Let's celebrate the French Language and francophonie week!
This is what we have next week as we celebrate the French language and culture starting from Monday 19 - Saturday 24 March 2018.
FRENCH AMBASSADOR CALLS FOR ELIMINATION GBV
The Ambassador of France to Botswana, Mr Pierre Voillery has called for the elimination of all forms of violence aga...inst women and the girl child. Speaking at International Women’s Day commemoration last week at his residence, Mr Voillery said it was disturbing that cases of violence against women and girls continued to increase not only in Botswana but across the globe.
“In France, statistics showed that after October, complaints of sexual abuse or harassment increased by 30 per cent,” he added.
The event, which was a follow-up of last year’s edition, was meant to celebrate and promote women empowerment in Botswana. The event gathered members of local authorities, women from the private sector, representatives of Non-
Governmental Organisations (NGOs) dealing with women’s rights and gender equality as well as representatives of diplomatic missions and international organisations.
Ambassador Voillery recalled the commitment of the French government towards achieving gender equality, as evidenced by the decision by French President, Mr Emmanuel Macron to make gender equality the “great cause of his term.”
“This is why in February France adopted its third international strategy for gender equality for the period 2018-2022 which is based on the five pillars of girls’ education, empowerment of women, free and equal access of women and girls to rights and justice, protection against all forms of violence and strengthening the voice and effective participation of women and girls in public life and promoting the United Nations Peace and Security Agenda,” he said.
He explained that “the strategy commits all France’s external action above and beyond the sole sea area of development, in all its political, economic, soft diplomacy, cultural and educational aspects.”
Mr Voillery commended the government of Botswana for its decision to take under consideration many recommendations that were discussed in January during the universal periodic review at the Human Rights Council of the United Nations in Geneva.
For her part, director of legal and corporate affairs at Orange Botswana, Ms Lepata Mafa explained that women as heads of families had proven to be capable leaders in all sectors.
She said Orange Botswana had taken a deliberate decision to empower women by forming a foundation and developing programmes aimed at empowering them.
She noted that Orange Botswana had set up a learning centre in Ghanzi for women and girls because the company had realised that it was important to invest in the two as a way of empowerment.
She said “culture should never be an excuse that women cannot be empowered,” adding that at Orange they believed that women could achieve their goals if supported.
For her part, Ms Madgeline Madibela from UN Women commended Botswana for having signed some of the instruments that included the SADC protocol on gender and equality and the establishment of the prevention of gender based violence.
However, she said a lot was needed to empower women and fight gender based violence, adding that in December alone last year, they recorded 25 cases of gruesome violence and deaths of women in Botswana.
She complained that voices of women in rural areas were not heard as opposed to those who lived in urban areas, saying something should be done to close up the gap and bring them into the conversation. (BOPA)
Today is the International Women's Day. More than ever, France is committed to fight against gender inequalities, discrimination or violence!
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NEW VENUE OF THE ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE GABORONE - FIRST STONE CEREMONY
The Embassy of France to Botswana and the Alliance Française de Gaborone organized yesterday a first stone ceremony at the site of the future Alliance Française de Gaborone to kick-off the construction works.
The Alliance Française de Gaborone was created in 1980 and has three main missions that are teaching French, increasing awareness of French and francophone cultures, and promoting cultural diversity. ...H.E Mr. Pierre Voillery commended the government of Botswana for generously letting the Alliance Française use this particular plot which used to host one of the very first schools of Gaborone and which is part of the national heritage.
The director of the Alliance Française de Gaborone, Aurélie Gbeffa, told the guests that the future venue will enable the institution to reduce rental costs and provide better services to the learners. She invited people to come back in December next year for the official opening of the new Alliance Française de Gaborone.
Students received yesterday their official certificate of French language (called “DELF”) from The Ambassador of France to Botswana, H.E Mr Pierre Voillery, and the Director of the Alliance Française de Gaborone, Ms Aurélie Gbeffa, during an award ceremony at the Residence of France.
