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  • EDD participation year: 2017
  • Country: Botswana

Chawapiwa is a lawyer and gender activist who focuses on the economic and political/ leadership empowerment of women. She is project leader for “Putting Women First Trust”, an organisation that organises forums for women on financial literacy, digital marketing, international trade, law and business funding, in order to ensure women entrepreneurs can grow their businesses and the economy. She acts as a mentor to female entrepreneurs by raising awareness of funding opportunities and helping them apply for them. She also volunteers for an organisation called ‘Letsema Resource Support For Women in Politics’ that trains women in politics: the trainings include workshops on foreign and national policies, social media, branding and public speaking skills. Two of the recipients of these trainings have succeeded in securing themselves a seat in the National Parliament. She has used her legal background to offer free legal advice on marriage, property rights and legislation on domestic violence to shelters for abused women.

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