Under the Constitution of Botswana, women and men have the same civil rights and legal status, but under customary law, which is based on tribal practice, a number of traditional laws restrict women’s property rights and economic opportunities. Traditional laws are particularly enforced in rural areas.
Women who are victims of rape in Botswana are often reluctant to report incidents or to press charges. Marital rape is not criminalised in Botswana, and while domestic violence is prohibited, it remains a serious and widespread problem. Similarly, sexual harassment is prohibited in private and public, but remains an extensive problem, particularly by men in positions of authority, including teachers and those in public office.
Sisters For Change launched activities in Botswana in 2018.