous relationship. We married in 1995 and my husband promised that he would treat his step-daughter as his own child. I was also pregnant at the time that we got... [read more]

Botswana: My husband would not use condoms and treated our marriage as a business arrangement

01 December 14
Regional relevance: Botswana
*Trigger warning: Violence* I am a 57 year old woman from Serowe. I have seven children, four boys and three girls. In 1994 I got married to a divorcee. This man had children from his first marriage. When we got married I had five children and I then had two with him. [read more]

Botswana: My son and his father abused me

28 November 14
Regional relevance: Botswana
*Trigger warning: gender violence* My name is *Emily and I live in Lobatse. In 1994, at the age of eighteen, I started dating and by nineteen I was pregnant. My boyfriend was unemployed at that time but we loved each other very much. My boyfriend was later employed by the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) and was sent [read more]
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