Women and Sport Botswana (WASBO) Becomes the 462nd Signatory of The Brighton Plus Helsinki Declaration
START DATE: 07 November, 2016
END DATE: 07 November, 2016
Women and Sport Botswana (WASBO) on the 7th of November 2016 signed the Brighton Plus Helsinki Declaration to become the 462nd signatory. WASBO signed at a press conference that was called to brief media on the progress that has been made and also engage with other stakeholders. The WASBO Chairperson, Ms. Grace Muzila upon signing indicated that they should have been one of the first the declaration when IWG arrived in the country. She highlighted that work on the ground has been ongoing towards empowering women and girls in sport.
The IWG Co-chairperson, Ms. Ruth Maphorisa, who signed on behalf of IWG expressed joy at WASBO signing indicating that this meant they would ensure that the environment was conducive and safe for girls in sport and physical activity. That parents should feel comfortable sending their kids to play sport without fear of sexual harassment. The BNSC Chairperson, Mr. Solly Reikeletseng in giving his remarks highlighted that IWG being here calls for policies to be audited. Particularly looking at the concerns of rising sexual harassment in sport. WASBO Secretary General Ms. Tebogo Kesupile shared activities of the organisation and highlighted that they have been working with IWG to ensure there is a legacy that WASBO can embark on post IWG. She indicated that they are currently doing a study on the status of women and sport in Botswana.
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