Botswana CEDAW Shadow Report

Sisonke-Botswana, BONELA

Sisonke-Botswana and Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV and AIDS (BONELA) submitted this shadow report during the 72nd CEDAW Session, which took place February-March 2019. The report elaborates on the situation of cisgender and transgender women who are sex workers in Botswana. The report focuses the criminalisation of sex work; violence, abuse, and failure to act on reports of violence by police; stigma and discrimination faced by sex workers in accessing health services, and lack of free antiretrovirals for migrants.

Contents include:

  • Country context
  • Constitutional human rights protections in Botswana
  • Lack of affordable healthcare and antiretrovirals migrant sex workers
  • Exclusion of sex workers from HIV interventions
  • Violence against sex workers by state and non-state actors
  • Sex worker reflections
  • Recommendations.

You can download this 9-page document above. It is available in English.

Funding from PITCH through the Free Space process supported the development of this Shadow Report and the participation of a country team of sex workers to the 72nd CEDAW session.