The increasingly liberal Mahalapye East longtime politician and present Minister of Local Government, Botlogile Tshireletso has advocated for more enhanced women rights.
Tshireletso, who has dominated the top of her region’s politics for so long, said in a Women’s Day interview with this publication that while many constitutional changes have been made to take in women’s rights, statuses and societal standing, their marginal representation in the national assembly continues to muffle their opinion in the highly male dominated legislative theatre.
Tshireletso said that rampant pre-natal clinical depression should also be met with abortion since it endangers the life of an expectant woman. She highlighted that when love affairs turn sour and male partners abdicate their responsibility, expectant female partners often break down, slide into anxiety and eventually clinical depression.
She therefore said that there should be targeted provision of women friendly medical facilities where they can seek help and in the instance the situation persists, the termination of a pregnancy can then be recommended since it endangers the life of the expectant mother as well as risks deteriorating their socio-economic standing.
The open-minded chairperson of the Parliamentary caucus on women continued to say that this move can assist tackle the scourge where women abandon fetuses and newly born babies out of desperation, which she says it internationally blemishes the image of the small republic as much as it compromises the lives of expectant mothers through their use of illegal back alley abortion clinics.
She also said that the gender of hermaphrodite or intersexual individuals should be correctly determined in the formative years as it has many a time caused them trouble in the latter years of their lives.
“This is a new Botswana and not the Botswana of old so we should move with the world.” Tshireletso countered before continuing, “It seriously needs our attention”
She said that their sexless status should be out rightly stated in their Identification papers to eliminate a never ending cloud that hangs over their gender as well the trauma and embarrassment that they would endure when they seek services in the government departments. She also continued to say that before societal acceptance there has to be recognition and the institution of government is a perfectly placed institution that can chart such a course for society.
Tshireletso also urged women to take up political careers and ‘swarm’ parliament and council’s as female-centered opinions and ideas do not necessarily resonate with their male counterparts in legislative positions. She also said that the time has come for the Parliament of Botswana to start exploring the idea that it can reserve a section of seats for women as is the case far afield in foreign countries to reduce gender disparity. She also said that the Parliamentary caucus for women which she leads will also actively take up issues such as the criminalisation of ‘marital rape.’
Tshireletso is also known a longtime advocate for the decriminalisation of homosexuality and the practice of safe abortion to stem the runaway maternal deaths which result from unsafe backstreet abortion.
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