A feminist scholar and Chairperson of Putting Women First Trust, Elsie Alexander, has said the visit by the United States First lady Michelle Obama to Botswana will place a much higher profile on government’s agenda on children, youth and issues surrounding their development.
Obama’s visit to Botswana forms a part of her trip to southern Africa.
“We have hopes that her visit will improve and bring to a higher level our government’s perspective on children’s current health and education issues. We are at the moment liaising with other organisations, such as Women Affairs Department, to find out what we can do to make the First Lady’s visit a fruitful one for the youth,” Alexander said. ┬á┬á┬á
┬áIn an overview of the trust, Alexander said youth participation and priority in business, economic growth and diversification can contribute to the government’s goal of poverty eradication.
Putting Women First Trust (PWFT) was established in 2009 as a platform for lobbying and advocating for the participation of women in the broader economic space. It’s a vehicle for assisting in creating a conducive environment for women to move from the fringes of the economy and becoming part of the mainstream economic development.
Statistics speak volumes about the fact that women-owned businesses are for the most part in the informal and small business sector. PWFT is of the view that the status quo must change and women must also have access to opportunities, which will elevate them from the micro to the macro level of the economy.