Athaliah Molokomme, a member of the Justice Leadership Group, is the former Attorney General of the Republic of Botswana and first woman in the country to hold that position. Previously, she served as judge of the High Court of Botswana. Molokomme taught law at the University of Botswana from 1981 until 1996 and has researched and published extensively in the fields of family law, women and law, customary law and employment law. For the past three decades, she has been a regular speaker at national, regional and international conferences, workshops and seminars in her areas of expertise.
Her research and academic background formed the foundation of her advocacy for women’s rights in Botswana. In her efforts to advance gender equality, Molokomme has served on several boards, commissions and professional organisations at national, regional and international levels. She is a founding member of several organisations, such as Emang Basadi, Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA), and Women, Law and Development International (WLDI). Among the awards she has received are the Women’s Human Rights Award from Women, Law and Development International in 1993, and the Presidential Order of Meritorious Service for Exceptional Service to Botswana in 1999. From July 1998, she was the founding head of the Gender Unit at the Secretariat of the Southern African Development Community, where she was an advisor on gender issues and developed policies and programmes on the empowerment of women and gender mainstreaming.