By: Koena Mokobocho

May 1st in Lesotho marks a major occasion: Workers’ Day. This yearly holiday honors the labor force, which is the backbone of society and is very important not just in Lesotho but also across the region.

During Workers’ Day and the entire month of May, we take a moment to consider the priceless contributions that laborers have made to the socioeconomic fabric of Lesotho.

Workers from a variety of sectors drive development and economic growth wherever they go, from the busy streets of Maseru to the rural settlements. This month serves as a reminder of their unwavering devotion to nation-building and their ongoing dedication to it.

In Lesotho, progress on labor rights has been a significant part of the nation’s social and economic development journey. Celebrating Workers’ Day in Lesotho allows us to recognize and appreciate the strides made in this critical area.

Lesotho’s government and civil society groups have taken action to reduce gender gaps in the labor market and encourage women to enter the workforce. Gender equality in the workplace is advanced by actions like gender-sensitive employment rules and campaigns against discrimination based on gender.

Organizations like Sonke Gender Justice continue to play a significant role in enhancing labor rights by advocating for gender equality in the workplace and addressing issues of discrimination and inequality faced by workers, particularly women.

Through its various initiatives and campaigns, Sonke Gender Justice raises awareness about the intersectionality of gender and labor rights, highlighting how gender norms and stereotypes can impact working conditions and opportunities.

Even with these successes, there are still issues to be resolved, such as improving social safety programs, dealing with informal employment, and making sure everyone has access to respectable jobs.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought attention to the necessity of social safety nets and robust labor markets, as well as the ongoing need to assist employees and their families in times of need.

As we commemorate the month of the worker in Lesotho, let us take stock of the labor rights advancements to date and reaffirm our commitment to constructing a future in which every worker has opportunity, justice, and dignity at work.