A Woman’s Place, Lesotho
Looking back at my recent journey to Lesotho. @cobyrne703.
Flickr Photo Album. A Woman’s Place in Lesotho.
Tackling the barriers to gender equality. Lesotho faces a number of challenges in achieving equality between men and women.
The Welsh Government and Government of Lesotho have set out to increase gender equality in Lesotho. In 2014, a link was made between Chwarae Teg and FIDA ( Federation of Women Lawyers ) and we’re now working together to help women achieve and prosper in Lesotho.
“When women know their rights, they can take steps to claim their rights”
Whilst legislation has increased rights for women on paper, there is still a long way to go before this makes a difference to women on the ground.
“Law allows for women to own property but it still is hard to happen… especially if it’s inheritance… inheritance issues are critical still”
Over the last decade, there has been clear progress made to increase gender equality in Lesotho. Legislation has played a major part. Pictured: The FIDA Lesotho group. Visit their website: fidalesotho.wordpress.com
“Women must believe in themselves and start new things. We can support other women to help them achieve”
Commemoration of certain days like International Women’s Day helped to increase awareness of gender equality programmes. Lesotho also celebrates “16 days of activism” where civil society, Government and the media promote conventions such as the SADC gender protocol
— and — Millennium Development Goals
“It has to start with our constitution… because women don’t have power to own land and become chiefs… where they could actually be responsible citizens of this country”
Communications have also helped to empower women over the last decade. Internet and mobile communication has allowed women to have better contact with others outside of the home, which has helped women in rural areas, who tend to be isolated.
Women struggle to access legal aid or healthcare delivered outside of the community because they lack resources (money, and time) to travel by public transport. Journeys made by public transport can take an extended amount of time, due partly to poor quality roads, along with delays during bus stops.
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Lesotho lawyers speak out, June 5, 2014. Christine’s first visit to Lesotho, 2014. As part of Welsh Government’s Academi Wales programme. cteg.org.uk/lesotho-lawyers-speak.