region: Southern Africa


Botswana is the longest African multi-party democracy. However, although it has ratified CEDAW on 13 August 1996, it has not yet ratified the Maputo Protocol due to concerns about SRHR. Some of the advances with regards to gender equality in the past years are:  2015 National Policy on Gender and Development[i]: Is accompanied by a National Operational Plan,[ii] prioritizes actions to remedy the gaps of women’s participation in political life.[iii]  2016  Establishment of the National Gender Commission: Monitors the implementation of the 2015 National Policy on Gender and Development[iv]  2017 National Development Plan 11[v]: Promotes the elimination of GBV, focus

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