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
(See Link for More Details)
Degrees on Registry Site