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WOMEN'S AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT TO CHANGE NAME TO GENDER AFFAIRS
22/02/13
WOMEN'S AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT TO CHANGE NAME TO GENDER AFFAIRS

WOMEN'S AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT TO CHANGE NAME TO GENDER AFFAIRS

The Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs would like to announce that,effective 1st April 2013,the Ministry will change name of the Women's Affairs Department to Gender Affairs Department.This move was prompted with the intention to promote gender inclusion and to ensure consistency with the current national needs and global trends.

BACKGROUND

The Women's Affairs Department was established (22) twenty two years ago in 1987 as a unit within the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs with a mandate to ensure the integration of of women's issues and concerns,which were under represented in the national development process.In 1997 the Women's Affairs function was organised into a fully fledged Department.1998 saw Botswana adopt the National Gender Programme Framework as a national action to demonstrate the relative positioning of women and men in different contexts including economic,socio cultural and decision making.In 1999, there was a comprehensive review of all laws descriminating agaisnt all women paving the way for continuous and systematic amendment of laws and administrative amendment of laws and administrative arrangements for the promotion of  equal rights and treatment of men and women,girls and boys.these changes have had the evident effect of removing a numbar of barriers that impeded women's access to opportunities in many sectors.

These achievements have also led to a paradigm shift from 'Women in Development to Gender and Development,'an approach that recognises that all human targeted initiatives have gender dimensions.Furthermore,the Gender and Development approach recognises that by addressing gender equality as a cross cutting goal requires that the views,interests and needs of women and girls shape the development agenda supports progress towards more equal relations between males and females.  

   

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