EU AMBASSADOR: Baum

European Union (EU) mission to Botswana and Southern African Development Community (SADC) has funded civil society organisations with P5.1 million for human rights projects.

The beneficiaries Botswana Council of Non governmental Organisations (BOCONGO), Gender Links and Stepping Stones International were funded through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR).

EU Ambassador to Botswana and SADC, Alexander Baum, said in 2016 organisations were called to submit their proposals.

He said they were looking at areas of civil education around the principles of democracy, political processes, child protection and women empowerment.

One of the Beneficiaries, Gomolemo Rasesigo- from Gender Links, said they will use the funds in the project of women in politics.

She said the money came at the right time as next year the country will hold its general elections and that they intend to empower women in their political campaigns.

She said there is very low representation of women in politics especially in parliament.

“We will be engaging with women wings in all political parties as well as voters in order for them to understand the importance of having women in politics. We are also going to be sensitising people on SADC Gender Protocol and work with the government to ensure that the protocol is not just a document that was signed and kept, but something that is going to be used to monitor if we are making any progress as a country on issues of Gender Equality,” said Rasesigo.

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