GABORONE, Botswana, March 9, 2021/ — The Grand Palm Hotel Casino and Convention Resort in Gaborone yesterday, Monday (March 8th) celebrated this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) by recognizing and honoring all female frontline workers who continue to brave all odds and sacrifice their lives during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The theme for this year’s IWD is Choose to Challenge.
The event by the luxurious hotel held under the strictest COVID-19 protocols for two (2) hours only, paid tribute to all female frontline workers; amongst them doctors, health-care workers, medical staff members, journalists, air hostesses, till operators, shop attendants, who are leading the battle against COVID-19 from the front.
“Putting their own lives at risk with selfless determination for the sake of saving lives, these are truly our heroes in these challenging times. While they are putting their own health, families, and most importantly their own lives at risk, the least we can do is appreciate their efforts and cooperate by staying safe indoors,” said Neo Nkele, Grand Palm Hotel Marketing and Hospitality Manager.
When welcoming all frontline workers at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC), the hotel’s Regional Manager, Charlene Ludick expressed gratitude to all frontline workers for their relentless commitment in keeping the nation safe during the challenging times of Covid-19.
Furthermore, Ludick highlighted that women face many difficulties and Covid-19 continues to exacerbate these challenges.
“I urge all women to hold each other’s hands in making sure that women embrace all the challenges the face in every discipline, be it frontline workers or otherwise. We are the nation’s builders, therefore heightened women presence needs our commitment to stand tall against all odds,” said Ludick.
For her part, one of the invited frontline workers and editor of The Voice newspaper, Emang Bokhutlo urged Batswana to remain resolute against all odds. Bokhutlo expressed that the media industry particularly in her experience, must focus on the positives amid covid-19 pandemic rather than the negatives.
“It is always going to be difficult as women because of the work load we face from being a mother, leader in the society and now we are facing such an unprecedented pandemic. Women are hard workers and I urge you (women) to take a leading role in whatever vocation you choose to partake in,” said Bokhutlo.
“Women in the media are frontline workers, we are frightened by the pandemic, and as The Voice newspaper we have been preparing for the new normal. Almost 10 years now since we migrated to digital, which was the brainchild of our founding publisher and mother, Beata Kasale. May Her Soul Rest in Peace.”
When paying tribute to the fallen rap artist, Sarona ‘Sasa Klaas’ Motlhagodi, Bokhutlo said she was a phenomenal woman who challenged the status quo in her music career- a fitting woman for this year’s IWD theme. The Grand Palm Hotel Operations Manager, Keletso Bogatsu thanked all the frontline workers for the steady job they have done so far, putting their lives on the line to save lives, which she added has been a true reflection of taking the Covid-19 bull by the horns.
The female frontline workers who graced the inspired event were serenaded by the soothing music of Botswana’s pint-sized artist, Lizibo alongside RSA’s Bekezela as well as poet Gomotsegang Gaofi. The MC for the event was Ratie Kefitlhile.