Summit 2017-Tosing Council COE

Date: August 21, 2018
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Tosing   is a community council located in the Sebapala village in Quthing District on the way to Mount Moorosi.

Laws and policies put in place to enable women to have equal opportunities with men in participation of their daily affairs.And it is well known and has a high profile champion within the council. There are 24 councillors which 12 are women and other 12 are men, one of the 50/50 representation council. The chairperson of the council and Social service committee are both women which it even easier for women to participate and be part of the decision making. 55.5% of Tosing Staff are women and top post position in the council is acquired by a woman.

Women, youth and people living with the disability participate equally at the public gatherings and are part of every decision makings.

The council gives three months paid maternity leave for women and after the maternity leave there is also a provision of three months of nursing hours when the mother has come back to work. The council does not have sexual harassment policy, but cases of such are dealt at the police stations. The council is well accessible to people and is disability friendly user.

Tosing Community Council gender budget for the 2017 to 2018.

Category Budget 2017 Budget 2018
Resources allocated to promoting gender equality in decision-making and public participation $18 000 $18 000
Resources allocated to promoting gender equality/family friendly/ youth and disability friendly policies and practices $10 000 $15 000
Resources allocated to gender-responsive local economic development $28 000 $56 000
Resources allocated to promoting gender/youth/PWD responsive projects on climate change $50 000 $65 000

Eight business sites have been allocated to both women and men; which six were men and two were women. Through World Vision Lesotho the council has entrepreneurship finance schemes where women, men, people living with disability, and youth benefit. And there has also been site allocated for emerging entrepreneurs to sell their different products.

Also through the Ministry of Gender, youth and within the council have been capacitated with entrepreneurship skills and resources to start their own small business and the council is monitoring the process.

Tree planting, protection of swaps and range management are examples of jobs done by women, PWD, and youth in order to prevent climate change.

 For land housing the council has Sex disaggregated data of land allocations for community beneficiaries. Both women and men have an equal opportunity of have sites within the council e.g. five widows

In terms of Water and sanitation there are 17 water committees within the council and provision of drinking water and pitlatrines (toilets) has been done at Ha  Moseneke.

Click here to read more about the Tosing Community Council.

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