Botswana women receive international awards

RECOGNISED FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO BOTSWANA: Recipients with the Awards they received at the business luncheon

Batswana women were recently honoured in recognition of the signing cant contributions they have made in their country and communities.

This was an initiative of the Hare Group International (USA), Grand Enforcers (Botswana) and the SADC Gender Unit who hosted a Women’s Business Empowerment Luncheon at Lansmore Hotel, Masa Square.

The recipients were: Ms Leabaneng Masedi (Change Agent), Keabonye Ntsabane (Gender Activist and Community Mobiliser), Boitumelo Leburu (Community Mobiliser), Boitumelo Tumie Mbaakanyi (Young Business Woman), Lotamoreng Ncube (Community Developer) and Human rights activist, Ntombi Setshwaelo.

The objectives of the luncheon were to create an opportunity for the empowerment and enrichment of women in Business in Botswana; share information on Trade Policies in Botswana and discuss possible entry points for Women in Business; and provide a platform for networking for strategic business connections/partnerships among women in business .

The Head of SADC Gender Unit, Magdeline Mathiba- Madibela provided an overview on the situation of Women in Southern Africa and the challenges they continue to face in Business and entrepreneurship.

She re-iterated the need to create platforms for women in business to engage on their issues, concerns and network for strengthened collaboration and support.

Madibela stressed that women in Business had a signifi cant role to play in the economic growth of Botswana.

“Women must therefore be given the space to participate and benefit fully in all trade opportunities in Botswana and beyond.” she told guests.

The Ministry of Trade, and Industry, Trade Advisor, Dr Joe Sentsho shared comprehensive information on Botswana Trade Policies and Programmes available for Botswana that women should take advantage of.

Dr Sentsho urged women to explore very closely the business initiatives that are currently spearheaded by Government and other Government entities.

Other speakers included a renowned Business Women; Cynthia Pulaetsile Rendoh (Botswana), Dr Bertha Coope–Rousseau (Bahamas) and Dr Minnetta Hare (USA) who motivated and empowered women in Business with information, personal experiences and personal development and motivation.

Head of the SADC Gender Unit: Magdeline Mathiba-Madibela

The Women’s Luncheon celebrated the vital role women play in the economic prosperity of their families, communities and our country.

In recognizing women’s crucial role in ending poverty, shaping our societies and making signifi cant changes in people lives and our country’s economy there were recognition awards for the six women which were presented at the business luncheon.

The Women’s Business Empowerment Luncheon is one of the components of the Botswana Trade and Business Development Mission by the Hare Group International taking place in various SADC
Member States including Botswana.

Under the Team Leader, Ms. Hare, the mission will undertake business-to-business matchmaking with local companies, market briefings, and meetings with key government officials.

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