Author/Editor: Unity Dow


Unity Dow is the author of four novels, including Far and Beyon', The Screaming of the Innocent, Juggling Truths and The Heavens May Fall. She is Botswana’s first female High Court judge.


Unity Dow has a long record as a human rights attorney. She co-founded the Women and Law in Southern Africa Research Project and is a member of International Women's Rights Watch, an advocacy organization. Judge Dow was the plaintiff in a ground breaking legal case in which Botswana's nationality law was overturned and that led to passage of legislation through which women were enabled to pass on their nationality to their children. Unity Dow has also written about the link between the Convention on the Rights of the Child and children's legal status in Botswana. 


Unity Dow was one of three judges who recently (13th December 2006) decided the now internationally acclaimed Kgalagadi (San, Bushmaen or Basarwa) court decision. The case was about the Bushmens Right to return to their ancestral lands. She lives with her family in Lobatse, Botswana.


[Man Booker shortlisted, The Purple Hibiscus author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's] urgent humaneness reminds me of Unity Dow, Botswana's brilliant High Court judge, whose novels keep bringing one back to the basics even as they show insoluble puzzles based on the hardness of people's hearts. -Juliette Hughes, The Age, 2006


17 Feb 2011 Unity Dow in Australia for International Women's Day

Spinifex international author and high court judge Unity Dow will visit Australia as a special guest of UN Women Australia for part of the 100th anniversary I... more

20 Aug 2009 Of Diamond Rings & Cows

Former High Court Judge of Botswana, Unity Dow will speak at the University of SA's Hawke Insitute on Weds 16 Sept on the topic, Through Their Eyes: Of Diamo... more

Book Awards
Juggling Truths: 2006 Finalist, Percy Fitzpatrick Prize for Children's Literature

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