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Honorary Degree - Justice Unity Dow
Justice Unity Dow has spent much of her career promoting the human rights of women and children. She completed her LLB in 1983 at the University of Botswana and Swaziland including two years spent studying at the University of Edinburgh. She became a state counsel later that year. Between 1986 and 1991 she was a private practice lawyer specialising in criminal matters.

She took a two year break from the legal profession to found and supervise Baobob Primary School in Botswana. At this time she was also the co-coordinator of a six country study on Women and the Law in Southern Africa. In 1990 she founded the Metlhaetsile Women's Information Centre, holding the position of Director from 1994 to 1998.

In 1996 she was appointed a High Court Judge in Botswana, the first female to ever attain such a role. She was a plaintiff on the groundbreaking case 'Republic of Botswana v Dow'; the results of which allowed women in Botswana to pass their nationalities onto their children.

She is also a well known novelist. Her four published titles concentrate on gender and cultural identity and justice and power.

Justice Unity Dow is to recieve a Honorary Doctor of Laws on Tuesday the 30th of June at 3pm
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