The international community has come out strongly against Botswana President, Ian Khama following what is being termed sexist remarks at a Southern African Development Community (SADC) gathering.
Khama pointed out that the only reason South Africa's Deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa would be in attendance was because of the ritual Reed Dance which sees scores of topless women perform a traditional dance.
Khama went on to say he asked South African President, Jacob Zuma if the Zulus had a similar practise to which Zuma replied yes. Khama then said it was no surprise that Zuma had never invited him to such an event, leading to roars of laughter form the audience.
But the comments have been slammed as sexist, misogynistic and promoting the patriarchal culture.
Human Rights lawyer, Uyapo Ndadi from Gaborone in Botswana says Khama shouldn't have made such remarks and finds it surprising that delegates at the gathering found these amusing.
In my mind there is nothing joyful about the statement.— Uyapo Ndadi, Human Rights lawyer
Ndadi adds that the remarks by Khama highlight the many instances where women are perceived as objects to gratify men. According to Ndadi, Khama is yet to apologise nor provide an explanation for his offensive utterances.
It's unlike him to give any apology or explanation.— Uyapo Ndadi, Human Rights lawyer
We should be showing women that they are as equal as men and that they are not objects for men.— Uyapo Ndadi, Human Rights lawyer
Ndadi goes on to say that he is engaging the media and various other stakeholders in attempt to get the president of Botswana to apologise.
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