As in other parts of southern Africa, the existence of a patriarchal society in Lesotho furthers gender inequality and normalises gender-based violence. This creates an unsafe environment for women that compromises HIV programming and is in fact, a direct departure from the zero agenda goal of ensuring zero new infections, zero AIDS-related deaths and zero discrimination by 2015. As this brief discusses, a protective legal and social environment is not just a possibility; it is a necessity. Without it, women will continue to be victimised and violated, with correspondingly dire implications for the HIV response. Without it, we risk undoing the gains made against HIV in Lesotho.

 

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MASERU, 27 April 2015 (LENA) – In a bid to promote good health, SAfAIDS - Lesotho held a one-day National Wash and HIV Stakeholders Dialogue meeting in Maseru on Monday.

Speaking with LENA, SAfAIDS Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Mr. None Roto said the meeting brought together stakeholders from the government, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and HIV and AIDS sectors with the aim to plan together and come up with operational guidelines that will assist stakeholders to do what the government entails in the framework pertaining to HIV and WASH integration.

LESOTHO, 6 June 2016 (SAfAIDS Media Desk) - In an effort to reduce harmful behavioral practices such as alcohol and drug abuse by young people, SAfAIDS and its partners in Lesotho have launched the Don’t Hit. Beat Abuse campaign. Targeting young people, the campaign is being run in recognition of how drug and alcohol abuse fuel new HIV infections, gender-based violence and other non-communicable diseases.