Landmark ruling for Botswana transgender woman


A transgender woman in Botswana has won a landmark case in the southern African country, when a court granted her the right to be recognised as a female.

According to a report by Reuters, Tshepo Ricki Kgositau sued the Botswana government for refusing to change the gender on her identity document from male to female.

Kgositau argued that she had identified as female from an early age and that the different gender on her identity document was causing her emotional distress. She added that the government's refusal to implement the change increased her vulnerability to abuse and violence.

Kgositau's argument paid off with the court ruling in her favour. The government was given seven days in which to implement the change to her identity document.

The ruling shows that on the judiciary side of things, attitudes towards the LGBT community in the country appears to be changing.

A judge overturned a government ban on a gay rights lobbying group in 2014, ruling that the government allow lesbians, gay and bisexual people in the country to register and campaign for changes to the law.

The ruling made clear, however, that according to the law, engaging in homosexual acts was still against the law.