Locating and Uplifting Women's Voices

In light of the election season in Botswana, as well as current political dialogue centered around unemployment and unemployed youth, living wage has been centered on party politic agenda. Considering the current discourse in various spaces in the country, Botswana Center of Public integrity collaboratively with FES Botswana held a space to dialogue on the placement of women within these conversations, primarily to unpack the meaning of living wage vs. minimum wage and what future action can be brought forward through the invited participants.
The aim of the dialogue was to provide a feminist lens on the living wage vs minimum wage conversation, expanding the discourse post elections. By centering the experiences and needs of women within the broader conversation about minimum wage versus living wage, we can develop an accurate picture of the ways in which social, economic and political inequity interplay to perpetuate the economic status of women.


  1. To apply an intersectional feminist lens to the analysis and strategies development on the issue of the minimum versus living wage, centering the experiences and needs of women who are most economically marginalized within the economic sector
  2. To generate a body of knowledge and/or develop a research agenda on women’s economic liberation in Botswana, pivoting on the unique role of trade unions in advancing a feminist approach to women’s equal economic participation and inclusion


  1. The intended participants of these events were representatives from various organizations such as Emang Basadi, Putting Women First Trust, Democracy Works, Botswana Federation of Trade Unions (BFTU), the Department of Gender Affairs and the Botswana Council of Non-Government Organizations (BOCONGO) and representatives of gender studies and economics from academia.
  2. In the seminar, the above mentioned were represented apart from Emang Basadi and the Dept. of gender affairs.
  3. The Radio boardroom conversation saw 4 panelists, including representatives from the BAISAGO University University of Botswana and BCPI

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