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Member Organizations

Botswana Federation of Trade Union
Cooperation for Research, Development and Education (CORDE)

Emang Basadi Women's Association

Manual Workers Union
Nurses Association of Botswana

Society of Women against AIDS in Botswana

Lentswe La Basadi Ba Botswana

Women's Finance House Botswana

Botswana Young Women's Christian Association

Women Against Rape (WAR)

Worldview Botswana

Kagisano Society Women's Shelter Project

Women and Law in Southern Africa Research and Educational Trust (WLSA)

Botswana Christian Council

Botswana Federation of Trade Union

Contact information:

Mailing address
Box 440
Gaborone, Botswana
Tel/Fax: (267) 352534

E-mail: bot.ftu@info.bw

BFTU Women's Council

Mission Statement:
To empower women on issues that affect them in and outside the workplace.

Vision:
To educate women on labour movement issues and their rights at the workplace.

To educate women on issues affecting women at the workplace and outside the workplace.

To educate women on gender issues both at work and outside the workplace.

We would like to see women holding higher positions at work and in the executive board of the BFTU.

Areas of concentration:

Women's Poverty and Economic Empowerment
Women's Education and Training

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Cooperation for Research, Development and Education (CORDE)

Mailing address:
Box 1895
Gaborone, Botswana
Tel: (267) 323865
Fax: (267) 323971

E-mail: eds@it.bw

CORDE is a membership organization, which was established in 1986. Its' mission is to build the organization management capacity of members through the provision of training and business advisory services.

Objectives:

  • To provide support and training to enterprises so that they become profitable.
  • To build the institutional capacity of CORDE in order to service its members effectively.
  • To provide management and technical skill training to member enterprises.
  • To provide advisory services in management and organizational development to member enterprises.
  • To facilitate access to financial and other resources for member enterprises. 
  • To advocate the interest of CORDE member enterprises.

Areas of Concentration:

Women's Poverty and Economic Empowerment
Women's Education and Training

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Emang Basadi Women's Association (EB)

Emang Basadi Women's Association
Private Bag 00470
Tel/Fax: (267) 309335
Gaborone, Botswana
E-mail: ebasadi@global.bw

 

Background:
Although Emang Basadi was registered as an Association in 1986, it was actually started a little earlier in 1982. It was established by a group of Batswana who were reacting against the 1982, amendment of the Citizenship Act to be discriminatory against women. The Third World Conference on women which was held in Nairobi, Kenya in 1985 also influenced the formalization of Emang Basadi. The objectives of Emang Basadi are still the same today as they were when it was first established. What has changed is really the strategies towards attaining these objectives.

Objectives:

  • To identify, through consultation and research, the problems related to women in Botswana,
  • To increase awareness among women and the public in general about the specific problems faced by women in all sectors of the Botswana society,
  • To develop action-orientated strategies and mobilize women to take steps that will help to change the social, political, economic and legal position of women in Botswana,
  • To highlight and give concrete recognition to the important role that women play in national development,
  • To work towards greater equality and the removal of all cultural and legal barriers which hinder the advancement of women.

Although initiated by few women, EB has over the years expanded both in membership and in the number of activities it implements in a bid to realize its objectives. Currently, its projects include, the political education project, resource and documentation centre, organizational development and women's economic empowerment project based in Mahalapye. A newly formed project, Legal Aid and Counselling Centre, has been launched in Gaborone. EB also implements other programmes and holds activities in partnership with other organizations. For example, EB belongs to the Network on Violence Against Women.

Areas of Concentration:

Women's Poverty and Economic Empowerment
Women's Power Sharing and Decision Making
Women's Rights and Violence Against Women

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National Amalgamated Local, Central Government and Parastatial Manual Workers Union (NALCGPMWU)

Contact information:

Contact: Mrs. Elsinah Botsalano
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 374
Gaborone, Botswana
Tel: (267) 352790
Fax:(267) 357790

Physical Address:
Plot No. 4946/7
Jawara Road
Extension 15
Village, Botswana

E-mail: nalcgpwu@info.bw

The Vision of the National Amalgamated Local, Central Government and Parastatal Manual Workers Union is to: Create conducive democratic working and living environments, attain secure, sustainable and decently paying jobs for its current membership and succeeding generations of the working peoples of Botswana.  
Function of Organization:
1. To secure the complete organization of all workers employed by the Manual Workers Union and the Industrial Class Workers in Botswana and to promote the industrial, social and intellectual interests of the members.
2. To obtain and maintain for its members just proper rates of pay or remuneration, security of employment and reasonable hours and conditions of work and to provide assistance accordingly.
3. To regulate relations between employer and employees and promote the spirit of solidarity and personhood among members.
4. To pursue the spirit of co-operation among members and other economic ventures.
5. To provide financial assistance to members in times of need,  hospitalization for lengthy periods without pay and towards funeral expenses for deceased members.
6. Establish funds by means of membership fees, monthly contribution levies and by borrowing on such security and terms as may be arranged by the Exe. Committee.
7. To carry out workers education programmes for members and to maintain the democratic principles of trade unionism.

