Sunday, April 21, 2024

Motshegwa calls for militancy in women emancipation 

The Botswana Land Board & Local Authorities & Health Workers Union (BLLAHWU) secretary general Ketlhalefile Motshegwa has said the emancipation of women is not an act of charity. Speaking at the BLLAHWU Gender Conference held in Palapye, Motshegwa said the liberation of women is a fundamental necessity for the revolution, the guarantee of its continuity and the precondition for its victory. 

“The main objective of the revolution is to destroy the system of exploitation and build a new society which releases the potentialities of human beings, reconciling them with labor and with nature. This is the context within which the question of women’s emancipation arises,” said Motshegwa. 

He said BLLAHWU believes that the role of a union transcend beyond bread and butter issues to include socio-economic issues, that is public policy. Workers are affected by education system, health system, financial system and many other matters in the area of public policy, and therefore they must have interest and role in such matters.

“It is also important to have worker education for working class conciseness to pursue the working class agenda. So this seminal presentation is part of efforts by BLLAHWU to pursue worker education,” he said. 

Motshegwa said they want to see the rise of staunch and militant feminists in BLLAHWU. “That is women in BLLAHWU who rise to fight for women rights, who fight for the rise of women in leadership, who fight for the rise and meaningful role of women in society,” he said.  Motshegwa said this requires a union woman leader who is serious and thoroughly read, with good reputation of activism, who network and dedicated to liberate women, a union woman leader who is an internationalist by appreciating issues and articulating them in that context, and further who appreciate gender struggle in the context of political systems and economic systems.     

“The BLLAHWU Gender Conference is not a moment of fun travel or union tourism, it should be about building and empowering dedicated women leaders to tackle societal issues engulfing women to build an inclusive society where women have a role,” he said. 

He said  the public policy provided a legitimate point of reference for addressing gender inequalities at all levels of government and by all stakeholders. It further provided an avenue for gender mainstreaming across all sectors in order to generate efficient and equitable development outcomes.

Motshegwa said some of the challenges facing women in gender programme public policy context  are Gender inequality, impunity, Inadequate human, technical and financial investments, Weak coordination and monitoring mechanisms at the national level, Insufficient data and research, Limited attention to neglected groups and issues and  Dearth of evaluations and evidence to guide programmes.

“The purpose of this Conference is to stimulate a re-envisioning of gender politics in public policy making by applying a new approach to understanding them. For us to attain this mandate, we need effective leadership in the organisation. We need disciplined, consistent and exemplary leaders of labour movement, leaders who stand for truth, leaders who stand for workers. Let us take the spear to defend the workers course, those who defy the interests of workers must be defied,” said Motshegwa. 


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