Botswana Council of Non Governmental Organisations (BOCONGO) held a SADC gender protocol, national alliance building workshop to review the 2012 barometer last week in Francistown.
Botswana is one of the two countries who have not yet signed the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development.
SADC gender protocol strives to have women and men equal in all spheres.
The alliance promotes and facilitates the creation of gender equity through lobbying and advocacy towards the achievement of 28 targets by 2015.
Speaking at the workshop Chigedze Chinyepi of BOCONGO said they already have a draft of 2013 barometer. She said through this workshop they want other stakeholders’ input.
She said the same meeting will be held in Gaborone so that they can come up with the final barometer.
“There will also be consultation in villages so that we can be on the same page because I was surprised some people did not know that Botswana has not signed the protocol.
By 2015, we want to achieve what is in the protocol and it is by the barometer that we measure our progression,” said Chinyepi.
When assessing progress in Botswana participants said women dominate informal sector and that they contribute to the economy development yet they do not get enough support.
They advocate for gender sensitive trade laws and policies.
They also suggested that Gender Affairs Department should strengthen their economic programmes to support women to venture into non-traditional and economic viable businesses.