The International Women’s Day will this year be celebrated under the theme “Be Bold for Change”, which basically means women should be courageous and confident to take risks and show their commitment to be recognised in order for equality.
This day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the world.
The local International Women’s Group (IWG) will be hosting an event on March 8 at the National Stadium to commemorate the day focusing on sportswomen and overall women who contributed and at all levels. The the event is open for everyone.
IWG secretary general Game Mothibi says they encourage women to be bold and work towards the change they envisage. She says there is a need to celebrate women as leaders and do away with the notion that sport is mainly reserved for men.
“We now have Dorcas Makgatho, Tsosoletso Magang and Tebogo Lebotse-Sebogo who have shown that women can make it in sport at the highest level.
“We are in partnership with The Association For International Sport for All (TAFISA), Botswana National Sport Commission and Ministry of Health and also have support from many organisations who will have stalls and presentations during the day.
Mothibi said athletes such as Amantle Montsho needed to be celebrated as she opened doors and encouraged women in sport.
“Being the first Motswana lady to bring gold medal taught us that there were more benefits in sports beyond physical activity,” she explained.