|Overview : |
According to the Botswana Gender-Based Violence Indicators Study (2012), 67% of women in Botswana have experienced some form of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in their lifetime including intimate partner and non-partner violence. Women and girls continue to experience domestic violence, brutal murder, rape and unwanted sexual remarks and assault in public.
The National legal framework for GBV prevention in Botswana which includes the National Policy on Gender and Development (2016), the Domestic Violence Act (2008), and the National GBV Advocacy Strategy (2016-2020) has attempted to address these challenges through an intensive GBV campaign and targeted programming. National efforts have included community sensitization and mobilization, the development of standard operating procedures and guidelines and technical support for service providers. This response has been implemented in partnership with Civil Society Organizations(CSO) and Development Partners. Despite these efforts, there remain numerous challenges to GBV prevention, such as in adequate protection of GBV survivors, slow prosecution and limited data management on GBV. In order to augment these and to strengthen and accelerate GBV Prevention and response, the Government of Botswana in partnership with the United Nations, signed the United Nations Joint Gender Programme (UNJGP) 2018-2020 on the 11th July 2018.
The UNJGP is anchored on Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development Botswana, the National Development Goals(NDP)11, Vision 2036, and will strive towards the prevention of GBV and SDG 5 on Gender Equality. The main objective of the Programme is to strengthen and accelerate GBV Prevention and response efforts in Botswana.
UNJGP Output 1.1in particular, recognises the importance of advocating for Human Rights and GBV Prevention with Parliament, the Gender Commission and Ntlo ya Dikgosi (Traditional Leaders). Dikgosi have a firm role to play in influencing the development of cultural norms and practices in relation to the empowerment of women. It is against this background that UNDP is supporting the engagement of a Consultant to facilitate a two-day training to build the capacity of Dikgosi on the effective dispensation of justice for GBV cases as per CEDAW norms and standards.
The objectives of the workshop are:
To improve the knowledge and understanding of Dikgosi of national and international practices on GBV:
(i) the quality of the dispensation of justice to victims of GBV in Botswana; and
(ii) community prevention and response to GBV.