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Feb. 6, 2019, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: ISTD-DATA-1

"Almost 94 percent of women accessing antenatal care were tested for HIV; of that number, 24 percent were HIV-positive. Of the women who tested positive, 91 percent received ARV prophylaxis or Highly Active Anti-Viral Therapy to protect both mother and child" (Pg 24).
Feb. 6, 2019, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Under customary law, constitutionally recognized as a parallel legal system, women were disadvantaged with regard to property rights, inheritance, and succession rights" (Pg 17). "The law prohibits discrimination against women in access to employment or credit, education, pay, housing, or in owning or managing businesses. Women, however, faced discrimination in employment, business, and access to credit (see section 7.d.)" (Pg 19).
Feb. 6, 2019, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"The NGO continued research in the remaining six districts of Lesotho. Social and cultural barriers, but no legal prohibitions, limited access to contraception and related services. Regardless of the patient’s background, government hospitals and clinics provided equitable access to sexual and reproductive health services. These services included skilled health attendance during pregnancy and childbirth; emergency health care, including services for the management of complications arising from abortion; prenatal care; and essential obstetric and postpartum care. There was access to modern contraception for a minimal fee; male and female condoms were freely available. Many international and local NGOs worked in partnership with the government to provide such services. The 2014 Lesotho...more
Feb. 6, 2019, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1, CONST-LAW-1

"Except for inheritance rights, women enjoyed the same legal status and rights as men including rights concerning family, labor, property, and nationality. The law prohibits discrimination against women under formal and customary, or traditional law. Inheritance, succession, and property rights are an exception; civil law defers to customary law, which discriminates against women and girls as it pertains to inheritance. Customary law limits inheritance to male heirs only; it does not permit women or girls to inherit property. A woman married under civil law may contest inheritance rights in civil court" (Pg 18-19).
Feb. 6, 2019, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: ISTD-PRACTICE-1

"In the most recent (2009) demographic and health survey, 20.6 percent of women and 31.2 percent of men reported having discriminatory attitudes towards persons with HIV (see Reproductive Rights)" (Pg 23-24).
Feb. 6, 2019, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"In February 2014 a local NGO, in collaboration with the Community of Women Living with HIV, conducted research on forced sterilization among HIV-positive women in Quthing, Thaba Tseka, Mafeteng, and Maseru districts. The study found that 24 of 73 women interviewed had been sterilized without their consent. Then deputy minister of health Nthabiseng Makoae stated that if the allegations were true, the act was unlawful as every individual has a right to decide when to stop having children" (Pg 18).
Feb. 6, 2019, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: LBHO-LAW-2

"The law provides for the allocation of one-third of the seats in the municipal, urban, and community councils to women. The law also states a political party registered with the Independent Electoral Commission must facilitate the full participation of women, youth, and persons with disabilities. Party lists for the 40 proportional representation seats in the National Assembly must include equal numbers of women and men" (Pg 13-14).
Feb. 6, 2019, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Advocacy and awareness programs by the Office of the First Lady, CGPU, ministries, and Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA) changed public perceptions of violence against women and children by arguing that violence was unacceptable. The activities of local and regional organizations, other NGOs, and broadcast and print media campaigns bolstered these efforts. For example, WLSA held training workshops to raise awareness of gender-based violence from November 2014-January 2015. Campaigns and radio programs educating women about their rights took place throughout the year. The government had one shelter in Maseru for abused women. The shelter offered psychosocial services, but only provided help to women referred to it. The majority...more
Feb. 6, 2019, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"No laws prevent women or minorities from voting, serving as electoral monitors or otherwise participating in political life on the same basis as men or ethnic Basotho citizens" (Pg 13).
Feb. 6, 2019, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"There were reports of forced elopement, a customary practice whereby men abduct and rape girls or women with the intention of forcing them into marriage, but no estimates on its extent were available. When the perpetrator’s family was wealthy, the victim’s parents often reached a financial settlement rather than report the incident to police" (Pg 17).
Feb. 6, 2019, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-2, PW-LAW-1

"Although the civil legal code does not recognize polygamy, a small minority practiced it under customary law" (Pg 19).
Feb. 6, 2019, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Media reports indicated persons with disabilities experienced societal abuse. During an interview with the Lesotho News Agency on March 23, the officer in charge of the Mabote CGPU, Inspector Mamakafane Matlali, said the police were alarmed by a high rate of sexual abuse of people with disabilities, particularly children and women. The interview followed reports of two cases wherein neighbors sexually abused women with disabilities. In the first, Inspector Matlali indicated that two boys raped a 25-year-old woman from Sekameneng with a disability. In the second, Matlali said a neighbor raped a 17-year old girl from Koalabata with a disability. There was only one report of a person with a...more
Feb. 6, 2019, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1, GP-DATA-2, GP-DATA-6

