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  • 10 March 2017
    BONELA CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO CONVICT PERPETRATORS OF CHILD ABUSE   Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS, (BONELA) is alarmed by the increased number of child abuse and violence case being...
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  • 2nd March 2017
     BONELA calls on Government to respect Sex Worker Rights                Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS, (BONELA)...
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  • 09 February 2017
    BONELA RESPONDS TO THE 2017 BUDGET SPEECH
    1.The Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA); a human rights organization, dedicated to promoting, protecting and fulfilling the right...
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Press Releases 2017

Press Releases 2017 (4)

Friday, 10 March 2017 13:23

10 March 2017

Written by Administrator

BONELA CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO CONVICT PERPETRATORS OF CHILD ABUSE

 

IMG 1420Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS, (BONELA) is alarmed by the increased number of child abuse and violence case being reported, some of which have led to the loss of lives like the Palapye and Mogoditshane cases.

These incidences clearly go against Section 61 (1) of the Children’s Act which states that “No person shall subject a child to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”. In addition, these cases indicate that the public is not educated on the children’s rights and that the public in general is not taking responsibility to report such cases as prescribed by Section 43 (1) of the Children’s Act 2009 which states that “Where any person has reasonable cause to believe that a child is in need of protection, that person shall immediately make a report to a Social Worker or Police Officer in the district in which the child is resident

Furthermore; BONELA believes that the Botswana Government (through Social Workers, the Police, the Directorate of Public Prosecution and Judges) is not doing enough in instances where these cases are reported because they take long to be prosecuted, creating a barrier to justice as outlined in the Children’s Act of 2009, which was enacted to “provide and protect the physical, emotional, intellectual and social development of children.”

BONELA, therefore challenges the Botswana Government to be responsive on children’s rights issues and convict perpetrators. We are also calling on the general public to be vigilant and responsive on these matters by reporting the incidents to the relevant authorities.

For more information, contact BONELA on:

+267 393 2516 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; the Director on +267 72385054 and follow BONELA on Twitter on @bonelaethics and like our Facebook Page BONELA

 

 

Friday, 03 March 2017 09:15

2nd March 2017

Written by Administrator

 BONELA calls on Government to respect Sex Worker Rights               

IMG 0352Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS, (BONELA) and Sisonke Association Botswana- a sex worker led organisation joins the world over in commemorating the International Sex Workers Rights day.

The International Sex Workers Rights Day is commemorated annually on the 3rd of March to recognise sex workers the world over; to reflect on the rights of sex workers, services, condition of service as well as challenges they face.

This year’s International Women’s day theme - #BeBoldForChange embraces issues of sex workers as women and recognizes the need to be bold to fight for the change we want to see. The theme challenges communities at various levels to stand up for sex worker rights.

BONELA is implementing various projects targeting sex workers. Through this work, BONELA has come to appreciate that violence against sex workers, particularly, sexual violence such as rape and sexual extortion are on the rise thus making them increasingly vulnerable to HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections. Regrettably, such violence is perpetuated by clients as well as the police.

Sex workers face unprecedented stigma and discrimination in their communities. This is fueled by religious dogma, unfavorable legal environment as well as culture. This has greatly limited their ability to seek redress in the face of injustice and discrimination. Recognizing the above challenges BONELA is scaling up access to services for sex workers including HIV and STI testing, HIV treatment and adherence to treatment. In addition BONELA is also providing sex workers with prevention commodities such as HIV and STI education, condoms and lubricants.

In order to create an enabling environment that promotes, protect and fulfils sex worker rights, BONELA calls on government to;

  1. 1.Repel section 155 of the penal code which perpetuates stigma, discrimination and violence against sex workers.

  2. 2.To increase funding for sex work programming

  3. 3.Register Sisonke Association Botswana- a sex worker led organisation in order to aid mobilisation of sex workers with the view to increase uptake of services. Sisonke was denied registration on the basis that the objects of the society contravene section 7(2)) (a) of the Societies Act and that the establishment of an entity like the one Sisonke intends to register is in contradiction with Section 156 of the penal code chapter 08:01 of the Laws of Botswana.

 For more information contact BONELA on:

+267 393 2516 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ;
The Director on +267 72385054 and follow BONELA on Twitter @bonelaethics and like our Facebook Page BONELA

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