Botswana committed to process aimed at women’s empowerment

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The government of Botswana is committed to the process particularly aimed at promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in the African continent, Botswana’s nationality, immigration and gender affairs minister said on Monday.

Anna Mokgethi was addressing a validation workshop of African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) study on governance, gender and peace building – strengthening the nexus in Gaborone, Botswana’s capital city.

The APRM is a mutually agreed instrument voluntarily acceded to by the African Union (AU) member states as an African self-monitoring mechanism adopted by African Heads of state and Government as a systematic peer learning and self-assessment mechanism, according to its website.

Through APRM, African countries envisage the process of adopting gender budgeting which should provide a holistic approach to address challenges emanating from conflict including prevention in non-conflict situations.

Mokgethi called for adopting an integrated approach which is multi-spectral to effectively manage conflict.

According to Mokgethi, the active engagement of women in preventing and resolving conflicts in Africa as well as formulating durable solutions for women refugees, internally displaced persons and returnees will yield the peace that the whole continent requires.

“It is said to note that women and children remain the majority of victims of armed conflict, refugees and internally displaced persons, as they are easy target of combatants,” said Mokgethi.

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