Message from CEO of Merck Foundation, Senator Rasha Kelej, on virtually joining H.E. Mrs. NEO JANE MASISI, The First Lady of Botswana, for cycling tour as part of “STOP GBV” in Botswana and across Africa


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I congratulate and announce to join H.E. Mrs. NEO JANE MASISI, The First Lady of Botswana and Ambassador of Merck More Than A Mother who started her cycling tour in collaboration with the Mayor of Lobatse as part of “STOP GBV” in Botswana and across Africa. 

What a creative idea! I believe this is the first time that an African First Lady Cycle across her country for a cause.


I salute my dear sister, H.E Mrs. NEO JANE MASISI, The First Lady of Botswana for her great efforts and innovative idea to Stop Gender-Based Violence and encourage us to take a stand against GBV and child abuse. This cycling tour will shed the light and help people understand that GBV is unacceptable and evil and Promote Zero tolerance of GBV.

I am going to join her virtually on Sunday to cycle to STOP GBV.

You too have to do it and send us your photos from the road, gym, or home anywhere you are to join the campaign.


Kind regards,

Dr. Rasha Kelej,
CEO of Merck Foundation
President of Merck More Than A Mother
One of the 100 Most Influential Africans (2019, 2020)




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