Lesotho:Maisa Phoka Community Council


Date: July 4, 2018
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Maisa Phoka Council is situated in Botha Bothe, but falls under the Leribe district. It has joined the COE in 2015.

The council uses action plan as the guiding tool for implementing gender activities.There are 13 members of the council, and six which is 46% are women. The chairperson and deputy are both headed by men. Clerical Assistant, Office assistant & Physical Planner are occupied by women in the council; and the council secretary which is over seer of the council is a woman.

The council has three committee and only one is chaired by a women. Women, Youth and people living with disability (PWD) participate equally at the public gathering and decision are made together.

There are 16 employees at the council and 8 are women which is 50%.They work together as a team with the councillors and issues are discussed and decision made.

There is a provision for maternity leave of three months paid but none for paternity leave. After the first three months of giving birth the mother is again given nursing hours for the three months. The council does not have a sexual harassment policy but report cases at the police station when occur. The council’s building is disability-friendly and accommodates everybody.

Maisa Phoka Community Council allocated a substantial budget to gender-related projects for the 2017 to 2018.

Category Budget 2016 Budget 2017
Resources allocated to promoting gender equality in decision-making and public participation $3 000 $5 000
Resources allocated to promoting gender equality/family friendly/ youth and disability friendly policies and practices $5 000 $10 000
Resources allocated to gender-responsive local economic development $15 000 $20 000
Resources allocated to promoting gender/youth/PWD responsive projects on climate change $12 000 $15 000

In waste management programme, council ensures that 60% of total labourers engaged are female. There is also an existence of entrepreneurship finance schemes linked to council that benefit women, men, people living with disability, and youth. In hiring of the vehicles for waste management, 45% is given to female owned companies.

Women, PWD, and youth are equally involved in projects that prevent climate change such waste management and range management and 250 have been hired and benefited from those projects. The council is also working hard to decrease the effects of climate change and 120 men, 80 women, 40 youth and 10 PWD have been hired.

Married women, widows, singles people also have access to land and know about their rights on land; 13 women have allocated land. In every electoral division, there is at least two committees and these committees consists of women and men who make decisions together. The council has been able to bring water closer to people through building of tanks and hand pumps. Women no longer travel long distances to fetch water.

The council is also working hand in hand with LENASO to distribute male and female condoms and lubricants. There is free access of condoms to everybody at the office and there put where people can freely access them without being scared of discrimination. The council is also engaging in the Public awareness Campaigns on GBV.

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