Gains, public activism pave way for same-sex in Botswana

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The recent Botswana court victory, which will bring enormous benefits to the LGBT community in Botswana and beyond, would not have been possible without the selfless work of LGBT activists in Botswana.

Their willingness and resilience to publicly press for reform and respect for LGBT people and their rights in an environment that is often hostile or negative toward LGBT issues is particularly courageous. Having unsuccessfully engaged with government on several issues that affect them, these activists used their visibility and influence to eventually take their battle to the courts to assert their rights.

In a ground breaking unanimous decision, on June 11, 2019, the Botswana High Court became the second Court in Africa, after South Africa, to decriminalise same-sex sexual conduct amongst consenting adults.

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Botswana deserves ideal political leaders

This remains to be seen, particularly as opposite unity has been seeing its ups and downs. In 2012, three opposition parties namely the Botswana National Front (BNF), the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD), and the Botswana National Front (BNF) formed a political alliance under the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC). The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) would, after rebuffs, join the coalition in 2017.The promise made by the coalition to its...

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