Area of Concentration:

Women's Poverty and Economic Empowerment

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Nurses Association of Botswana (NAB)

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:
The Executive Secretary
P.O. Box 126
Gaborone, Botswana
Tel/Fax: (267) 353840

Physical Address:
Plot 2684
Phiri Cresent
Extension 9, Gaborone

E-mail: nab@global.bw

The Nurses Association of Botswana (NAB), in its pursuit for delivery of quality driven nursing services to its customers, endeavors to advance and maintain professional growth and integrity of its members. 

The aims of the association are to provide the best possible care to  the people of Botswana, to advance the nursing profession and to promote the welfare of nurses by pursuing a number of objectives set out by the association. 

NAB has implemented various projects and has undertaken numerous activities both for nurses and the community.

The NAB has a membership open to nurses who are on the Register of the nursing and Midwifery Council of Botswana. They also have membership for students studying in the field.

For more information please contact the Nurses Association of Botswana.

Area of Concentration:

Women and Health
Women's Education and Training

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Society of Women And AIDS in Botswana (SWAABO)

Contact information:

Mailing address
Private Bag 0042
Gaborone, Botswana
Tel: (267) 3555031
Fax: (267) 585100

E-mail: phaladze@mopipi.ub.bw

The Society for Women and AIDS Botswana was formed in June 1995. It aims at assisting women through assertiveness and safer sex negotiation skills, to prevent HIV infection and attain socio-economic empowerment, which will improve their quality of life.

Objectives:

  • To sensitize, educate, mobilize and raise the level of awareness of all women in Botswana especially in rural areas, in matters concerning HIV/AIDS related problems.
  • To undertake AIDS prevention and control activities that are acceptable to all women in Botswana based on socio-cultural background.
  • To examine, formulate and support AIDS control programmes for women in Botswana especially in the rural areas.
  • To collaborate with national and international organizations in AIDS prevention and control.

Area of concentration:

Women and Health

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Lentswe La Basadi Ba Botswana (LLBB)

Contact information:

Mailing address
Box 1755
Gaborone, Botswana
Tel: (267) 325743
Fax: (267) 325743

E-mail: zoe@it.bw

LLBB was formed in 1999. The organization's main objective is to get women from all social backgrounds both rural and urban to write and change cultural norms, history and values that impact negatively on women. Its mission is to encourage women to advance their socio-economic and political status, enhance gender equality and pursue human rights through writing. LLBB has published a book of stories by women in June 2001.

Objectives

  • Develop progressive, writing and learning material that will help to shape and influence society through educational books.
  • Produce material that will contribute to the fight against HIV/AIDS.
  • Record life skills initiatives by women e.g. entrepreneurship, art work.
  • Through writing, re-visit cultural norms, values and history that impact negatively on women and society.

Area of concentration:

Women's Education and Training

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Women's Finance House

Contact information:

Mailing address
Box 124
Gaborone, Botswana
Tel: (267) 356500
Fax: (267) 304176

E-mail: wfhb@botsnet.bw

Women's Finance House Botswana was established in 1989. It's mission is to develop efficient, cost effective and sustainable micro finance institution, which, provides banking services to poor women in Botswana. It's overall goal is to assist poor women entrepreneurs and in particular those who are not able to access the credit services of local financial institutions.

Objectives:

  • To develop innovate systems by adapting suitable best practice methods to the needs of the poor women in Botswana.
  • To transform the lives and businesses of low-income women entrepreneurs into viable business that makes significant contributions to the national economy.
  • To serve as a bridge that will enable women to become confident, empowered, and active agents of economic change and development.
  • To build capacity of members to equip them with skills to effectively manage the credit program.

Area of Concentration:

Women's Poverty and Economic Empowerment

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Botswana Young Women's Christian Association

Contact information:

Mailing address
Box 359
Gaborone, Botswana
Tel: (267) 353681
Fax: (267) 357783

E-mail: bywca@mega.bw

The YWCA is an association of women and youth of diverse backgrounds, experiences, nationalities, political affiliation and religion. Men can only join as associate members.
The organization was established in 1962. The headquarters of Botswana YWCA is in Gaborone, since its inception the YWCA Council has established more that 90 clubs.
It's mission is to empower women and youth to work towards their physical, mental and spiritual development, provide a forum to share skills and experience that will enable them to fight against poverty, ignorance and disease.

Objectives:

  • To develop programmes and coordinate the work of YWCA throughout Botswana.
  • To address socio-economic and cultural problems of women and youth in particular and the general society.
  • To create awareness and opportunities for women and youth in order for them to participate in issues that affect them.

Areas of Concentration:

Women's Poverty and Economic Empowerment
Women's Education and Training
Women's Rights and Violence Against Women
The Girl Child

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Women Against Rape (WAR)

Women Against Rape is located on the northern side of Botswana in the Ngamiland district in Maun. It is 200 metres from the Maun airport when going south and occupies the old Kagiso mortuary building.

