Mampho Lets’aba is the scholarship recipient of the #ACHR2020SRAN competition and will attend the 9th African Conference on Sexual Health Rights in Kenya this February!
The 9th African Conference on Sexual Health and Rights is an opportunity for medics, academics, activists and development workers to RETHINK and RENEW their commitment to SHR and RECONNECT with partners for change.
Mampho Lets’aba is a young Mosotho lady who aspires for a better Lesotho. She is a Yali alumni and a SexRightsAfrica Network member.
She works closely with Women’s Law Clinic which is an organization that facilitates the welfare of Women. The main objective of Women’s Law Clinic is to deal with all aspects of human rights affecting women.
They engage in initiatives either at High Schools or at community level where they give girls sanitary towels and school uniform, focusing mainly on the less privileged children. They also educate girls about sexual reproductive rights and how they can better take care of their bodies.
One of the objective of the conference is to identify promising/best practices on policy and actions that respect, promote and protect the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls in urban informal settlements (slums).
To fully qualify for a place at the 9th African Conference on Sexual Health Rights, she had to actively promote SexRightsAfrica Network on social media.
The SexRightsAfrica Network brings together organisations and individuals working to realise Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) across Eastern and Southern Africa, and beyond. It is intended to complement, promote and strengthen existing networks and knowledge management platforms.
It provides a meeting and referral point at the busy intersection of HIV and AIDS, health and well-being, and economic, social and cultural rights.
Her hope on attending the conference is to learn from the big giants in sex rights. ‘I want to come back with knowledge so I can positively impact my community,’ she emphasizes.
The conference is hosted by African Gender and Media Initiative (GEM) Trust. GEM is a cutting edge not for profit organization that works to advance gender equality through research and action on women’s human rights.
GEM’s strength lies in working with marginalized women and adolescent girls in and out of school living in low resourced areas, sex workers and women living with HIV on their sexual and reproductive health and rights.