Gender Affairs Department held the 14th National Women’s Exposition this week at BOCCIM fair ground.
The expo was held under the theme “Empowering Women Entrepreneurs: key to sustainable economic development.”
Speaking at the business investment forum for women, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs Kelebogile Kgabi said the expo will help entrepreneurs to improve their business.
She said women entrepreneurs contribute a lot to the development of this country.
“There are programmes like Economic Diversification Drive (EDD) and the Citizen Economic Empowerment (CEE) which can boost women businesses hence contributing to Botswana’s economy development.
75% of women businesses are doing well in the industry and through this expo we can help the 25% that has collapsed.
We know there are challenges in doing business but we should not give up. We must find means of overcoming those obstacles,” said Kgabi.
She said there are some programmes that encourage women to do business in groups but they end up not doing well because of some differences between partners.
Kgabi encouraged women to keep record of their business so that they can see how much they spend and the profit they make.
On issues of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Relation to economic empowerment of women, Gender Affairs Department Deputy Director Thapelo Phuthego said a woman who is economically empowered will not be abused.
She said 67% of women have been abused.
“There is high economic abuse which affect mostly unemployed women.
When you rely on men financially, they can abuse you to the point where you fail to report them.
Use the programmes that help to eradicate poverty so that you can be financially stable,” she told women.