Botswana edition of the Jerusalema Dance Challenge by female Attorneys of the High Court of Botswana went the extra mile of contributing and raising funds for Kagisano Women’s Shelter as their demonstration against Gender Based Violence. This is remarkable.
The Jerusalema Dance Challenge has been trending across the continent with many professionals participating.
Shathani Somolekae in a chat told Courtroom Mail how the wonderful show was put together.
“The Jerusalema Dance Challenge is currently trending. I was surfing Instagram recently and came across a women in law spin on the challenge on the shelegal.co instagram page.I then immediately tagged my female colleagues on Instagram and asked if they were interested in female attorney rendition of the challenge in Botswana.They obliged!”
Shathani informed Courtroom Mail that they formed a group on Instagram and WhatsApp and started inviting female colleagues in private practice and the corporate sector. They subsequently began to assign duties. Some were responsible for getting permission from the High Court Registrar, others had the task of identifying a videographer, choreography and so on. They also agreed on the date and time. During the planning, one of the attorneys came up with the brilliant idea that it should not solely be about participating in a dance challenge but that it should be used as an opportunity to speak out against gender based violence which is a topical issue in Botswana at the moment.
The President of Botswana, His Excellency Mokgweetsi Masisi on 18 September 2020 addressed the nation on Gender Based Violence urging everyone to join the fight against GBV.
With that in mind the female lawyers resolved to contribute and raise funds to donate to Kagiso Women’s Shelter – a shelter whose mandate is to assist victims of gender based violence
Coincidentally,the video was shot on the 30th of September being Botswana’s Independence Day.
Shathani said that the group is overwhelmed and humbled by the support and encouragement from the people of Botswana.
“Some of our colleagues have even offered to give free legal advise in respect of gender based violence cases. Our male colleagues have also been supportive with some making monetary contributions as well”
“We are proud to be a part of the fight against gender based violence.
“We have also resolved to keep the group intact and will be coming up with further initiatives. The people of Botswana can expect a lot more from us in that regard” She told Courtroom Mail.