Botswana is a landlocked and sparsely populated country, bordered by South Africa to the south and south-east, Namibia to the west and north, and Zimbabwe to the north-east. Formerly one of the poorest countries in the world Botswana has since become one of the world's fastest-growing economies. In comparison with its neighbours the country now has a relatively high standard of living and boasts the highest Human Development Index rating in Sub-Saharan Africa. However, life in Botswana is not without its challenges and the country has been among the hardest hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Botswana has the third-highest prevalence rate for HIV/AIDs and many children have been left orphaned by the disease.
Mothers’ Union was first established in Botswana in 1972 and now has more than 1,400 members. The vision of Mothers’ Union in Botswana is to be “A dynamic, vibrant, well-structured Mothers’ Union that is responsive to the needs of its members and the community” and this is something which the members are actively working towards in their outreach projects and programmes including:
Day Care Centre
Orphan care programmes
Street children project
Campaigning against gender-based violence and human trafficking
Visiting the sick
In 2018 Mothers’ Union in Botswana hope to introduce the Church and Community Mobilisation process.
During the 16 Days of Activism hundreds of members of the Mothers’ Union in Grahamstown came together in solidarity to bring attention and awareness the fact that gender based violence will not be tolerated.