Botho University Makes It Happen For BU Women in Gaborone & Francistown

It is said that when you empower a woman you empower the whole society. Women play many important roles in society; as mothers, sisters, wives and daughters. This is why Botho University celebrated International Women's Day at both its Gaborone and Francistown campuses.

On March 9th 2015 the Gaborone campus celebrated with a purple themed Monday during which female staff members and students of BU were encouraged to wear anything purple or white to honour the day. The day was also used as an occasion to mark the official use of the BU library lift by the community.

Throughout the day the BU Library hosted a series of special events such as poetry performances on love and women. The BU club 'Girl Power' hosted 'Girls purple shower', a session in which female students participated in a discussion of issues affecting girls and how the library can support them and were pampered with snacks and purple manicure.

There was also a screening of the award winning film 'Yesterday' that follows the plight of a rural woman, played by Lelethi Khumalo of 'Sarafina' fame, who struggles with issues such as an absent husband, HIV/AIDS and raising a school-going girl child.

Meanwhile, the Francistown campus ladies celebrated with a purple-themed Saturday on the 7th of March 2015, dressing in the theme colour of purple.

The event was well-attended by BU female staff members and students in Francistown. The programme included welcoming remarks by Neelo Mhaladi on the International Women's Day theme 'Make it Happen';a keynote speech by Dr. Emma Katengua who encouraged the audience members to strive for success in every area of their lives; and speeches by Ms. Wetsho Mosokwe and Ms. Tefo Komanyane who spoke about women empowerment and gender equality


Activities of the day included a visit to the library stall and live performances of empowering songs and dancing. Women were also afforded the opportunity to share their experiences with one another and their thoughts on how they can achieve success in the world of today as they are the pillars of society.

Botho adopted the International Women's Day 2015 theme 'Make It Happen' along with the theme colour purple. The'Make It Happen' theme encourages effective action for advancing and recognising women while the colourpurple is said to symbolize justice and dignity, two values strongly associated with women's equality.

International Women's Day is celebrated annually on the 8th of March around the world and is seen as an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for gender equality and the development of women. This goes along with Botswana's vision 2016 of having an empowered and compassionate, just and caring nation


The first international women's day was commemorated in the 1900's in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.