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Football Give Violence The RED Card

Gender-Based Violence has increasingly gained attention in our the world and our nation. Though it occurs to both males and females, we see more females subjected to this monster than males. This is mostly because of cultures, traditional beliefs, norms and social institutions, alcohol and substance abuse, poverty, etc. Violence against women is a persistent and universal problem occurring in every culture and social group. Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime – most often by someone she knows, including a member of her own family, an employer or a co-worker.

Gender-Based Violence is a violation of human rights. Over the years GBV has been growing rapidly in our nation. It is with great sadness to see that even though the government and the nation are fighting and standing against GBV, it is still on the rise to a point where Botswana is reported to be the second on the leader board of Gender-Based Violence in the world. A girl child and woman are no longer safe in a place where it should be habitation with peace and harmony.

It seems like there is no place of safety for females because they are abused everywhere (at home, school, work or even when going to the shops). It is sickening to know that even babies and people with disabilities are sexually abused by people who should be their protectors. Girls and women are living in constant fear because abuse is coming from within the home/relationship and outside the home. Some cases are not even reported due to threats and fear. In most cases, the relatives/family members know about the abuse but choose to turn a blind eye.

It is about time traditional beliefs, norms and social institutions, alcohol and substance abuse and issues surrounding poverty are seriously challenged especially when they impose gender roles and instill fear on women and girls. These are leading causes of GBV because perpetrators believe that they own women and that women and girls are their properties and must therefore submit to them and dance to their tunes. Enough is enough, it is about time the tunes start to change.

LET US UNITE AS A NATION AND STAND AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE. LET US FREELY SPEAK AGAINST GBV AND SHAME THE PERPETRATORS.

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BFA President Letshwiti urges regional FAs to become more professional

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) President, MacLean Letshwiti today (Friday) officially closed the 5-day FIFA approved and funded programme dubbed Administration and Management Course for the Gaborone City Regional Football Association, held under the theme ‘Operation Time for Change’ at Tlotlo Conference Centre in Gaborone.
 
A welcome and refreshing undertaking, the programme, which opened on Monday, April 12th – 16th, was intended to achieve a renewal in terms of how football is managed at all levels throughout the country, facilitated by FIFA instructor and consultant, Ashford Mamelodi of Mamelodi Consulting.
 
The objectives of the programme included the empowerment of leaders, both Regional Structures and Clubs, on the management of the game; engaging participants on the importance of Stakeholder management, as well as identifying for further training prospective national course instructors in Administration and Management, with a view that once qualified, they will continue to train up and coming Administrators in the Regions on football administration.

Ashford Mamelodi of Mamelodi Consultancy

 
In his remarks, the BFA President said the programme has seen more than 500 participants across the country benefiting at a cost over P4 million courtesy of football’s world governing body, FIFA.
 
“I am delighted to see that our regions participated in this programme with large numbers, and they have also shown willingness and strong commitment to learn fittingly. For us to run professional leagues, and independent regional associations, we must equip our personnel with the right courses that enable them to be professional and act along the FIFA standards and statutes. The BFA will under my leadership be a frontrunner in improving the standards of football both administratively and in the field,” said Letshwiti.
 
Letshwiti noted that Botswana was one of the first countries to benefit from the FIFA Operation Time for Change project, saying this goes to show the level of commitment the local FA has for the growth of the sport.

Gaborone Regional Football Association Chairperson Tsheko

 
The project, which was facilitated by FIFA instructor and consultant, Ashford Mamelodi of Mamelodi Consulting ranged from governance, technical, sponsorship, fan base management, financial management and competitions amongst others.
 
“There is a lot of hope as the Gaborone region is in the capital city where the headquarters are. I am also happy that the region now has an office, and this is where all the 49 teams in the Gaborone region can go get serviced. After this weeklong engagement, the region has assured me that they will bring about the much-needed change of how they have been running their matters including sub-constitution from the parent constitution to give the chairman powers to run the region professionally. This is the biggest investment the FA has made, and it has to be put into practice. If all the stakeholders can all pull in the same direction, the BFA can be one of the strongest FAs at FIFA level,” said Mamelodi in his closing remarks.
 
For his part, the Gaborone regional FA, Vice Chairperson, Thapelo Mothusi said as the region they are grateful for all the lessons learnt from the Operation Time for Change course. He said all club administrators have been fully equipped with critical lessons to implement at their various clubs.

BFA President Maclean Letshwiti

 
As it was the last day of the course, all participants were tasked with case studies to mimic real football situations, ranging from organizing the play-offs, youth tournaments and event management.
 
Meanwhile, The BFA Technical officer, Tshepo Mphukuthi further assured the delegates that in the upcoming football season, the CAF regulations will be intensified, and teams will have to have coaches with relevant coaching badges to be illegible to coach particularly at CAF competitions.

BFA acting TD Dr Carolin Braun and BFA Chief Protocol Officer Spencer Mmui

 
From Gaborone, the Operation Time for Change programme will head out to the Kgatleng Regional FA, from April 26th – 30th, and call it a wrap in Palapye from 10th – 14th May 2021 with the Central/North Regional FA (Serowe).

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