Cde Ratanang Baleseng
Vice President Gender & Human Rights
Whereas recognition of the inherent diversity of its membership and equal access to human rights and opportunities of its members, Botswana Teachers Union Gender and Human Rights therefore, proclaims this gender policy which shall be the standard guiding tool to address issues pertaining to Gender and Human Rights. The policy will enable the Union to align itself with local, regional and international Protocols in addressing Gender and Human Rights issues. It provides a framework for inclusion of all sectors of people in the Union activities and benefits.
Botswana has outlawed discrimination of both men and women. The country is making an effort for the promotion of positive aspects of culture and that has proved to be the most influential factor in gender discrimination. However there are some gaps, hindrances and challenges in achieving gender parity nationally.
Botswana Teachers Union is not spared from these challenges. Though the union has made progress in terms of women representation at Regional structure level, gender inequalities still exist. There is hardly any gender balance in Botswana Teachers Union National Executive Committee. The patriarchal society we live in expect women to do both social and economic roles which hinder them from participating in union activities. The socialisation process is still igniting the mantra of male hegemony which we need to reverse because the society has advanced to a level where such stereotypes are a historical past. BTU GHR has adopted the Sustainable Development Goals and Education International Gender Equality Action Plan as a blue-print to guide the union in its pursuance to address the gender question.
GENDER AND HUMAN RIGHTS CONSTITUTIONAL OBJECTIVES
- Initiate projects and programmes which enhance women should be removed educators’ economic, social and professional status.
- Co-ordinate and communicate the needs and interests of women members in the Union and professional status.
- Initiate, implement, monitor and evaluate and report on programs for the advancement of women teachers.
- Promote general ideas on gender equity and equality, human rights and produce advocacy information for the union.
- Be responsible for the collection and distribution of information pertaining to gender and human rights issues.
- Organize programs and activities aimed at promoting gender and human rights awareness in the union.
- Promote co-operation and solidarity with other national and international organizations involved in gender and human rights issues.
- Perform such duties as the National Executive or National Governing Council may impose.