Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Margaret Nasha is scheduled to set the scene this week Tuesday, for women of substance renowned for their special contribution to the struggle for gender equality as they bare their all in a debate on gender equality and women empowerment, at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC).
It is expected that both on account of the waves created by the former women MP and Minister’s newly released book for its reportedly anti-Khama lines on one hand, and the featuring of equally eminent personalities like the former Attorney and High Court Judge, Unity Dow and Pro-Beijing gender activist Imelda Molokomme, the occasion will be extra ordinary.
The debate named Eminent Women’s Dialogue follows collaboration between the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Population and Development Coordination Section in the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), aims to stimulate a wide ranging discussion on gender equality and its underlying causes.
“The dialogue is also intended to explore the connection as regards the extent of socio-economic advancement and maternal health and education, as well as participation in the country’s development and human rights profile,” said Moses Keetile, Programme Manager at UNFPA.
As such a deliberate arrangement has been made to assure that participants in the debate will be people who by virtue of their background and experience, especially given the role they played in the development of the country are better placed to offer enriched perspectives.
Special consideration, according to Keetile, was made of mostly those women who advocated for gender equality in Botswana.
Issues slated for discussion range from, Dignity and Human Rights, women’s Health and Gender based Violence to Education and Development and Women empowerment.
More importantly the dialogue is expected to feed into the national propositions for the Post 2015 Development agenda, and anticipated International Conference on Population and Development Beyond 2014.
In recognition of the challenges that work against women achieving their full potential in a range of spheres, the 58th┬áSession of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) held from 10-21 March this year, reaffirmed the international community’s commitment to gender equality and human rights of women and girls.
Dr Maude Dikobe, a senior Lecturer at the University of Botswana and gender activist, is expected to make a presentation on the link between education and gender equality, whilst both the UNFPA Country Representative is set to grace the event.