FIDA Lesotho is a non-governmental, non-profit organization established in 1988 by a group of women lawyers who wanted to advocate for change. The organization was established to campaign for the rights of women and children to ensure social justice. Today, the focus is on the exercise of human rights, especially in relation to access to property, domestic abuse and inheritance/succession.
The Independent Democratic Union of Lesotho was formed in 2015 after three unions—Factory Workers Union (FAWUL), National Union of Textile Workers (NUTEX) and Lesotho Clothing and Allied Workers Union (LECAWU)—merged. The union holds the majority in the textile sector and also represents workers in other sectors, including mining, construction, hospitality, retail and other manufacturing.
The National Clothing Textile and Allied Workers Union is a trade union established on November 14, 2014. Its mandate is to represent employees at the workplace on all work-related issues. It began by representing textile employees only, but with time and due to the large number of employees in need of the union’s services, it expanded its scope to cover every employee in Lesotho. NACTWU also trains its members about their rights and employer rights at work, and about local and regional labor laws and international labor standards. The union helps its members understand union administration and union structures so that, in the future, they can become leaders at the workplace and within society at large. NACTWU protects employees at work by improving working conditions, wages, health and safety, and by ensuring that their employers comply with labor laws and international labor standards.
UNITE is a union that was formed in 2007.
The union was formed with the expressed intention of advancing the interest of workers and their families through various means set out in its constitution. It is independent from political parties and employers organizations but reserves the right to fight political issues impacting on the workers. The union fights for egalitarian society and elimination of exploitation of man by man. The union is controlled by workers. women play equal role in the union.
Women and Law in Sothern Africa Research and Education Trust -Lesotho is a local chapter of the regional Women and Law in Southern Africa Research and Education Trust (WLSA). It was established as a regional research project in 1989 by researchers from Botswana, Lesotho Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In June 1998 WLSA was established as a Research and Educational Trust including Malawi as the seventh member country. In Lesotho WLSA is registered as an NGO under Society Act registration number 2000/101.
WLSA’s mission is to contribute to the socio-economic political and legal advancement of women and children specifically in the WLSA countries through:
• Collaborative strategic and action research in the socio-legal field
• Lobbying for legal reforms and policy changes on laws and practices that discriminate and disadvantage women.
• Improving legislation that protects women’s legal rights
• Enhance justice sector capacity to interpret and enforce women’s legal rights
• Strengthen civil society’s ability to advocate for women’s legal rights
• Increase public awareness of women’s legal rights
The Solidarity Center is the largest U.S.-based international worker rights organization helping workers attain safe and healthy workplaces, family-supporting wages, dignity on the job and greater equity at work and in their community. Allied with the AFL-CIO and U.S. labor movement, the Solidarity Center assists workers across the globe as, together, they fight discrimination, exploitation and the systems that entrench poverty—to achieve shared prosperity in the global economy. Founded in 1997, the Solidarity Center works with unions, worker associations and community groups to provide a wide range of education, training, research, legal support and other resources to help build strong and effective trade unions and more just and equitable societies. Its programs—in more than 60 countries—focus on human and worker rights awareness, union skills, occupational safety and health, economic literacy, human trafficking, women’s empowerment and bolstering workers in an increasingly informal economy
Founded in 2000, the Worker Rights Consortium is an independent labor rights monitoring organization whose mission is to promote, and help enforce, strong labor right protections in global manufacturing supply chains. The WRC conducts factory investigations, documents violations and seeks comprehensive remedies. The WRC has more than 175 university and college affiliates in the United States and Canada and also works with government entities seeking to enforce human rights standards.
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