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Botswana

Sub-Saharan Africa

Women

Botswana ranks 116 out of 162 countries in the Gender Inequality Index, where a high rank equals high equality. Women should always be considered as a particularly vulnerable group though.

Children

Botswana has a Workplace Index score of 4.1, a Marketplace Index score of 5.3 and a Community and Environment Index score of 4.5 in the Children’s Rights and Business Atlas, where countries receive scores between 0 and 10. A score closer to 0 reflects a need for basic children’s rights due diligence, while a higher score reflects a need for enhanced or heightened due diligence. Children should always be considered as a particularly vulnerable group though. 

Persons with Disabilities

Due to differences in data collection and definitions it is difficult to compare countries on disability prevalence rates. Persons with disabilities should always be considered as a particularly vulnerable group though.

Minorities and Indigenous Peoples

According to the World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples, the main minority groups in Botswana are Kalanga, Bakgalagadi, (Kgalagari), Basarwa, (N/oakhwe, San and Bushman people), Mbanderu (Herero), Wayeyi (Koba, BaYeyi) and Mbukushu (Mpukushu). The last census to give ethnic and linguistic information was during colonial times. The Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has criticized Botswana for failing to provide disaggregated data and for underestimating minority populations. The main languages are Setswana, English and 26 ‘unrecognised’ minority languages. The main religions are traditional beliefs and Christianity. 

Migrant Workers​

According to the ILO Global Estimates on International Migrant Workers, migrant workers as a proportion of all workers is 3 % in the subregion Sub-Saharan Africa.

Persons in Armed Conflict

Botswana ranks 122 out of 179 countries in the Fragile States Index, where a high rank equals high fragility. For monthly crisis updates, check out CrisisWatch