25 October, 2018
BOCONGO AND SABF PRESENTS THE FIRST NATIONAL CSR EXPO THE POWER TO DO GOOD! Organizations that practice Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) are taking initiatives t opositively impact the environment, people, and our overall society. CSR can take many forms , from ethical sourcing to a one-for-one business model; it’s about finding a way to give back that aligns with your organisation mission. We invite you to Gaborone, Botswana in October 201 8 to the CSR EXPO to learn why CSR cannot only help you do good for others but also increase overall success for your organisation and brand. Organisations that practice CSR create strong customer relationships and have a purpose that is bigger than themselves .
07 August, 2018
PRESS STATEMENT URGENT ACTION IS NEEDED TO END THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND THE GIRL CHILD GABORONE, 7TH AUGUST 2018 We members of the Inclusive Social Policy Thematic Group of the Botswana Council of Nongovernmental Organizations (BOCONGO) met on, August 7th, 2018 at BOCONGO Offices and amongst many issues discussed is the concern over recent rise in cases of violence against women in Botswana. Cases in point are the recent gruesome killings of the young women in Tlokweng and Maun. We condemn in the strongest of terms these violent atrocities against women, atrocities which put even the girl child at risk. It is disheartening to note that when we are supposed to be celebrating women we are now mourning for our women. Gender based violence is now one of the most rampant violations of human rights in the world, one of the least prosecuted crimes, and one of the greatest threats to lasting peace and development even in modern societies. We need to protect our women and children collectively as Batswana. We call upon all stakeholders, government, law enforcers, parents, community leaders and general populace to act against the increasing cases of violence particularly on women befalling our society. We must all act to prevent gender-based violence by addressing all the root causes of gender inequality and discrimination. Our call is for a long-term, systemic and comprehensive approach that recognizes and protects women’s and children’s full and equal human rights through institutional and legal reform, education, awareness-raising and the full engagement of men and boys as part of the solution. Let us stand together united to protect our women and girls. Lastly, we send our heartfelt condolences to the families of those who have lost their loved ones and may the souls of the deceased rest in eternal peace. For further Questions regarding this press Statement Contact; BOCONGO Communications Office: 3911319
26 April, 2018
PRESS STATEMENT URGENT ACTION IS NEEDED TO END VIOLATION OF WOMENS’ AND GIRLS’ RIGHTS GABORONE, 26th APRIL 2018 As Human Rights defenders, Gender Activists in collaboration with the Gender and Human Rights Thematic Group of the Botswana Council of NGOs (BOCONGO), we are deeply concerned about the escalating, brutal, shocking and very painful incidences of violence against women in Botswana. A few examples reflecting security and safety risks for women and girls, whether in their homes, the streets, school environment or workplace. Brutal murder of a young woman who was coming from work in Mogoditshane; a Pastor's wife, who was attacked in her home in Mochudi; harassment of a young lady at the bus rank; raping and murder of a 9 year old in White City; recent robbery and rape cases in Tlokweng and the very unfortunate occurrence last Sunday morning where a female nurse was battered and raped while on duty at Extension 2 Clinic. Rape is not just one of the most heinous crimes, but it is also one of the most emotionally and politically charged topics of public debate. It also continues to be a contributory factor to gross violation of human rights, especially the rights of women and girls, the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Such act of violence further entrenches gender inequality by limiting the choices of women and girls. We also note from research in Botswana and elsewhere that rape occurrence is under reported. This necessitates continued improvement of reporting procedures and quality of services that are sensitive to the preservation of the human dignity of victims of rape. We are deeply concerned that despite the increase in rape cases in Botswana, implementation of the law against rape is still very weak and impunity for perpetrators continues. There have been media reports in the recent past of people who commit crime while on bail, and such reports include rape cases. We are calling on the government to lead the nation in exercising due diligence towards the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls through: Prevention: Targeting underlying Causes of VAW; transforming Society: Changing Mindsets and Modifying Behaviour; Eliminating Risk Factors; Providing Outreach and Ending Isolation; Broadening the Scope of VAW Programmes; Formulating Comprehensive Laws and Constitutional Guarantees; Collecting Data and Designing Programmes; Incorporating Intersectionality and Providing for At-risk Groups; Maintaining a Sustained Strategy; and robust engagement and collaboration with Gender and Human Rights Organizations to collectively support the implementation of the National GBV Strategy and the Referral System. Protection: Ensuring Availability of and Accessibility to Coordinated Support Services; Ensuring Availability of and Accessibility to Protection Orders; Upholding the Duties of First Responders; Fostering Positive Attitudes and Sensitization through Sustained Training; Implementing a Multi-Sectoral Approach and Coordinating Services. Prosecution: Addressing Victims’/ Survivors’ Needs and Fears; Developing Policies to Reduce Attrition; Providing Positive Early Victim/Survivor Engagement through the Police; Establishing Affirmative Duty to Investigate; Establishing Affirmative Duty to Prosecute; Ensuring Fair Burden of Proof and Evidentiary Standards; Ensuring Sensitivity to Confidentiality and Privacy Issues; Providing Legal Aid and