Lesotho

Africa

Globally, some advancements regarding women’s rights has been achieved. In Lesotho, proportion of women aged 20-24 years old who were married or in union before age 18 is 17.3%. As of February 2019, 23.3% of parliament seats are held by women. Moreover, women of reproductive age (aged 15-49 years) often face barriers with respect to their sexual and reproductive health and rights: the proportion of women who have their need for family planning satisfied with modern methods in 2010 year stood at 78.9%.

However, work still needs to be done in Lesotho to achieve gender equality. Domestic violence legislation is not in place to protect women. Adolescent birth rate is 94 per 1000 population as of 2013, up from 80 per 1000 population in 2010. Also, women and girls aged 15+ years spent 15.6% of their time on unpaid care and domestic work compared to 6.2% spent by men.

Achieving gender equality requires bold and sustainable actions that address the structural impediments and root causes of discrimination against women. It also requires targeted laws and policies backed by adequate resources, as well as stronger accountability to fully achieve women’s rights.

Gender data gaps and country performance on the status of women and girls

For this score, we use the 62 female SDGs indicators (79 data series in total) in the Women Count Data Hub’s SDGs Dashboard for the 193 UN Member States. For each indicator, we calculate the 33rd and 66th percentiles of the distribution and based on those two values countries are classified as belonging to High performance, Medium performance and Low performance categories. For more details, see the methodological note, and the Feature article, Use data to take the guesswork out of policymaking


  • Low performance
  • Medium performance
  • High performance
  • Missing Data

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