Country / Region profile of: Botswana

Women in Botswana have gained new ground following the decision of the Botswana Court of Appeals, which gave women the right to inherit land from their parents. Though there have been conflicts in the past between Botswana and neighbouring Namibia, there have been no recent upheavals. Women in Botswana are still combatting traditional laws that favor men both socially and economically. Botswana acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1996. Currently, Botswana is ranked at 46 of the 144 countries in the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). Botswana voted for the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty but has not yet signed or ratified. During the 2017 October Security Council Open Debate, Botswana did not make any specific commitments towards the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and the WPS Agenda holistically. In 2017, $531.2 mln was spent by Botswana on its military; however, they have not developed a National Action Plan on the Implementation of Resolution 1325 (2000). With recent advances in the legal arena, Botswana women are moving toward more security in their home country.

"When you start to practice you realize how just the language of the law is so male, the culture of the law is so male. You're beginning to think, 'I don't think it should be like this, I have a right to be here, I've earned the right to be here and therefore this whole environment should be about me as well." - Unity Dow


$ 531,000,000
Military expenditure
Botswana spends USD$ 531,000,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Feeding the hungry
This amount could buy almost two million kgs of wheat flour.
NAP 1325
Botswana does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments