‘Mokhotlong community demands lifetime compensations from LHDA’_Informative Newspaper (BAM MEDIA)


Date: March 3, 2016
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 Name of article:  ‘Mokhotlong community demands lifetime compensations from LHDA’

Name of publication: Informative Newspaper (BAM MEDIA)

Country: Lesotho

Theme: Constitutional and Legal Rights

Synopsis

Brief description of the item of work you submitted and motivation of why it is a good example of gender awareness and sensitivity in advancing gender equality Post-2015.

The article with the tittle ‘Mokhotlong community demands lifetime compensations from LHDA’-After the complaints from the villages, seeking lifetime compensations from the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA), I talked with villagers from Thabang, Ha Lebopo and Mahesheleng in Mokhotlong district. Phase II of the Polihali Dam that is about to begin soon. Therefore I found that LHDA has already approached the community whose fields are likely to be affected by the project, however, I found that LHDA could not want seek views from the community but gave them their decisions. As I have learned public participation is important, I approached LHDA on that and after finding that LHDA is intending to give the affected communities compensations for a specific period of time, and there was disagreement amongst LDHA and community. The articles was aimed at creating awareness to the authorities that communities, both men and women have equal voices.

Background

Why did you produce the story? What problem or context is it responding to?

The story’s aim was to make people in authorities be aware that public participation in all issues affecting them is crucial, and that those in powers consider the rights for the communities despite gender. It is also aimed at giving both women and men chances to say their views, since in this story even women who are currently widows were able to fight for their rights since they are the mothers and fathers who are left with the families, fields as well as things like trees.

Key objectives

What did you hope to achieve with this coverage?

The story’s aim was to make people in authorities be aware that public participation in all issues affecting them is crucial, and that those in powers consider the rights for the communities despite gender. It is also aimed at giving both women and men chances to say their views, since in this story even women who are currently widows were able to fight for their rights since they are the mothers and fathers who are left with the families, fields as well as things like trees.

Target audience

Who did you hope to reach? Did you succeed in reaching this audience? What evidence do you have to that effect?

Target audience in this story are the community regardless of age, as well as people in powers of the laws. LHDA was able to explain why the compensations cannot be for lifetime, however the consultations are still in process on the issue.

How did you go about researching and writing the story?

How did you gather the data, how many sources, female and male did you consult? Why did you choose these sources and how were their voices important?

In the story, I have voices from the community, LHDA, NGOs as well as relevant quotes from laws. Four women voices and two men voices in all.

Feedback

What impact did it have? What evidence do you have to illustrate impact?

Please provide any examples of feedback that you received from the articles (from websites, letters, etc.)

Communities were able to know of their rights and that they have an opportunity to say their concerns to the relevant authorities.

Attach all relevant feedback documentation here:Follow up

How would you conduct a follow up to your story and why?

The second story still need a follow up to see the developments, therefore I will follow it by consulting the stakeholders again and as the project have stated would find how both stakeholders are operating. Click here to view article.


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