June 16 tackles child marriage

Tuduetso Kelapile and UNICEF representative Vidhya Ganesh during a press briefing. PIC: KAGISO ONKATSWITSE
Tuduetso Kelapile and UNICEF representative Vidhya Ganesh during a press briefing. PIC: KAGISO ONKATSWITSE

Though Botswana has low incidents of child marriages the practise is reported to be rampant among the Zezuru, Basarwa, parts of the Kgalagadi communities and in North Western Botswana.

A child protection specialist with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF),  Ben Semommung said this during a media briefing to mark The Day of the African Child yesterday.  The day was commemorated under the theme, ‘25 Years After The Adoption Of The African Children’s Charter: Accelerating Our Collective Efforts To End Child Marriage In Africa’.

However, owing to statistical challenges, he could not provide figures on the extent of the prevalence among these communities. 

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We are 56 years old and what do we have to show for it? Looking at where Botswana started and where it is today, there are a lot of developments, but whether the developments match the number of years we have enjoyed as a country is a topic for another day.The fact that cannot be denied is we have seen major developments, but we are still lacking in several pertinent areas.Our beautiful country imports almost everything. We import fuel, food,...

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