Botswana

. Gogontlejang Phaladi

Gogontlejang Phaladi, representing Botswana, is the Founder of the ‘Gogontlejang Phaladi Pillar of Hope Organisation’, a non-profit NGO that leads on human rights advocacy and humanitarian work across the country.

Gogontlejang mentors girls and women through her initiative ‘She Is My Inspiration’ and works with ‘UNICEF’ as a Child Ambassador to advocate on issues of child protection and violence against women and girls.

The award for Gogontlejang will be presented on Wednesday 14th February at the High Commission’s Office by Katy Ransome, UK High Commissioner in Botswana.

Gogontlejang said:

“Thank you very much for this honour. I am deeply humbled. I dedicate this award to all the amazing people I work for and work with. It is a blessing to be of service. Thanks for all the love and support, let us all do our best to add value towards a
better world no matter how trivial the gesture may seem.”

Katy Ransome, UK High Commissioner in Botswana, said:

“Gogontlejang is a true embodiment of a global leader and represents the Commonwealth values through her philanthropy and advocacy for vulnerable communities. Gogontlejang founded her charity organisation ‘Gogontlejang Phaladi Pillar of Hope Organization (GPPHO)’ at a tender age of five years old to support the country when Botswana had the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate. She continues to be a change agent and community builder who is passionate about youth development and human rights activism. We are delighted that she is being recognised as one of the Commonwealth Points of Light.”

Below: Gogontlejang receiving her award from Katy Ransome

Gogontlejang Phaladi and Katy Ransome

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