Lesotho Princess Loses Chieftaincy Case

The Constitutional Court has ruled against a princess who sought to succeed her father as a chief despite recent advances in eliminating gender discrimination.

Women collect water from a communal tap in a village. The court decision will have far reaching implications for the rights and status of women in Lesotho.

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    OSISA, 15 May 2013

    On 16 May, the Lesotho Constitutional Court will issue its decision on whether women in Lesotho can succeed to chieftainship. The ground-breaking case brought by Senate Masupha,… Read more »

  • Lesotho:   Time to End Ban on Women Chiefs in Lesotho

    OSISA, 27 August 2012

    In a landmark case on August 27th and 28th, the Lesotho Constitutional Court will hear argument in a landmark discrimination case challenging legislation that only permits men to… Read more »

  • Lesotho:   Time to End Ban on Women Chiefs

    OSISA, 21 February 2012

    In a landmark case starting on February 22nd, the Lesotho Constitutional Court will consider the constitutionality of section 10 of the Chieftainship Act, which arguably denies… Read more »

  • Lesotho:   Ban On Women Chiefs in Lesotho Must End

    OSISA, 17 January 2012

    The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) today joined the fight to repeal parts of Lesotho's discriminatory Chieftainship Act, which only allows the first-born son to succeed… Read more »

  • Lesotho:   Women Ready to Take Up Leadership Roles in Lesotho

    Gender Links, 24 April 2012

    While women remain close to parity with 49.1% representation in local councils, the upcoming national elections may also bring an increase in women's representation in governance… Read more »

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