With a population of just over two million people, Botswana is one of the most stable countries in Africa. It is located at the center of Southern Africa. Botswana has a relatively positive record in human rights. It ranks as one of the least corrupt countries in sub-Saharan Africa and has substantial mineral wealth. The country is sparsely populated and safari- based tourism is an important source of income due to Botswana’s large and protected areas of wilderness. However, despite the stability, Botswana has high levels of HIV/AIDS infections as well as high rates of inequality and poverty that are holding the country back.
Key words: Health education, HIV/AIDS infection, empowerment of PwDs
Implementing partner: Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA)
The project is promoting the right to a life free from stigmatization and discrimination for people living with disabilities. Activities include awareness raising and lobbying for legislative changes, as well as facilitating access to health and social services.
The project will facilitate access to social, health, and legal services for persons living with disabilities, and ensure that there are national legal frameworks to promote, protect, and fulfil their rights and provide them with empowerment opportunities.
Key words: Domestic / gender-based violence, HIV/AIDS infection, empowerment of women
Implementing partner: Botswana Gender Based Violence Prevention & Support Centre (BGBVC, formerly Kagisano Society Women’s Shelter)
BGBVC is reaching out to communities to strengthen their response to gender-based violence and harmful practices. The association is also facilitating access to care and services for vulnerable women and children.
The project aims to prevent domestic violence in Botswana, promotes understanding of the phenomenon, and strengthens the referral system for victims of domestic violence. The project also improves the realization of the rights of the victims and increases local communities’ skills and awareness of various practices of identifying, supporting, and protecting the victims of violence and their family members.