Mainstreaming gender in policies in Botswana

Project description

The objective of the project is to review legal frameworks in the country and mainstream gender policies in national policies to comply with ratified international commitments, conventions, agreements and protocols through Conduct baseline study on Gender (including budget analysis) to define appropriate intervention in Botswana.Evaluation of the “pilot” programme on Line Ministry Mainstreaming Focal Persons for Gender, HIV/AIDS and Environment.

Project accomplisment

Through project support, a Baseline Study on Gender in Botswana  has been completed and highlights that there were 85 women for every 100 males in decision making positions within the public sector; It is estimated that women in decision making at local governance level accounted for 20.6% of all councilors nationally in 2012;In 2012, women accounted for just under a third (30.6%) of all decision making positions within the four political parties in Botswana , Botswana National Front (38.9%); followed by Botswana Democratic Party and Botswana Movement for Democracy (33% each), and the Botswana Congress Party (22.9%); Of the 23 cabinet posts, 4 (17.4%) were held by women while there were also 4 women members of parliament in the 62 member parliament (6.5%) in 2012; Women accounted for just over a fifth (21.3%) of decision making positions in the private sector in 2013; Although Botswana continues to make good efforts towards gender equality as evidenced by putting in place structures, systems and mechanism, there are challenges which limit the progression towards gender equality. These include some cultural practices which perpetuates  gender based violence, inadequate representation of women in position of power and decision making, pronounced poverty in the female headed households as compared to male headed household, laws that continue  to favour males  over  females including laws related to inheritance etc.The findings of the study will provide baseline data for the action plan of Gender and Development Policy.A benchmarking visit to Ghana on domestication of CEDAW was conducted by the representatives of the Gender Affairs Department, Attorney General’s Chambers and the Tribal Administration.The gender mainstreaming exercise at the Ministry of Wildlife, Environment and Tourism (MEWT)has been completed.The Gender Affairs Department has produced a Gender Mainstreaming Training Curriculum (10 modules), including the Facilitator’s and Participants’ Guidelines.The curriculum is intended to standardize gender training in Botswana.

Project funding and implementation

The project is funded through cost sharing arrangement  between UNDP Government of Botswana.It is implemented in partnership with Gender Affairs Department and UNFPA.

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