International Women’s Day 2019: Think equal, build smart, innovate for change


The theme for International Women’s Day 2019, which will took place on Friday 8th March, was “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”. The theme focused on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure. In that breath we selected two women that have a strong and deep heritage of being pioneers and champions in their different career paths.

Dr. Gaositwe Keagakwa Tibe Chiepe is a former Botswana politician and diplomat with the Botswana Democratic Party. Chiepe was the first female cabinet member in Botswana (1974) having become a Specially-Elected Member of Parliament. She was popularly elected to parliament from the Serowe South constituency in the Central District of Botswana in a by-election in 1977. She was appointed to the post of high commissioner to United Kingdom and Nigeria and ambassador in various other places.

Ms. Linah Kelebogile Mohohlo is a Botswana banker. She was the Governor of the Bank of Botswana from 1999 to 2016, and is a member of the Commission for Africa Mohohlo is also a member of the Africa Progress Panel (APP), a group of ten distinguished individuals who advocate at the highest levels for equitable and sustainable development in Africa. As a Panel Member she facilitates coalition building to leverage and broker knowledge, and convenes decision-makers to influence policy for lasting change in Africa.

In conclusion we celebrated these women as a guiding light to the next generation that anything is possible with dedication and a relentless pursuit for success.