U.S. Expert Visits Lesotho to Empower Basotho Women Leaders

American expert on women’s leadership and political participation, Jessica Grounds, visited Lesotho from December 7-10, 2015. During her visit she met with Basotho women from government, business, and health to empower them as leaders and to encourage more women to run for elected office. She spoke to women and conducted workshops in Maseru, Mafeteng, and Mohale’s Hoek.

Throughout the world, the United States is committed to promoting the status of women and girls. Here in Lesotho we are working to advance women’s political and economic participation; to end the scourges of gender-based violence and human trafficking; and to reduce the rates of maternal/child mortality and prevent girls and young women from becoming infected with HIV.

President Barack Obama has said, “We believe that a world in which women and girls are treated as equal to men and boys is safer, more stable, and more prosperous. Beyond those tangible benefits, this is simply a matter of right and wrong. Women and girls are human beings, full and equal in rights and dignity. They deserve to be treated that way, everywhere, every day. We will continue working to make that vision a reality.”

Visiting U.S. Speaker Jessica Grounds has devoted her life to empowering women to become political leaders. She has been the Executive Director of Running Start, an organization that she cofounded which inspires girls and young women to run for elected office. She currently serves as Running Start’s Co-Chair of the Board of Directors. Jessica is the founder and principal strategist of Solid Grounds Strategy, a firm focused on gender advising for candidates, companies, and political organizations. In 2010, she cofounded Women’s Campaign Consortium, a collaboration of female campaign consultants dedicated to serving women candidates.

For further information, please contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy at 2231-2666 ext. 4314 or email TsiameST@state.gov.