Ministry of Local Government (MLG)
Women Power
12/03/12
International women's day to be celebrated in Serule

Botswana joins the international community in the commemoration of International Women’s Day. The Day is celebrated every year on the 8th of March with much focus on the achievements and empowerment of women.

In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political and social achievements.

In Botswana, evidence of women empowerment can be seen through the many women who currently are in positions of responsibility as board chairpersons, chief executives, directors, permanent secretaries and ministers in government.

The Ministry of Local Government is awash with a substantial number of women who occupy high offices and other areas of responsibility. Be it at headquarters, district and local authorities. Whilst still at Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs, Minister Siele disclosed at last year commemoration that 45% of women hold decision making positions in the country. We hope this figure to increase as Botswana has committed to implementing instruments on gender and de-velopment of women.

YWCA official Ms. Botswelelo John said much is being done in Botswana to empower women and through Women Affairs; government continues to look into areas of empowering women. “This year the commemorations are in Serule to reach more rural women to celebrate with them being a woman” she said.

Let us take this time to celebrate with women on this very eventful day. Achievements by women need to be supported and celebrated so as to inspire others especially young girls.

The first national Women’s Day was observed on 28 February 1909 in the United States following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, and the day is premised on the centuries-old struggle for women to participate in society on an equal footing with their male counterparts.

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