Lesotho: Manka Community Council


Date: July 9, 2018
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Manka Community Council is found in the district of Leribe and joined the COE process in 2015.

53% of the councilors are women. The chairperson of the social services committee is a woman and deputy chairperson of the council being a woman. The council also ensures that women, youth and PWD participate at public gatherings and in meetings.

The workplace is gender sensitive as trainings and workshops are held for the entire council irrespective of their gender. Moreover both women and men are allowed to express their views at public meetings

The total workforce of council staff is 13; eight men and six women. In the top management there are two women and two men which makes it easier for decision making as representation is equal.

There is a provisions of three months maternity leave and three months of nursing hours after the first three months of maternity leave. However the council does not have sexual harassment policy but cases are reported at the police stations.

Manka Community Council budget to gender-related projects, for the 2017 to 2018.

Category Budget 2017 Budget 2018
Resources allocated to promoting gender equality in decision-making and public participation $1 500 $3 500
Resources allocated to promoting gender equality/family friendly/ youth and disability friendly policies and practices $4 000 $4 000
Resources allocated to gender-responsive local economic development $5 000 $5 000
Resources allocated to promoting gender/youth/PWD responsive projects on climate change $5 000 $5 000

In an effort to advance local economic development the council allocates Market places equally to women, men, people with disabilities and the youth. Moreover, there is also entrepreneurship scheme called Basotho Poultry farmers.

The council holds several meetings for the community against burning of waste as it contributes pollution which leads to climate change. Some of the houses in the community are constructed of cans as part of recycling. Women, youth and PWD are involved in waste management by recycling waste and selling it for financial gain. So far 120 men, 105 women and youth has benefited from jobs created by the council.

The council works with PSI to promote SRHR by hosting community campaigns and distributes female and male condoms to the community for free. All people have equal access to treatment.

To end violence, the council has community policing forums that work hand in hand with the council. The police and the National Security council to also in preventing violence. Also, campaigns and public gatherings are held where police are invited to raise awareness whenever there is violence of any sort.

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