"There were 30 women in the 120-seat National Assembly and eight women in the 33-seat Senate. The speaker of the National Assembly was a woman. There were eight women in the 34-member cabinet (including deputy ministers), and three of 10 High Court judges were women. The chief justice was a woman. The governor of the Central Bank of Lesotho and the chief executive of the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority were women. In August the LDF promoted two women to the rank of colonel, the first women to hold such positions" (Pg 14).
Feb. 6, 2019, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"According to UN Population Fund data collected between 2000 and 2011, an estimated 19 percent of women between the ages of 20 and 24 were married before age 18" (Pg 21).
Feb. 6, 2019, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Domestic violence against women was widespread. The CGPU did not compile data on domestic violence. The LMPS included reports of domestic violence with assault data but did not break down the data by type of violence. Assault, domestic violence, and spousal abuse are criminal offenses, but authorities brought few cases to trial. The law does not mandate specific penalties, and judges have wide discretion in sentencing. Judges may authorize release of an offender with a warning, give a suspended sentence, or, depending on the severity of the assault, fine or imprison an offender" (Pg 17).
Feb. 6, 2019, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: MMR-DATA-1

"The 2014 LDHS reported the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) was 1,024 per 100,000 live births, largely due to limitations in the country’s health system. Although the MMR dropped slightly from 1,243 in 2009, the change was not statistically significant" (Pg 18).
Feb. 6, 2019, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and domestic violence. Rape convictions carry a minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment. When informed, police and the judiciary generally enforced the law promptly and effectively; nevertheless, sexual assault and rape were commonplace" (Pg 16).
Feb. 6, 2019, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1, ERBG-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes sexual harassment, indecent exposure, and sexual assault. Penalties for those convicted of sexual harassment are at the discretion of the court. Victims rarely reported sexual harassment. According to WLSA, sexual harassment in the textile sector was on the increase. Police also believed sexual harassment to be widespread in the workplace and elsewhere. The CGPU prepared radio programs to raise public awareness of the problem" (Pg 17). "The law prohibits discrimination against women in access to employment or credit, education, pay, housing, or in owning or managing businesses. Women, however, faced discrimination in employment, business, and access to credit (see section 7.d.)" (Pg 19). "Despite the law prohibiting...more
Feb. 6, 2019, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The Children’s Protection and Welfare Act defines a child as a person under age 18. Under the Marriage Act of 1974, however, a girl can marry at age 16 while a boy can do so at age 18. The act states that 'if the girl is 16 years of age, but is not yet 21, parental consent is required' for marriage. Customary law does not set a minimum age for marriage" (Pg 21).
Feb. 6, 2019, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Advocacy and awareness programs by the Office of the First Lady, CGPU, ministries, and Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA) changed public perceptions of violence against women and children by arguing that violence was unacceptable. The activities of local and regional organizations, other NGOs, and broadcast and print media campaigns bolstered these efforts. For example, WLSA held training workshops to raise awareness of gender-based violence from November 2014-January 2015. Campaigns and radio programs educating women about their rights took place throughout the year. The government had one shelter in Maseru for abused women. The shelter offered psychosocial services, but only provided help to women referred to it. The majority...more
Feb. 6, 2019, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"The law prohibits discrimination against women in access to employment or credit, education, pay, housing, or in owning or managing businesses. Women, however, faced discrimination in employment, business, and access to credit (see section 7.d.)" (Pg 19).
Feb. 5, 2019, 6:41 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"25.0% of seats in the lower/single house of Lesotho (30 out of 120 total seats) are held by women. 24.2% of seats in the upper house/Senate of Lesotho (8 out of 33 total seats) are held by women"
Feb. 5, 2019, 6:40 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: GP-DATA-1

"18.2% of ministerial positions in Lesotho (4 out of 22 total positions) are held by women"
Jan. 25, 2019, 10:16 p.m.
Countries: Angola, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Rep, Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cote D'Ivoire, D R Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Lithuania, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Suriname, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad/Tobago, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-4

2.0
Jan. 25, 2019, 10:16 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Angola, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Rep, Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cote D'Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, D R Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Lithuania, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Mongolia, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Suriname, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad/Tobago, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-2

2.0
Jan. 25, 2019, 10:28 a.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: MURDER-DATA-4

According to calculations based on the WHO Homicide Estimates for 2015, the homicide rate for females aged 15-44 is 28.70 per 100,000 female population ages 15-44.
Jan. 16, 2019, 8:21 a.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: SUICIDE-DATA-1

According to Countryeconomy.com, the total suicide rate for women in Lesotho in 2015 was 5.81 per 100,000 total female population (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Jan. 4, 2019, 10:45 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"[In] Lesotho –Property can now be registered in the name of women married in community property" (para 17).
Dec. 20, 2018, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: MURDER-DATA-4

According to the WHO violence and homocide statistics, the total femicide rate as of 2015 was 16.3 per 100,000 female population. For ages 15-44, the rate was calculated to be 14.00 per 100,000 female population.
Dec. 11, 2018, 4:32 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: MURDER-DATA-3

According to the data chart, the female homicide rate in 2015 was 8.9 per 100,000 population.