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Botswana Sets Up Gender Violence Courts To Tackle Pandemic Backlog

Botswana Sets Up Gender Violence Courts To Tackle Pandemic Backlog

Botswana will launch 25 gender violence courts this week following a rise in cases during the coronavirus pandemic – a measure women’s campaigners hope will bring swifter justice to victims of sexual and domestic abuse. The government of the southern African country moved to establish the courts after women’s rights advocates warned that lockdown curbs […]

Botswana Cabinet To Intensify Fight Against GBV

Botswana Cabinet To Intensify Fight Against GBV

President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi says given the high levels of victimization and infliction of pain, suffering and abuse, Botswana needed more than 16 days of activism against gender-based violence (GBV). Marking the beginning of 16 days of activism against GBV at Boipuso Hall in Gaborone yesterday, President Masisi said there was need for cabinet to […]

Violent Sexual Offenders To Face Stiffer Punishment

Violent Sexual Offenders To Face Stiffer Punishment

Violent sexual offenders will face more time behind bars once the Sexual Offenders Bill becomes law, says Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Dr Lemogang Kwape. He was responding to Letlhakane East residents’ complaints that even though they lived in fear due to escalating sexual crime incidents, offenders always got lenient sentences. Dr Kwape, […]

Name, Shame Law Imminent In Botswana

Name, Shame Law Imminent In Botswana

Government will prioritise the Sexual Offenders Bill in efforts to table it in the November Parliament sitting. Addressing the nation on gender-based violence (GBV) issues Friday, President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi said the bill proposed stiffer penalties and establishment of a sex offenders’ registry for recording and publicising names as well as particulars of all persons […]

There Is A Need For Special Courts For GBV Cases In Botswana – Legislator Boko

There Is A Need For Special Courts For GBV Cases In Botswana – Legislator Boko

 Mahalapye East legislator Mr Yandani Boko has called for the establishment of special courts to deal with cases related to Gender-Based Violence (GBV). Contributing to the ongoing debate on the approval of the mid-term review of the NDP11, Mr Boko said those who were experiencing gender violence were deprived of a dignified life. He said […]

U.N. To Train Botswana Traditional Leaders To Fight Gender-Based Abuse

U.N. To Train Botswana Traditional Leaders To Fight Gender-Based Abuse

Dozens of traditional leaders in Botswana will take part in a U.N. training programme that aims to help them tackle high rates of gender-based violence in the country, officials and leaders said on Friday. Nearly 70% of women in the southern African nation have experienced physical or sexual abuse – more than double the global average, according […]

Rape Survivor Fights Sexual Violence With Awareness Campaign

Rape Survivor Fights Sexual Violence With Awareness Campaign

A Botswana singer and activist who was raped three years ago launched a campaign on Friday to fight high rates of sexual violence in the country, saying the rape of her younger sister last month had spurred her to act. Refilwe Mooki, 23, who still suffers post-traumatic stress as a result of her attack, said […]

Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Donates P2m To COVID-19 Relief Fund

Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Donates P2m To COVID-19 Relief Fund

 In support of government’s efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) Limited has donated P2 million to the COVID-19 Relief Fund. A press release from BTC managing director, Mr Anthony Masunga says, ‘The COVID-19 pandemic is new territory for all of us. We are navigating this together, summoning all the information we […]

Botswana Disclaims Corona Virus News

Botswana Disclaims Corona Virus News

The Ministry notes with concern the misleading information circulating on social media particularly Facebook and WhatsApp, about Coronavirus situation in the country. Contrary to circulating information, Botswana as a country has NOT reported any confirmed cases of coronavirus. The country has rather acknowledged five SUSPECTED cases of Coronavirus. Social media users are therefore sensitised to […]

Botswana To Set Election Petition Appeals

Botswana To Set Election Petition Appeals

Justice Singh Walia of the Court of Appeal yesterday set January 29 as the date for hearing the consolidated election petition appeals. Delivering the ruling, Judge Walia noted that the appeals followed the dismissal of election results petitions by Gaborone and Francistown high courts in December as they were viewed to be lacking some essential […]

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