Civil Society, Citizenship and Women’s Right in Botswana

  • Onalena Selolwane
Part of the Women’s Studies at York Series book series (WSYS)


In December 1996, Botswana women met from across a broad spectrum of organisational life to deliberate on how they could enhance their share of political space in all areas of public life, particularly the top echelons of power. This conference was an historical event in the annals of Botswana’s postcolonial political life both in terms of the content of deliberations (women’s right to power and how to realise this) and the fact that it was organised outside the context of political party structures (i.e. by a civil society women’s organisation). It was also remarkable in the context of Africa, where governance is usually treated as the exclusive activity of the state, and where the activities of non-state agents and individuals operating outside the echelons of state power are often treated as potential threats to the state.


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