Botswana

Protesters from Survival for Tribal Peoples, a UK-based NGO Wednesday started an evening picket opposite the Botswana mission in London to protest the treatment of Basarwa. In an telephone interview with Mmegi from London, Fiona Watson of Survival said her organisation was mounting pressure on the government of Botswana to respond to their questions on the plight of Kwe Basarwa in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

Botswana, the country counting the largest rate HIV/AIDS in the world, hopes to have in place by the end of the year a programme of free supply of anti-retroviral drugs to patients, indicated president Festus Mogae.

The race for the leadership of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Women's Wing has gathered momentum as the elections' date draws near. BDP women are scheduled to elect their leaders in Shoshong this weekend at the end of their national congress.

In the second installment of a four-part series on AIDS in Africa, "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" reporter Elizabeth Farnsworth examines the AIDS crisis in Botswana, where nearly 36% of sexually active adults are HIV-positive and some estimate that the country's overall life expectancy has been reduced by 20 to 40 years.

Women in politics in Botswana are unhappy with the way the media in this country covers them. They say they have experienced that their issues do not always receive supportive and positive coverage.

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