Strengthening the legal network on women’s property and inheritance

By Richard Lee | July 08th, 2011

Enhancing the Coordination of the Legal Network on Women’s Property and Inheritance in Eastern and Southern Africa

This project will to provide funding for Women and Law in Southern Africa Research and Educational Trust Malawi (WLSA-Malawi) project on women’s inheritance and property rights in the context of HIV in Southern Africa. The goal of the project is to reduce incidences of HIV/AIDS and discriminative application of inheritance laws by strengthening collaborative exchange of knowledge, information and expertise on women's legal and inheritance rights among organizations in Africa and beyond. This collaboration is done through an inheritance legal network project in Eastern and Southern Africa called Women Inheritance Now (WIN).

Through WIN, WLSA–Malawi seeks to apply its years of experience in research to strengthen the legal frameworks to better promote women’s property and inheritance rights in the context of HIV/AIDS, build the capacity of legal professionals and justice system providers to make legal services available, accessible and affordable to women living with and/or affected by HIV/AIDS and to increase the influence of organizations to ensure national HIV/AIDS laws and policies protect and promote women’s rights.

The ultimate goal of the project is to reduce the incidences of HIV/AIDS and discriminative application of property and inheritance laws by strengthening collaborative exchange of knowledge, information and expertise on women's legal and inheritance rights among organizations in Africa and beyond.

The specific objectives of the project are to:

• Advance women’s property and inheritance rights in the context of HIV and AIDS in Eastern and Southern Africa through sharing of information, experiences and strategies by legal practitioners and human rights activists.
• Create a South - South Exchange between FIDA members and WLSA members to positively influence each other to make a concrete contribution towards mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS on women in general and widows in particular.
• Strengthen the Women’s Inheritance Now Network as an interactive forum for exchange of legal and other grounded information on women’s property rights, inheritance, and HIV/AIDS among legal practitioners and activists in Eastern and Southern Africa and beyond.
• Sustain an information base for scholars, activists and policy makers on women’s rights, property rights and HIV/AIDs in Eastern and Southern Africa and beyond.

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