The Botswana Federation of Trade Unions (BFTU) is deeply saddened and appalled by the tragic incident of gender-based violence (GBV) that unfolded at the Botswana Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Support center Drop-In Center in Gaborone, where a woman receiving client support was stabbed to death by her partner. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of the victim, who have been shattered by this senseless act of violence.

This harrowing incident serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need for collective action to address GBV in Botswana. It is an assault on the very fabric of our society, undermining the principles of compassion, respect, and human dignity that we hold dear. BFTU unequivocally condemns this act of violence, as well as all forms of GBV, and stands in solidarity with the Botswana Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Support Centre in their efforts to prevent such tragedies from occurring.

It is incumbent upon us to intensify our collective efforts to raise awareness, challenge harmful social norms, and implement comprehensive programs aimed at preventing GBV and supporting survivors. BFTU pledges to continue advocating for policies and initiatives that prioritize the safety and well-being of women and girls in Botswana. In memory of the​ victim and in honor of all survivors, we call upon the government, civil society organizations, community leaders, and individuals to join forces in combating GBV. It is only through collective action, education, and empowerment that we can build a society
free from violence, where every individual can live with dignity, security, and equality.

Furthermore, BFTU emphasizes its continued call for the Government of Botswana to prioritize the ratification of International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions and treaties, such as Convention 190, which would assist Botswana in strengthening its legal framework and initiatives to help stop GBV and harassment in our communities and workplaces. By ratifying these conventions, Botswana can demonstrate its commitment to eradicating GBV and ensuring safe and respectful environments for all.

BFTU expresses its deepest sympathies to the family of the victim during this incredibly
difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they navigate the pain and loss
caused by this tragic incident.