Country / Region profile of: Lesotho

Women in Lesotho have relatively high rates of public participation and literacy, and female government ministers have been responsible for many pro-women policies. Lesotho is land-locked within South Africa, with which it has a close economic and political relationship. On 30 August 2014, a military coup in Lesotho forced the Prime Minister to flee the country. Lesotho ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1995 and is ranked 73 out of 144 listed countries in the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). In regards to disarmament, Lesotho voted for the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, signed on 25th September, but has not yet ratified it. During the 2017 October Security Council Open Debate, Lesotho did not give a statement affirming support for WPS and made no specific commitments towards the implementation of UNSCR 1325. In 2017, $ 52.6 million was spent by Lesotho on its military; however, they have not developed a National Action Plan on the Implementation of Resolution 1325 (2000). Although Lesotho has less of a gender gap than do other African countries, women still face challenges in seeing equality in their day-to-day lives.

"We are not here to pose a threat [...] I want to see more women engineers, more women construction workers, a political party run by a woman - then I will say that Lesotho has achieved equality." - Lash Mokhathi


$ 52,600,000
Military expenditure
Lesotho spends USD$52,600,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
National Action Plan
This amount could cover the creation of the country's first National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325... and its funding over at least a three-year period
NAP 1325
Lesotho does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments
Lesotho made no specific financial commitments on Women, Peace and Security in 2017.