Contact person: Coordinator, Chibuya Ntsimanyana
Tel: (267) 660865/660058

E-mail: war@info.bw

Women Against Rape (WAR) was established in Maun in the early 1990s in response to the escalating incidences of rape and sexual abuse in Botswana and particularly in the Maun Area.

What WAR Does:

  • Provides support, assistance and counselling to survivors of sexual assault.
  • Provides legal support for women and children survivors of abuse.
  • Promotes institutional change to protect women and children against sexual abuse.
  • Campaigns for changes in the law that enables survivors to report the crime and obtain legal justice for their assailant.

Area of Concentration:

Women's Rights and Violence Against Women

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Worldview Botswana

 

Contact information:

Mailing address
Private Bag 366
Gaborone, Botswana
Tel: (267) 584110
Fax: (267) 584112

E-mail: view.bots@info.bw

Worldview was registered as a national trust in 1993. It is affiliated to Worldview International Foundation. Worldview's focus is working with other organizations to improve the effectiveness of development projects through, communication and evaluation. It aims to employ media strategies to provide knowledge and skills to disadvantaged Batswana so as to promote participation in development.

Objectives

  • To improve development through training and use of appropriate communication methods to support and improve development programmes;
  • To support development activities across all sectors through media;
  • To work with local communities to identify their development needs and strengthen their skill and capacity to undertake activities to meet their needs.
  • Educate and facilitate participatory community development to strengthen democratic process by using modern and traditional media.
  • To develop closer links between communication specialists and experienced academics dealing with development and communication for sustainable development.
  • To establish performance and impact indicators to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the various activities and improved on-going and future programmes.
  • To establish an effective communication network among NGOs and other development institutions.

Area of concentration:

Women's Education and Training

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Kagisano Society Women's Shelter

Contact Info:

Mailing address:
Private Bag X046
Gaborone, Botswana
Tel/Fax: (267) 307658

E-mail: kwsp@info.bw

The Women's shelter project is under the umbrella of the Kagisano Society. The Kagisano Society was formed in 1979 to assist refugees from different parts of Africa. In recognition of the magnitude of domestic violence, the Kagisano Society initiated the women's shelter project, which was established in 1998. It's main aim is to assist women and their children who are survivors of domestic violence by providing them with temporary shelter, support and rehabilitation 24 hours a day.

Objectives:

  • To provide a temporary shelter for women and their children who are survivors of domestic violence.
  • To offer women in residence and their children counselling and support services towards a better life.
  • To offer counselling and support services to non-residents of the shelter affected by domestic violence.
  • To raise public awareness about the unacceptability and illegality of violence against women.
  • To network with NGO's, Government and other organizations of civil society currently tackling the issue of domestic violence.

Area of concentration:

Women's Rights and Violence Against Women

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Women and Law in Southern Africa Research and Education Trust (WLSA)

Contact information:

Mailing address
Private Bag UB00708
Gaborone, Botswana
Tel: (267) 323346
Fax: (267) 323346

E-mail: wlsa@info.bw

WLSA provides action oriented research on the legal status of women in seven countries of Southern Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The development objective of WLSA is to improve the legal status of women in Southern Africa. This is done through the following activities:

  • Developing the research skills of women's law researchers in the network countries;
  • Conducting research on gender issues in Southern Africa, particularly those related to legal rights;
  • Providing information on gender and the law and influencing policy and law reform in each country;
  • Networking and exchange information between seven countries;
  • Conducting training and planning seminars on research and producing materials in the seven countries;
  • Exploring and developing new methodologies and new perspectives for the study of gender and the law in the seven countries;
  • Cooperating and liaising with other organizations in each country, in the region, and internationally which are interested in issues relevant to women and law.

Areas of Concentration:

Women's Education and Training
Women's Rights and Violence Against Women

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Botswana Christian Council (BCC)

Contact information:

Mailing address

Tel: (267) 350842
Fax: (267) 312525

E-mail: bots.christ@info.bw

BCC was established in 1966 to take over the operations of small inter church relief programmes which was then called the Northern Bechuanaland Church Council. The council was founded by four churches namely Anglican, London Missionary Society (UCCSA), the Methodist and United Free Church of Scotland. These churches were later joined by the Dutch Reformed Church, the Church of God in Christ, the United Apostolic Healing, the Roman Catholic, the African Methodist Episcopal and the African Missionary Society. Other organizations which form part of the council are the Botswana Bible Society and the Association of Medical Mission for Botswana (AMMB).

Objectives:

  • To bring churches together and involve them actively in development projects e.g.; literacy programmes, income generating projects to alleviate poverty within communities and welfare work.
  • Work with women, the disabled, youth/street children,
  • Be involved in issues if human rights.
  • Respond to emergency situations

Areas of concentration:

Women's Education and Training
Women's Rights and Violence Against Women

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