An IOGT Event
CSW61 Side Event: Alcohol Policy A Women’s Rights Issue

Mar 22, 2017

The Permanent Mission of The Republic of Botswana to the United Nations in collaboration with IOGT International cordially invites you to a UN Side Event at the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61).


Response to violence against women and girls through addressing structural and underlying causes

March 22, 2017,

10.00 – 11.15

Conference Room 11, GA Building

UN UN Headquarters, New York


Click here for the registration form.


Women in the 21st century are potentially the biggest drivers of development and global prosperity. But as a group they are also – still – subjected to tremendous inequalities, health threats and poverty. Two epidemics largely make up the burden on women and girls in Botswana: all forms of violence against wo- men (VAW) and HIV/ AIDS. Fueling the two epidemics, harmful use of alcohol adds up to the enormous harm for health of individuals, public health, economy and security of the country.

The purpose of the Side Event is to explore evidence-based solutions to advance Women’s Rights – from grass- roots activism to policy measures addressing all three structural and underlying causes of violence against women and girls.


  1. Opening: H.E. Charles Thembani Ntwaagae, Ambassador and Permaenent Representative of Botswana to the UN
  2. HIV/AIDS, GBV, alcohol – synergies for change: Prof. Monica Swahn, Georgia State University, USA and Makarere University, Uganda
  3. Multisectorial and coordinated approach: Natalia Linou, UNDP, Policy Specialist Gender, Health and HIV
  4. Case study of Botswana – Integrated approach: Ms. Kelebogile Motlhanka, Ministry of Health and Wellness, Mr. Leonard Mutheto, Ministry of Basic Education, and Ms. Bonny K. Segano, Botswana Family Welfare Association (BOFWA)
  5. Panel discussion, Comments and Conclusions: Kristina Sperkova, President, IOGT International