Neo Masisi

first lady of Botswana

Neo Masisi was born in 1971 in Francistown. Her role as First Lady of Botswana is largely ceremonial. As First Lady, Neo Jane Masisi has focused on issues that affect children and adolescents, and on women's empowerment.

Neo Masisi at the US embassy Botswana in 2018


  • As women, we need to continue to rise in our capacity as leaders in civil society, private sector, public sector and other spheres-to look at how we can help each other thrive in environments where we grow, where we are supported and protected.
  • GBV is not only a blatant violation of human rights, it has consequences for the victims, their families, and nations as a whole.
    • Neo Masisi Botswana First Lady Neo Jane Masisi Speech delivered at the virtual launch of the W Summit Impact week 2020 (4 December 2020) Retrieved 5 November 2021.
  • I firmly believe in the importance to empower infertile women, who are mistreated and discriminated against in many cultures for not being able to have children and start a family.
    • Neo Masisi African First ladies pledge to support Merck Foundation to empower infertile women as Ambassadors. (09/12/2019) Retrieved 5 November 2021.
  • Sexual Exploitation and Abuse is a very complex issue and it is made worse by the secrecy that surrounds it. The secrecy is driven by our society which may stigmatise the victim and even their family – cultural norms may be a barrier to speaking out (more-so that in the majority of cases the perpetrator is someone who the victim or their family trusts) Since nobody talks about it, many children who are victims suffer in silence while we all turn a blind eye to it.
  • Today I would like to appeal to all men and women across the country to rise up and say E seng mo ngwaneng! We call on men and women from all four corners of Botswana to make a personal commitment to step out of the sidelines and be part of the solution to end sexual exploitation and abuse. We need to speak with one voice and advocate for the protection of children, no matter what it takes.
  • As a nation, we have the moral obligation to protect our children from sexual abuse. We need to love, nurture and protect these children ensuring that this protection is both emotional and physical.
    • Neo Masisi Campaign Brief, Botswana Country Office: Interim Update (17 January 2019) Retrieved 5 November 2021.
  • True leadership does not believe in grand titles but in taking responsibility of other people’s lives.
    • Neo Masisi ,Neo Masisi on First Lady Duties by Keamogetse Motone, (18 November 2019) Retrieved 5 November.
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