African ChangeMakers Initiative.
Botswana Chapter Home: http://africanchangemakers.org/botswana/
President Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Current Events & Activities.
ACi Botswana Chapter commemorate International Albinism Awareness Day, June 13, 2020.
Why should People with Albinism (PWAs) be empowered in leadership space?
My name is Bonolo Molebatsi (Vice President) of African ChangeMakers Initiative Botswana Chapter. And African ChangeMakers Fellow.
Firstly, I will like to wish you all a happy International Albinism Awareness Day. I hope this ﬁnd you all in good health during this diﬃcult time of COVID-19 lockdown. Albinism is deﬁned as an inherited genetic condition that reduces the amount of melanin pigment formed in the skin, hair and or eyes. It occurs in all racial and ethnic groups throughout the world.
People with Albinism (PWAs) have long been stigmatised and marginalised by their communities hence they have never actively participated in leadership, development activities and even government programmes here in Botswana and Africa at large. This is because they are faced with multiple challenges which restrict their daily lives. These challenges include visual impairments and their vulnerable skins, negative attitudes and understanding from their communities.
Video Link: https://youtu.be/vYi6wUsK9ow
Advocacy that ultimately shifts the paradigm comes with being actively involved in leadership, therefore It is important to empower PWAs in the leadership as a positive discrimination empowerment tool, which aims at empowering the PWAs with public speaking, assertiveness, advocacy and lobbying skills. This will empower them to standup for themselves and challenges hiccups that affect them on a daily basis as well as challenge policies that will change course.
Equal treatments and opportunities. PWAs should be treated fairly and equally like any other person. They should enjoy all rights and all the possibilities that lead to a meaningful life like anybody else especially on the professional level (leadership).
In closing, lets remain safe during COVID-19 and follow all guidelines from authorities. Remember to wash your hands regularly, wear masks, sanitize your hands, avoid touching your face and public areas.
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ACi Botswana Chapter celebrate Africa Day May 25, 2020
Botswana Chapter Executives.
Bonolo Belindah Molebatsi
|Wendy Tshiamo Galeboe
Official Name: Republic of Botswana
conventional short form: Botswana
ISO Country Code: bw
Country Calling Code: +267
Capital City: Gaborone (pronounced ha-bo-ro-neh), pop. 213,000
Francistown (101,805 ), Selebi-Phikwe (49,017), Molepolole (47,094), Kanye (36,877), Serowe (33,335), Mahalapye (32,407), Lobatse (32,075), Maun (31,260), Mochudi (30,671).
Type: Republic, parliamentary democracy.
Independence: 30 September 1966 (from UK).
Location: Southern Africa, north of South Africa.
Area: 582,000 km² (224,710 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Desert and savanna, predominantly flat to gently rolling tableland; Kalahari Desert in southwest.
Climate: Mostly subtropical, warm winters and hot summers.
Nationality: Motswana (sing.), Batswana (pl.).
Population: 2.2 million (2016)
GNI per capita PPP: $ 10 866 (year)
Ethnic groups: Tswana (or Setswana) 79%; Kalanga 11%; Kgalagadi, Herero, Bayeyi, Himbukush, Basarwa (“Bushmen”), Khoi (“Hottentots”), whites 10%.
Religions: Christianity 60%, indigenous beliefs 40%.
Languages: English (official), Setswana, Ikalanga.
Natural resources: Diamonds, copper, nickel, salt, soda ash, potash, coal, iron ore, silver.
Agriculture products: Livestock, sorghum, maize, millet, beans, sunflowers, groundnuts.
Industries: Diamonds, copper, nickel, salt, soda ash, potash; livestock processing; textiles.
Exports – commodities: diamonds, copper, nickel, soda ash, meat, textiles
Exports partners: United Kingdom 85.2%, South Africa 17.3%, China 5%, Zimbabwe 4.5% (2013)
Imports partners: United Kingdom 24%, South Africa 23.4%, Namibia 10.9%, Nigeria 10.1%, Israel 5.0%
(2013)(Source: Central Statistics Office CSO Botswana)
Imports – commodities: foodstuffs, machinery, electrical goods, transport equipment, textiles, fuel and petroleum products, wood and paper products, metal and metal products
Currency: Pula (BWP)