Updated: February 25, 2021
Botswana’s political elite is dominated by men, most of them in their late 50s and 60s. Rarely do women rise to top positions in government.
But Bogolo Kenewendo is an exception. She’s 30 years old, female and the Minister of Trade and Industry in Botswana.
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She’s one of only a few women in Botswana’s parliament and the youngest.
In an interview with the BBC, she says she has to work harder than her male counterparts, perhaps because many men and women expect her to fail.
Kenewendo argues that because she’s young, she relates better with the vast majority of the population. For instance, she’s on Twitter where many young people are and responds to their questions.
Many of her older colleagues are not on Twitter or the social media in general and when they are, their accounts are being managed by aides.