Pastor implores women to be independent.
Women have been urged to develop methodologies that could be applied to allow them to be independent.
Pastor Kebope Kedireng of Pentecostal Protestant Church in Letlhakane said on March 29 during commemoration of International Women's Day by Botswana Council of Women.
She implored women to stand on their feet and venture into businesses to support their families.
Women, she said, could save the nation by taking a robust stand in fending for their families.
Pastor Kedireng cited that women should not buy all the products they use in the kitchen from the shop, encouraging them to have a vegetable garden in their backyards.
She challenged women to penetrate the job market and assume leadership roles.
The numbers of women in leadership, she said, were not yet satisfactory, stating that women were multi-talented, appreciating those who had already assumed roles in chieftaincy, politics and pastorship.
For his part, Supt Michael Maphephu, Letlhakane Police Station commander and also chairperson of Boteti Men's Sector cautioned women against cohabiting.
Supt Maphephu also He stated that gender-based violence was prevalent in Letlhakane, adding that there were 23 rape cases in Letlhakane from January to date.
He stated that 95 per cent of perpetrators of rape cases in Boteti had been arrested because they attacked people they knew.
Kgosi Barontshi Kegapetswe of Letlhakane said customary courts had a large number of marriage problems.
Kgosi Kegapetswe said some of the cases they dealt with were cases of male partners failing to pay rental fee for their female partners.
Such cases, he said, were common among unmarried couples, noting that they usually emerged when another partner discovered a case of infidelity.