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The Ministry of Gender, Youth and Sports, in its contribution towards socio-economic and political development of the country, aspires for gender equity and equality; sporting excellence; and a healthy and self-reliant youth.


The Ministry works towards the advancement of Gender equity and equality; the enhancement of sporting excellence and the integration of youth in the socio-economic and political development of the country.

The Ministry is made up of four departments namely; the Department of Gender, the Department of Youth, the Department of Sport and the Department of Recreation.


The Department of Gender ensures equality of all opportunities between women, men, girls and boys, so that development efforts have an equal impact on all gender issues. Our aim is to facilitate proper integration of gender issues in development to ensure full involvement, participation and partnership of women and men, girls and boys in both their productive lives.

Through it’s policy, the Department of Gender takes gender concerns into account in all national and sectoral policies, programmes, budgets and plans in order to achieve gender equality in the development process.

Services offered by the Department

In order to carry out its mandate the Department is organized into three areas of operation which are very closely inter-related; economic empowerment which is concerned with poverty eradication, social empowerment deals with the fight against gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS, and political empowerment advocates for equal representation and participation of women and men in politics and decision-making positions of society.

How the public accesses the services

The work of the Department is essentially one of advocacy for gender equality in all aspects of development in the country. Since, by its nature advocacy, especially at national level, calls for public awareness and education, the Department makes its services available to the public through the following:

  1. Public gatherings
  2. Print and electronic media channels
  3. Workshops
  4. Meetings
  5. Participation in public activities, e. g. Morija Arts and Cultural Festival
  6. Commemoration of special dates such as:
  • The International Women’s Day, 8th March
  • World Population Day, 11 July
  • The African Women’s Month, August
  • 6 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, 25 November – 10 December

The goal of the Department of Youth is to promote the dignity and self esteem of all Lesotho youth; to ensure their physical, intellectual and moral well being; and to take all measures to accelerate their full participation in the socio-economic, cultural and political life as healthy, active and productive citizens of the nation.

The youth should be perceived and serve as an instrument of social development. To this end, it should be aspired to have youth as good citizens, molded by dynamic cultural and religious values, so that they can take their rightful place in society and fully participate in the economic and socio-political development of peaceful Lesotho through individual and coherent group self-motivation.

Definition of Youth
In Lesotho youth should be defined as persons between 15 and 35 years of age. This age range is adopted also for the purpose of facilitating proper targeting of counselling and provision of material assistance to the youth. It is however recognized that it is expedient to sub-divide the age groups into three categories: 12 to 15 years (developing youth); 15 to 25 years (well developed youth); and 25 to 35 years (young adults). It is also essential to categorize youth according to political and socio-economic context. Politically, the voting age is 18 years and above. Common social and economic categories include: rural and urban youth; male and female youth; out of school and in school youth; employed and unemployed youth.

Services offered by the Department

The increasing socio-economic and political challenges facing the children and youth have resulted in the creation of programmes specifically developed to address these issues. The Department has two vocational training centres; which offer training on Carpentry and Joinery, Sewing and Knitting, Agriculture, Bricklaying and Plastering, and Home Economics, for a duration of two years. The department also provides training of trainers workshops on lifeskills and HIV/AIDS. The youth are encouraged to get involved in volunteer activities such as environmental conservation and home-based care. All children and youth issues are tackled by the department, which works in coordination with different Ministries, Implementing Partners, Donor Agencies, Youth Organisations, individuals etc

How the public access these services

There are District Officers in all the ten districts of Lesotho, where youth access services on a daily basis.

  1. Workshops
  2. Day to day consultations with Youth Officers
  3. Public gatherings e.g. The Day of the African Child Celebrations
  4. Print and electronic media channels
  5. Meetings
  6. Participation in public activities e. g. Morija Arts and Cultural Festival