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Integrating Gender into World Bank Financed Transport Programs: Case Study - Lesotho

Author: M. Ntho, T. Tsikoane
Publisher: World Bank
Publication Date: Jun 2003
Supported by Ireland Aid the Department of Rural Roads (DRR) of Lesotho strives to prioritise gender in implementing their rural access program. This report analyses how international and regional human rights instruments, as well as donor requirements emphasising the inclusion of women in development projects, have raised institutional awareness of gender and forced commitment from government. The DRR insistence on a quota for the inclusion of women during labour recruitment and training of male and female small contractors are examples of good practice. However, the DRR has not given sufficient attention to working conditions. Some heavy tasks are perceived to be only suitable for men.. Inflexible working hours do not allow women to continue their roles in the home and community and prevents many women registering for employment. Public gatherings where communities can voice their transport priorities are always dominated by men. The report makes several recommendations, including that transparent and participatory recruitment procedures and more training of male and female contractors and supervisors could improve women's participation in the transport sector.