Leadership Changes for the National Association of Women Judges and Magistrates of Botswana

The National Association of Women Judges and Magistrates of Botswana (NAWABO) met on January 21st, 2017 for its Annual General Meeting. The meeting presented the opportunity to elect new leaders and rebreand the NAWABO. Building off the years of incredible work and impact achieved, the association changed its name to the Botswana Chapter of International Association of Women Judges.

Elections for new officers marked significant shift in leadership. Many of the outgoing officers had been at the helm of steering the Association for a good number of years and instrumental in creating greater local, regional, and international visibility for women judges and magistrates. The newly elected officers are Chairperson H. Nuru, Vice-chairperson Phandliwe Thaka, Secretary Nthabiseng Merafe-Tladi, Vice-secretary Sampa Boitumelo Kaisara, Treasurer Batho Kgerethwa, and two additional members, Basetsana Keakantse and Motlhalefi Baipaakanyi. A training committee comprised of two members, Judge Annah Mathiba and Deputy Registrar Segomotso Mothotho-Mbole, was also formed. It will be responsible for coordinating the trainings, activities, and events of the Association.

As the Association embraces this transition, the new officers hope to carry on the legacy of activities and relationships established with other stakeholders and counterparts both locally and internationally.