oa Botswana Notes & Records - An interview with Unity Dow

Volume 23, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0525-5090



Thirty-two year old Unity Dow (a Motswana lawyer) is questioning the legality of the 1982 and 1984 amendments to the Citizenship Act, calling them unconstitutional on the basis of sex discrimination. Married to an American citizen and living in Gaborone, she and her husband have two children who have been denied citizenship under the current Citizenship Act. Mrs Dow is the first individual in Botswana to initiate a civil case asserting that Parliament has gone beyond its powers and that a certain section of the law is an infringement upon basic human rights. The case was heard on November 1, 1991 in the Lobatse High Court. This interview was conducted before a decision had been announced.

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