Support; Reducing Delay at Every Level of the Prosecutorial Process; Fostering Confidence in the Police, Prosecutors and Judiciary; Providing Special Prosecutors and Courts; Considering Alternative Dispute Resolution (Mediation/Conciliation); Ensuring that Plural Legal Systems Align with International Human Rights Norms and Standards; and Developing a Multi-sectoral and Multi-agency Approach Punishment of Perpetrators: Holding Perpetrators Accountable: Certainty of Punishment; Ensuring Punishment is Commensurate with Offence; Meeting the Goals of Punishment: Preventing Recidivism, Rehabilitating Perpetrators and Deterring Others; Broadening the Available Punishment Regime beyond Incarceration, where Appropriate; and Ensuring Punishment is Premised on the Principle that VAW is Not Justifiable/Excusable Provision of Redress and Reparation for Victims/Survivors: Adopting a Victim/Survivor-oriented Perspective; Ensuring Proportionality to Gravity of Harm or Loss Suffered; Assuming Responsibility for Recuperating Reparation from Perpetrators; and Working towards Institutional Reform and Transformative Change In conclusion we each have to contend with the question: is this the Botswana we want for Batswana women and girls - for our grandmothers, mothers, aunts, sisters, daughters and granddaughters? The silence from structures that are charged to protect women and girls against harm and danger is deafening. We call on all government agents charged with the responsibility to protect the public against this cruel and life-altering crime; to take required urgent steps to educate the public towards its prevention and mitigation. Lastly, we call on and implore legislators and all who are at the helm of public authority or preside over institutions of influence; to speak out with the authority vested on them by Batswana; to condemn this social ill. We support the urgent call for immediate action from the Ministry of Health and Wellness to ensure that the work place in all Institutions is safe and secure for its workers. We all as a society have a singular and collective responsibility to create equal development opportunities for women and girls by providing necessary assurances of freedom of choice and safety in their private as well as public spheres; in their pursuit of their chosen personal development paths. We owe it to past, present and future generations of Batswana women and girls. For More Questions regarding this Press Statement contact: BOCONGO COMMUNICATIONS: 3911319
BOCONGO in the News
18 August, 2017
Published on Aug 8, 2017 In a light, but serious manner, Alice Mogwe shares her stories of exclusion. Her journey of self-discovery has led to her three keys to self-leadership. These keys help her navigate her way through an often hostile, judgmental world. She lays bare the core of her being through personal accounts of discrimination, racism, sexism and how central the African value concept of botho is to her identity. Ms Alice Mogwe is the Founder Director of Ditshwanelo, the Botswana Centre for Human Rights. Ditswanelo’s objective is the defense of human rights, in all its forms and mainly in Africa: it fights for political freedoms, abolishing the death penalty, minorities, women's rights and children, homosexuals, immigrants and refugees, deportees, of domestic workers. With a legal background, she served as a consultant to several international development agencies including UNICEF and has been active in the field of gender and development for many years. Amongst the foremost civil society leaders in Botswana, she is a recipient of several international awards recognising her work as a woman leader and promoter of human rights. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
12 July, 2017
The Botswana Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (BOCONGO) notes with concern the findings of the Auditor General Report for the year ended March 2016, which point to serious wastage of public funds and failure to account by senior public servants.
12 July, 2017
Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) of northern Botswana are scheduled to assemble in Maun and Selebi Phikwe this winter to review the role of NGOs in Botswana’s development and consider issues to be discussed at the 2nd Annual Stakeholder Forum organized by the NGO Council.
BOCONGO invites you to a panel discussion on "CAPITAL PUNISHMENT " to be held on Thursday 22nd March , 2018 at 5.30pm at Masa Square Hotel in Gaborone ,Botswana.
Funding of Political Parties – Who pays for politics? On the 31 August 2017, Masa Hotel at 1730hrs Botswana Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (BOCONGO) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) invite you to a Panel Discussion on, Funding of Political Parties – Who pays for politics? On the 31 August 2017, Masa Hotel at 1730hrs The aim of this panel discussion is to foster the participation of and dialogue between various stakeholders, including governments, civil society organizations academic communities, so as to create an understanding of who funds political parties In Botswana and who pays for politics. The vast majority of political parties’ funds come from the private sources, and there are no legal requirements for political parties to disclose from where they get that money. This blind spot means that the relationship between money and politics is shrouded in secrecy. Non-transparent political party financing poses a grave threat to democratic development. The public has a right to know who is bankrolling the political parties and candidates that seek their vote, and how the funds are spent. The most questions to be ask but not limited will be: Is there a need to constitutionally recognize the roles and functions of political parties? Should there be public financing for political parties? Do we only need public campaign funding or do we need a comprehensive system of public party funding? How to make the present system of private political finance more transparent? For further information and to confirm you attendance please contact Duduetsang Mothelesi at firstname.lastname@example.org or +267 3911319