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June 4, 2019, 6:17 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Anyone convicted of an offense related to the commercial sexual exploitation of children is liable to imprisonment for a period of not less than 10 years" (p. 16).
June 4, 2019, 6:17 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law sets the minimum age for consensual sex at 18" (p. 16).
June 4, 2019, 6:17 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"An antitrafficking law criminalizes trafficking of children or adults for the purposes of sexual or physical exploitation and abuse. Offenders convicted of trafficking children into prostitution are liable to a fine of two million maloti ($151,500) or life imprisonment. The death penalty may be applied if a knowingly HIV-positive perpetrator infects a child" (p. 16).
June 4, 2019, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: AFE-LAW-1

"By law primary education, which goes through grade seven, is universal, compulsory, and tuition free beginning at age six" (p. 14).
June 4, 2019, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (p. 14).
June 4, 2019, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2, IIP-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes sexual harassment. Victims rarely reported sexual harassment. Penalties for those convicted of sexual harassment are at the discretion of the court. Police believed sexual harassment to be widespread in the workplace and elsewhere. The CGPU produced radio programs to raise public awareness of the problem" (p. 14).
June 4, 2019, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: LRW-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; no estimate of its prevalence was available. If a perpetrator’s family was wealthy, the victim’s parents often reached a financial settlement rather than report the incident to police" (p. 14).
June 4, 2019, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: CLCC-LAW-1

"According to the constitution, birth within the country’s territory confers citizenship. The law stipulates registration within three months of birth but allows up to one year without penalty" (p. 14).
June 4, 2019, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: GP-DATA-2

"The… minister of police [is a] women" (p. 11).
June 4, 2019, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-2

"The government had one shelter in Maseru for abused women. The shelter offered psychosocial services but provided help only to women referred to it. The majority of victims were not aware of the shelter. There was no hotline for victims" (p. 14).
June 4, 2019, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law does not mandate specific penalties. 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" (p. 14).
June 4, 2019, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Civil law defines a child as a person under age 18 but provides for a girl to marry at age 16. Customary law does not set a minimum age for marriage" (p. 16).
June 4, 2019, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"From January to August, 247 complaints of sexual assault and rape were filed at magistrate courts in the country’s 10 districts. During that period 40 cases were prosecuted" (p. 14).
June 4, 2019, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Civil, but not customary law protects inheritance, succession, and property rights. Civil law defers to customary law that does not permit women or girls to inherit property" (p. 15).
June 4, 2019, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: LBHO-LAW-2

"The law provides for the allocation of onethird 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" (p. 11).
June 4, 2019, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: GP-DATA-1

"The president of the Senate [is a] women" (p. 11).
June 4, 2019, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-2, DV-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes the rape of women or men, including spousal rape, and domestic violence" (p. 13 - 14).
June 4, 2019, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Rape convictions carry a minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment" (p. 14).
May 15, 2019, 6:51 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, East Timor, Egypt, Eritrea, Fiji, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Laos, Lesotho, Macedonia, Maldives, Mali, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Somalia, South Korea, South Sudan, Taiwan, Ukraine
Variables: GP-SCALE-1

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April 18, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: LO-LAW-1

A woman in Lesotho can legally register a business, sign a contract, and open a bank account in the same way as a man (106). Men and women have equal ownership rights to immovable property (106). Discrimination based on gender is not prohibited in access to credit in Lesotho, and neither is discrimination based on marital status (106).
April 18, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: ATFPA-LAW-1

In Lesotho, there is no legislation designating who may hold head of household status (106).
April 18, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: CLCW-LAW-2

A woman in Lesotho can legally apply for a passport in the same way as a man (106). A woman in Lesotho can legally travel outside of the country in the same way as a man (106).
April 18, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

Discrimination based on marital status is not prohibited in access to credit in Lesotho (106).
April 18, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: ERBG-LAW-1

A woman in Lesotho can legally get a job in the same way as a man. Women can work the same night hours as men. Women are able to work in jobs deemed hazardous, arduous, or morally inappropriate. Women are not able to perform the same tasks at work as men. Women cannot work in the same industries as men (106). The ages at which men and women can retire with full pension benefits are equal (106).
April 18, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

A woman in Lesotho can legally travel outside the country and her own home in the same way as a man (106).
April 18, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: CLCW-PRACTICE-1

A woman can legally apply for a national ID card in the same way as a man (106).
April 18, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: GIC-LAW-1

There is no paid maternity leave available to women in Lesotho of at least 14 weeks. Women receive at least 2/3 of their wages for the duration of their maternity leave. The government pays for 0% of maternity leave benefits. There is no paid parental leave. Mothers are not guaranteed an equivalent position after returning to work from maternity leave. The government does not support or provide childcare services. Childcare payments are not tax deductible (106).
April 18, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: CL-LAW-1

The government of Lesotho provides for valuation of nonmonetary contributions, such as staying at home to take care of the elderly and disabled (106).
April 18, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-4

Women are not able to work in the same industries as men in Lesotho (106).
April 18, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: AFE-LAW-1

Primary education in Lesotho is free and compulsory (106).