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BOTSWANA COUNCIL OF NON-GOVERNMEMNTAL ORGANISATIONS (BOCONGO) UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF DISCRMINATION AGAINST WOMEN (CEDAW) 72 nd SESSION 18 th February – 8 th March 2019 Shadow Report on the Implementation of the CEDAW for Botswana’s fourth Periodic Report
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January 2019
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Contents Executive Summary ..................................................................................................................................... 1 1. Introduction ......................................................................................................................................... 2 2. Response to notable Concluding Observations .................................................................................... 3 2.1 Legal status of the Convention, definition and prohibition of discrimination ................................ 3 2.2 Access to justice and legal complaints mechanisms, including a national human rights institution ............................................................................................................................................................. 4 3. Examination of progress in implementing the CEDAW provisions ....................................................... 5 3.1 Article 1: Discrimination ................................................................................................................. 5 3.2 Article 2: Policy Measures .............................................................................................................. 5 3.3 Article 3: Guarantee of Basic Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and Article 15: Law ...... 7 3.4 Article 4: Special Measures ............................................................................................................ 8 3.5 Article 5: Sex role stereotypes and cultural practices and Article 16: Marriage and Family Life .... 9 3.6 Article 6: Prostitution ................................................................................................................... 11 3.7 Article 7: Political and Public Life and Article 8: Representation .................................................. 11 3.8 Article 9: Nationality .................................................................................................................... 13 3.10 Article 10: Education .................................................................................................................. 13 3.11 Article 11: Employment and Article 13: Economic and social benefits ...................................... 13 3.12 Article 12: Health ....................................................................................................................... 15 3.13 Article 13: Rural women ............................................................................................................ 15 4. Conclusion ......................................................................................................................................... 16
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Executive Summary This shadow reviews the initial, second and third reporting cycle concluding observations of the Committee of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), along with the follow up communication of the Special Rapporteur of CEDAW to the state. Notable issues on the state’s reporting are highlighted in response for deliberation at the 72 nd session of the Committee of CEDAW. The fourth state report on the implementation of CEDAW is comprehensive and commendable in Botswana playing role in international accountability mechanisms. Notwithstanding, significant progress is yet to be realized for ensuring that all women across all demographics and districts can be successful in participation and engagement within their communities and country. The shadow report highlights shortcomings on progress made to ensure that all interests of all women are accommodated in discussions on Botswana’s fourth report. The participation of civil society in is critical to improving CEDAW’s aspirations in Botswana and the international community at large. The shadow report touches of notable recommendations from the previous reporting cycle. In addition, it contributes to the progress made by the state on articles of CEDAW. Women remain subject to inadequate legal protections given the need to ensure specificity on grounds prohibited from discrimination. Similarly, is a need to promote their rights to ensure meaningful participation in cultural, religious and political spaces.
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