Botswana - UK assistance for women in parliament

UK support for women in parliament in Botswana

The British High Commission will fund nationwide training for women active in politics, as well as those interested in becoming involved. The British High Commissioner to Botswana, Katy Ransome, made the pioneering revelation at a meeting held last week between women in politics and various NGOs.

The workshop was designed to discuss the way forward in regards to increasing female involvement in politics in the build-up to the 2019 general elections. Currently the ratio of women to men in parliament is 1 to 10 – a mismatched divide that Ransome is desperate to alter.

The High Commissioner explained her administration’s partner for the workshop was the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, which will provide the services of a UK-based trainer with vast experience of training women in Africa. According to Ransome, the trainer will travel around the entire country, training female politicians from all of the country’s political parties.

For her part, Parliamentary Caucus on Women Chairperson, Botlogile Tshireletso, thanked the United Kingdom for their continued support, including what she described as ‘the strengthening of democracy’ in Botswana.

Tshireletso urged women to dream big when it comes to politics, saying, ‘We have to believe in ourselves and be confident that we can be great leaders. We need to support and encourage one another. Women do not support each other but put their party’s interests first.’