A Reflection on the Nation in A State of Emergency – An observer’s perspective

Botswana registered its first positive COVID-19 cases in March 2020, all of which had been imported. Almost immediately thereafter, a State of Emergency was declared on March 30, 2020 in accordance with section 17 of the Constitution.

By end of April 2020, the numbers had risen to 22 with one fatality and two local transmissions, the rest being imported. This prompted government to put measures in place to contain the virus.

These measures, the SoE and nationwide lockdown came into effect in response to the increasing cases. Upon the introduction of the responses to the pandemic, it immediately became apparent that there would be need for support to human rights defenders in the country, as well as the protection of vulnerable groups in the country, in the context of the pandemic and beyond. This inevitably saw an emergence of a new cohort of vulnerable people and communities in the country. Along with this was an added layer of vulnerability for those populations already experiencing vulnerability in the country.

Editor's Comment
Women in Politics caucus NGO, a welcome development

In the 2014 General Election, women who stood for parliamentary elections were a mere 17 out of a total of 192 aspirants, and sadly the number dropped to 11 out of 210 parliamentary aspirants in the 2019 General Election. Hopefully, registration of the Women in Politics Caucus will give women the necessary support to join politics. While things were slowly improving, women for a long time were at the receiving end as compared to their male...

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