Dr. Gwen Lesetedi

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    Conference Organizing Committee Member

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    University of Botswana

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Biography: Dr Gwen N. Lesetedi is a staunch gender activist and is currently a senior lecturer in the Sociology Department, University of Botswana. She holds a PhD (Sociology) from University of Cape Town, South Africa; MA (Demography) from Georgetown University, Washington DC., USA; Post-graduate Diploma, Regional Institute of Population Studies, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana; and BA (Sociology and Public Administration) University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia. She started her working career as a demographer in the then Central Statistics Office now Statistics Botswana where she worked for ten years and left to join the University of Botswana in 1994. She has also been a part time research associate with Women and the Law in Southern Africa (WLSA) since 1994 and conducted studies most of which have culminated in co-authored publications on the Family, Domestic Violence and HIV and AIDS. She has conducted extensive research and published on gender and development. Her research interests are in Gender and Development; Urban Development, Poverty and Social Inequalities and HIV/AIDS.

Selected Publications:

  • Pule, P./ Malambe, P./ Sabone, M./ Lesetedi, G. (2020): “Towards early detection and intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): Scientific evidence and life stories of two Botswana parents” in Amanze, J.A. and Nkhoma, J.S. (editors) Disability is not Inability: A quest for inclusion and participation of people with disability in Society”. Mzuni Press: Muzuzu, Malawi

  • Lesetedi, G./ Jankey O. (2019): The Family In Era of the HIV/AIDS Pandemic in Botswana: Advocating for the Integration of Indigenous Knowledge in Intervention Strategies in Lutz R., Ross, R., and Treichel, S. Family Structures in Change – Challenges of Transitional Phenomena. Internationale Sozialarbeit Frankfurt.

  • Lesetedi, G. N. (2018): High Youth Unemployment in Botswana: A Case of Policy Failure or Poor Research? Mosenodi Journal Vol. 21 (1): 127 – 136

  • Lesetedi, G. N. (2018): A Theoretical Perspective on Women and Poverty in Botswana. Journal of International Women’s Studies, 19 (5), 193-208.

  • Lesetedi, G.N. (2013): “Persistence of urban-rural linkages among men and women in Botswana: the case of low income residents in Gaborone” in Botswana Journal of Technology Vol. 20, No. 1

  • Lesetedi, G. N. (2011): “A Sense of Community in an Urban Area: A Southern African Context” In Sociology: Supplement for Southern Africa Cape Town: Pearson Education Cape Town

  • Lesetedi, G. N. (2011): “The Changing Face of Urbanisation in Botswana: The City is for Work, the Village is Home?” In Mpadimeng M.S and Khan. S. (editors). Contemporary Social Issues in Africa: Cases in Gaborone, Kampala and Durban. Pretoria: Africa Institute of South Africa

  • Lesetedi, G. N. (2011): “Rapid Urbanisation in Botswana: A Typical or Unique Case?” Kwaku Osei-Hwedie and Bertha Z. Osei-Hwedie (Eds.). Issues, Challenges and Reflections on Social Development in Southern Africa. Accra: GIMPA

Areas of Expertise:

  • Gender and Development
  • Urban Development
  • Poverty and Social Inequality