Women representation: A serious democratic deficit

Empowerment: Masisi hinted that under representation of women in the political landscape is a national problem 
PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Empowerment: Masisi hinted that under representation of women in the political landscape is a national problem PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

While President Mokgweetsi Masisi has been playing a decisive role in accelerating progress towards gender parity by appointing women in key government positions, the same cannot be said about the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), writes Mmegi Staffer MOMPATI TLHANKANE

TSABONG: Results of the just ended elective congress in Tsabong show that the under-representation of women in the BDP central committee (CC) constitutes a serious democratic deficit, something Masisi himself admitted.

The winning lobby led by Vice President Slumber Tsogwane did not have any women candidates. On the contrary, the rival lobby led by former Cabinet minister Nonofo Molefhi had two women in key positions but they ended up losing dismally.

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