Lesotho: Makoabating Community Council


Date: July 4, 2018
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Makoabating Council is situated in Thabana Morena and is the fourth council working with Gender Links in the district of Mafeteng with COE process and the entreprenuership.The council is so determine in promoting gender equality in their localities and also to see that Gender based violence prevented.

The council has shaped a number of gender-related policies to guide its work and influenced most of their decisions. There are 21 councillors all and eight are women while 13 are men. The chairperson of the council is a man and deputised by a woman. There are four committees and only one is chaired by a woman.

Women, youth and PWD participate in council by giving their opinions at meetings, gatherings and sittings. Women are very vocal about issues that affect them and they work together as team.

The total workforce is six men and three women; two women are in the top management.

There is a provision of three months maternity leave and nursing hours for another three months after the maternity. The council does not have sexually harassment policy, but cases are reported at the police station. Most of the time the Councillors bring such matters to the social service committee who then report such cases at the police. The council situated in a place where is accessible to everybody and facilities catered for disability people.

Makoabating Council allocated budget to gender-related projects, 2017 to 2018.

Category Budget 2016 Budget 2017
Resources allocated to promoting gender equality in decision-making and public participation $10 000 $15 000
Resources allocated to promoting gender equality/family friendly/ youth and disability friendly policies and practices $50 000 $66 060
Resources allocated to gender-responsive local economic development $8 000 $11 000
Resources allocated to promoting gender/youth/PWD responsive projects on climate change $20 000 $50 000

The council is working with women to create finance schemes, it encourages women to come together and form such schemes and so far four schemes have been formed. The is also a place that was selected by the council at the bus stop where both women and men sell their products

There are catchment projects within the council where people engage in planting trees and filling dongas. They also get financial benefit from these projects, so far 80 women and 102 men has benefited.

Women and men benefit equally from land allocations and 25% women have applied for land. Also the community gets the water from hand pumps.

The council promotes SRHR by holding gatherings, holding workshops from time and dispensing condoms. Women, youth and PWD get equal access to treatment.

Click here to read more about the Makoabating Community Council.


One thought on “Lesotho: Makoabating Community Council”

Motebele says:

Missing Old good days. Should visit us again soon.

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