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Tshegofatso Phatshwane

Botswana & University of the Witwatersrand, 2022

Tshegofatso Realeboga Phatshwane is an African Feminist Human Rights Defender and, aspiring Anthropology academic with a keen interest in the subject areas of decolonization and endogenous development for education reform and social evolution. Having graduated with a BA Social Sciences degree with majors in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Botswana (UB), her undergraduate academic sojourn also nurtured and sustained her love for knowledge generation through research and the understanding of the metamorphosis of society and human behaviour as it intersects with, and morphed by, culture and social reality.

Tshegofatso is, the former Info & Publicity Chair and later, Research Assistant for Young Women’s Leadership Club (YWLC-UB)- a UCT African Gender Institute affiliated action research-based project aimed at promoting and advancing gender equality & equity in university campuses; Co-creator and former radio producer for the Upright African Show- a socio-political radio show aimed at engaging young Africans, intra continent and diaspora, on issues affecting their Africanity. She is also the co-founder of Feminism in Botswana- a digital platform dedicated to generating and facilitating intersectional feminist discourse that builds individual agency and collective power. Lastly, she is an alumna of the Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) on Civic Engagement for Student Leaders (2017 cohort).

Overall, she is passionate about Africa, continental integration as well as (women) human rights and hopes to build a career in academia and be actively contribute to Africa’s progress through academic research.

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Do you aspire to be a visionary leader who has moral authority? Do you see leadership as more than just personal ambition - as a way to pursue the advancement of equality and freedom, human rights and human dignity? And do you want to guide and inspire others to reach their full potential?


Do you admire Nelson Mandela’s ability to bridge historic divides through our common humanity? Do you believe that reconciliation and reparation are the key to transforming our societies so that everyone can have equal opportunity to thrive? And are you prepared to begin by grappling with your own internal divides and difficulties first?


Do you have excellent academic results, but believe that your education should not only benefit you but make a difference to others? And do you understand that intellectual excellence must be accompanied by character and a rounded personality?


Do you want to see Africa take its rightful place as an equal and competitive presence in the global world? Have you demonstrated individual effort, innovation and creativity to this end?


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