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IWG talk session: Makgato takes her stand 

SHARE   |   Monday, 23 October 2017   |   By Ontametse Sugar
IWG talk session: Makgato takes her stand 

The Minister of Health and Wellness Dorcas Makgato – a former sports administrator – says in Botswana nothing stops a girl child from participating in sport as a player or even in its administration. She was speaking at the IWG talk session organized by Tsoseletso Magang where she declared that women should be accountable for their work and work to fulfill their dreams. “In most of these instances women will be talking about positions in sports and leadership, but women are always the ones who give men these positions and then they turn around as if they did not give them those,” she said, adding that one thing that women do is waste time talking about how men are taking their positions without even acting themselves and doing something different. She advised women to do away with lack of self-confidence and believe in themselves. On whether she has felt discriminated as a woman in sport and in general Makgato said that is one thing that she has never felt and that might be because she never looked for that even when she is has a room full of men. “I think of myself as a human being first before anything else and second as a woman and I am one person who wishes the male or female section should be scrapped off from the CVs because I believe that is not important when looking for a job,” she said. Magang got her to talk about buoyant sexism that women faces, the less respect they get, being monitored and judged and that a woman’s success is attributed to something negative while a man’s success is attributed to hard work.  Makgato said whenever she gets anywhere, she does not want to change any rules for her to be comfortable, but makes sure that she blends in and that is something that has worked for her over the years. She agreed that there is room for more to be done for women in sport in order to increase their participation and assessment needs to come up with ways to address those issues. 



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