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2014-04-22 Deadline Looms for Europe Trade Talks
[The Trade Beat]Despite the World Trade Organization's Doha Round negotiations displaying signs of life with the conclusion of the Trade Facilitation Agreement during the Bali Ministerial in December last year, the negotiation and conclusion of comprehensive bilateral and regional trade agreements by many of the world's industrialised economies, including the United States, Australia, Japan, Canada, Korea and the European Union (EU), continues apace.

2014-04-21 Dark Day for Women's Rights in Lesotho
[SALC]Johannesburg -Lesotho’s highest court today struck a serious blow against women’s rights and gender equality by upholding a discriminatory section of the Chieftainship Act, which denies daughters the right to succeed to chieftainship solely due to their gender.

2014-04-17 Lesotho - Economic Dependence Traps Women in Gender Violence
[Gender Links]Economic dependency has been cited as one of the causes for gender based violence (GBV), whose many victims and/ or survivors are women. It is often cited as the reason that forces women to stay in abusive relationships or marriages because they feel they cannot survive without an income from their spouses or male relations.

2014-04-16 Women Block Gender Equality Drive in Local Government - Minister
[Gender Links]Women in our communities and nationwide, in local and national governance politics, seem to elect men to be politicians and occupy the most superior political positions in the country."

2014-04-16 Lesotho - "Yes, We Can!" - Lesotho Stands Up Against Gender Violence
[Gender Links]As four other summit gatherings of the Gender Links 50/50 by 2015 and demanding a strong post 2015 agenda were currently ongoing, Lesotho was also in the thick of things as the Minister of Gender, Youth, Sports and Recreation, Thesele 'Maseribane declared the summit open at the Maseru Sun Cabanas on Monday, 14 April 2014, stressing the need to uncompromisingly reject and stem out gender based violence.

2014-04-17 Govt Urged to Boost 50/50 Campaign
[Gender Links]Gender Links Chief Executive Officer, Colleen Lowe-Morna has urged the people in Lesotho to concentrate on strengthening the post 2015 agenda with a focus on the 50/50 campaigns.

2014-04-17 Media Imperative in Setting the Gender Equality Agenda
[Gender Links]"The media must be greatly engaged and involved in promotion of gender equality," said Mulupe Majara, Informative Newspaper journalist, who was the first winner in the media category of the '50/50 by 2015 and a strong post 2015 agenda!' summit in Maseru, Lesotho.

2014-04-15 Lesotho - "Model" Project Drains Health Budget
[AfricaFocus]A Dangerous Diversion

2014-04-16 State Reminds SADC that Gender Equality is Possible
[Gender Links]Lesotho ranks highest in the SADC region in having women in political decision making sphere, and this "reminds us that women equal participation is possible and it is important", excitedly said Gender Links Chief Executive Officer, Colleen Lowe-Morna at the Lesotho SADC Gender Protocol Summit 2014, Maseru Sun Cabanas.

2014-04-15 SADC Gender Protocol 2013 Barometer Lesotho
[Gender Links]Lesotho has signed and ratified the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development. It has also deposited instruments of ratification with the SADC Secretariat. The SADC Gender Protocol (SGP) came into force in September 2012, implying that it is now a legally binding document and states are required to domesticate the its provisions.

2014-04-11 Oxfam Stands By Lesotho Hospital Figures
[Oxfam]The World Bank's private sector arm, the IFC, today challenged Oxfam's figures that the new private hospital complex it supported in Lesotho had cost the country $67 million to run in 2013/14, or 51% of its $133 million health budget. Oxfam stands by the figures. They were provided by Lesotho's Ministry of Health among others.

2014-04-08 Public-Private Partnership Hospital 'Sapping Budget'
[IPS]Washington -The world's first hospital to be built and run in a developing country under a public-private partnership is taking up more than half of the health budget in Lesotho, according to new estimates, diverting resources from populations outside of the capital.

2014-04-08 Lesotho 'Open for Business' At Commonwealth Forum
[Commonwealth]Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane today declared the small southern African kingdom "open for business" at an investment forum in London to raise awareness of growing economic opportunities in his country.

2014-04-08 Lesotho, Tunisia in Big Wins
[CAF]Lesotho and Tunisia have taken commanding leads into the second leg of the 19th African Youth Championship Senegal 2015 first leg qualifiers.

2014-04-07 'Model Hospital' for Privatized African Health Care Threatens to Swamp Budget
[Oxfam]IFC-supported private hospital project eating up 51% of Lesotho's health budget

2014-04-07 SA, Lesotho Start Phase Two of Mega Water Project
[SA Info]South Africa and Lesotho have launched the R15.5-billion second phase of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, which will generate hydro-electric power for Lesotho while increasing the volume of water transferred to South Africa from the current 10-billion to about 15-billion cubic metres a year.

2014-03-28 Lesotho Water Project a Win-Win Situation
[SAnews.gov.za]Pretoria -The Lesotho Highlands Water Project is a win-win situation as it provides much needed water to South Africa and creates infrastructure development and energy generation in Lesotho, says President Jacob Zuma.

2014-03-27 Address By President Jacob Zuma On the Occasion of the Sod-Turning Ceremony for Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, Maseru, Kingdom of Lesotho
[SA Govt]Your Majesty, King Letsie III;

2014-03-26 President Zuma to Launch Phase Two of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project
[SA Govt]President Jacob Zuma will tomorrow, 27 March 2014, undertake a Working Visit to the Kingdom of Lesotho to attend the ‘ground-breaking ceremony' of Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project as as part of Government's Infrastructure Development Programme.

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