Maseru, Mar. 09 — It is important for women to value themselves on the important roles they play in different portfolios and the change they make a difference in people’s lives.
This was stated by Auditor-General Ms. ‘Mathabo Gail Makenete when addressing the office of Auditor-General (AG) staff in commemoration of International Women’s Day.
The commemoration was under this year’s theme “Embrace Equity”.
“We are glad to have seen laws recently passed in our country advocating for women’s rights in legacy issues, as opposed to other countries where women are still struggling and oppressed”, the AG added.
The occasion was also graced by the presence of the Rehabilitation Manager Ms Victoria Mokhosi from Lesotho Correctional Services (LCS) who emphasized that the rights of the women should be discussed extensively.
She further commended the Government of Lesotho, through the Ministry of Police, as they have established the Child and Gender Prevention Unit (CGPU) Department that deals with the needs and grievances of women and children. She encouraged women to make noise and seek help.
“Women are capable, intelligent, smart and need to be empowered. We need equity in the education system, health issues, and sports among others”, noted Ms. Mokhosi.
In closing, the Acting Deputy Auditor-General, Mrs. ’Mafani Masoabi reminded women that they suffer so much and go through terrible experiences which will have negative impact on their lives.
She, however, noted that there are strides taken to enable women’s access to financial independence and occupying decision-making positions. She concluded by encouraging women to support each other and stop abuse of men and children as well.
On March 08, 1975, the United Nation (UN) observed the first ever International Women’s Day. It took another two years before the day was officially recognized by the United Nations, and the day emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe.