Zwelithini Evaristus Matsoso – Women Deliver
2020

Zwelithini Evaristus Matsoso

  • Age: 30
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The existence of young people is every country's greatest dividend. Invest in young people and you invest in the future.

- Zwelithini Evaristus Matsoso

Bio

Zwelithini Evaristus Matsoso was born and raised in Lesotho. They are currently working toward their Bachelor of Laws at the University of South Africa. Zwelithini is a United Nations Youth Advisory Panel member, Founder and Director of Economic and Social Justice Project, and Coordinator of Youth Alliance on COVID-19.

What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?

Laws should exist to promote rights and freedoms. Laws also should exist to provide equal protection. However, laws that govern us still infringe on bodily autonomy and create barriers in participating in socio-political and mainstream economy. It is the aforementioned legal and structural barriers that fueled my advocacy and inspired me to challenge laws that infringe upon fundamental human rights.

Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.

I have advocated for the Ministry of Gender, Youth, Sports, and Recreation in Lesotho to develop a Lesotho National Youth Policy that is gender-sensitive. The National Youth Policy was developed and has been inclusive based on the gender lens incorporated. I was later engaged by the Ministry to facilitate consultations into the National Youth Development Bill. The consultations ensured that they have gender balance.

Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy posting and talking on social media, reading, watching international news bulletins, and having fun with friends.

Languages Spoken:

  • English (Advanced/Native)
  • French (Elementary)

Speaks On:

  • harvesting demographic dividends through investment in LGBTQI+ populations
  • review of oppressive laws
  • youth participation in the economy
  • civic and democratic processes
  • safe abortion

Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:

  • University of the Witwatersrand certificate, training, and development of medical trustees
  • Global Health Learning Center Gender and Sexual Reproductive Health 101
  • World Health Organization Operation Guidelines for COVID-19
  • World Health Organization COVID-19 Infection Prevention Control
  • East and Southern Africa Regional Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Fellow

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