🙌👏 CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THEM!!! 👏🙌
Should you want to learn French in the best environment, do not hesitate to get in touch with the Alliance Française de Gaborone (located opposite UB).
Planning a trip to France? ✈️🇨🇵
Visit the new official website for visa applications : https://france-visas.gouv.fr
For general information and for preparing, submitting and tracking your application, log on to France-visas, the official website for visa application to France....
As a reminder, visa applications submitted in Botswana are processed by the French Consulate General in Johannesburg. You can find all informations you may need on the website of the French Embassy to Botswana.
Learn more about our work at the UN General Assembly
The 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly is in full swing in New York. President Emmanuel Macron, Minister for Europe & Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves... Le Drian, and other members of the French government and representation are attending the high-level UN events.
You can follow the UN General Assembly as it happens with La France à l'ONU – our permanent representation to the United Nations.
Thank you Hon. Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi for your participation and remarks at the Summit on a global pact for the environment.
France stays more than ever committed to the protection of our planet!
STATEMENT BY HIS HONOUR VICE PRESIDENT MOKGWEETSI E.K. MASISI OF THE REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA DURING THE SUMMIT ON GLOBAL PACT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, NEW YORK. (THE ...EVENT WAS CHAIRED BY H.E. PRESIDENT MACRON OF FRANCE]
Your Excellencies, Heads of State and Government,
Ladies and Gentlemen.
1. Let me at the outset, on behalf of His Excellency Lieutenant General Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, who could not join this meeting due to prior commitments, thank the Government of France for convening this very important meeting and for inviting Botswana to be a part of this initiative.
2. As a member of the international community, Botswana applauds France for this exemplary leadership in the field of sustainable development and management of the environment.
3. We have fond memories of your successful hosting of the Climate Change Conference which culminated in the Paris Agreement some two years ago.
4. My delegation therefore welcomes the opportunity provided by this Meeting to make a contribution to the ongoing process aimed at the creation of a Global Pact for the Environment.
5. Botswana welcomes this initiative on the Global Pact for the Environment and assures you of her commitment towards its effective implementation. To this end, we acknowledge with satisfaction, the meeting that was held in Paris, France earlier this year where the preliminary draft of the Global Pact was launched.
6. This initiative comes at a time when the world is faced with a number of challenges that continue to militate against the achievement of sustainable development and the protection of our planet earth.
7. The stark reality is that the world is no longer what it was many years ago. The economic, environmental and social challenges of the 21st century are varied and quite profound, and have significantly altered the global sustainable development order.
8. Economic activity and population growth, particularly in the developing countries, have compounded the already enormous strain placed on the world’s natural resources and ecosystems.
9. More specifically, the impacts of climate change, desertification, loss of biodiversity and growing levels of poverty and inequality are a painful reality of our times.
10. In addition, resource shortages resulting in water, food and energy insecurity pose serious threats to humanity’s well-being.
11. What is morally reprehensible and also politically unacceptable is that these shortages disproportionately affect the poor, who are heavily dependent on natural capital for their livelihood.
12. In view of the above observations, it is essential for dialogue on the Global Pact for the Environment to be guided by principles that include the precautionary principle, inter-generational equity, participation, user pays principle and the human rights principle among others.
13. In this regard, Botswana has inculcated these principles in her major development frameworks and policies, starting with Vision 2036 and our National Development Plans both of which explicitly seek to balance economic and social objectives with environmental sustainability in pursuit of a resilient and sustainable development pathway.
14. In 2015, during the Summit for the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development encapsulating the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, we renewed our political commitment to sustainable development and poverty eradication.
15. We therefore believe that this Global Pact will not take away from these existing outcomes of major meetings, especially the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change; rather it will act as a catalyst for the implementation of these agreements.
16. We believe the Pact provides the framework to stamp out unsustainable patterns of production and consumption and will thus, help in accelerating progress towards the eradication of poverty.
17. Let me conclude by reaffirming Botswana’s commitment to this process and the protection of the environment as well as the effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. I thank you for your attention.