BNF Women’s League proposes 30% quota implementation

BNF 
womens wing 
PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
BNF womens wing PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG

The Botswana National Front (BNF) Women’s League is working out a gender policy in which they want a 30% quota of women in decision-making bodies.

This is part of the party’s central committee (CC) resolution that was taken recently in which they want a special dispensation of at least 30% quota to be put in place to promote women's representation into decision-making bodies, both in the BNF and public institutions. Out of 18 members of the BNF CC, only five of the committee members are women.

In an interview with the party’s publicity secretary Justin Hunyepa this week, he said a gender policy is being worked out by the Women’s League and it will guide everything on gender issues including political participation. The Women’s League will also conduct workshops to conscientise women to ensure that the resolution is implemented.

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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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