About the programme
- Launched in 2010, Better Work Lesotho is our first programme on the African continent.
- It is a voluntary programme and covers 23 garment factories in both the Maseru and Maputsoe regions.
- Lesotho remains the leading sub-Saharan African garment exporter to the US in value terms under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) which grant duty- and quota-free export of apparel products from qualifying sub-Saharan African countries.
- The Better Work programme has contributed to improvements in Occupational Safety and Health and verbal harassment.
- It is estimated that the HIV infection rate in the garment sector exceeds 40%. Better Work has contributed to the elimination of formalized HIV/AIDS discrimination in factories in Lesotho
- Better Work also paid a role in bolstering the country’s maternity laws. As of late 2013, workers in the factory for one year or more are now entitled six weeks paid maternity leave, increasing from two weeks.
- In 2014, the programme has put a strong emphasis on maternity protection rights. In addition to the existing focus on maternity rights in trainings, they have conducted numerous focus groups with workers with a view to developing an initiative on improving workplace conditions for pregnant workers and mothers.
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