DITSHWANELO is delighted to have received a number of international awards for our Human Rights work, recognising the work of the organisation as a whole and the enormous contribution of our Director, Alice Mogwe. A professional lawyer, Ms Mogwe founded DITSHWANELO in 1993, raising the profile of minority groups and human rights issues, giving a voice and some security to persons and groups who could otherwise become victims of circumstance. For sixteen years Ms Mogwe has worked tirelessly to improve human rights in Botswana and across the southern African region.
As the Ambassador of France to Botswana, H.E. Pierre Coulont, said when presenting Ms Mogwe with an award in December 2005, “the award is an honour to the Director and through her, the whole institution.”
Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite, the Republic of France
Awarded to Alice Mogwe and presented to her by the Ambassador of France to Botswana, His Excellency Pierre Coulont, on 8 December 2005. This prestigious honour is bestowed on non-French nationals as a distinguished mark of respect for exceptional achievement. It was awarded to Ms Mogwe as one of the first Motswana women activists, a founding member of Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA) and a pioneer of Botswana’s human rights movement.
Vanguard Women’s Leader of Botswana, US State Department
Awarded to Alice Mogwe by Ambassador Joseph Huggins of the United States of America in March 2005 in recognition of her pioneering work in the field of gender.
Felipa De Souza Award, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (USA based)
Presented to DITSHWANELO in May 2000
Mellemfolkelight Samvirke Award, Danish Volunteer Service – MS
Awarded to DITSHWANELO in 1997.