Inherit Your Rights was founded in 2011 to initially help widows denied access to property and inheritance after the death of their husbands.
In rural Tanzania, widows are extremely vulnerable to abuse. Under customary law, when a man dies, his wife inherits nothing, unless she is childless and there are no other living relatives. The man’s children are his rightful heirs. However, if the children are too young to assert their rights, the man’s family often takes advantage of the situation, and expels the widow and her children from the family land. Alone and without the means of supporting themselves or their children, these women require urgent legal representation and practical assistance.
Inherit Your Rights now also works with wider women’s groups to provide training and support on their legal rights. By educating, empowering and representing women and girls in the Arusha region of Tanzania on property and inheritance rights, as well as basic human rights we can stop the cycle of injustice. Your support can help us reach more communities and share valuable knowledge to advance the rights of women. Through knowledge, we empower.
Inherit Your Rights was founded in 2011 by two lawyers, Jana Hardy and Katie Windridge. After learning of the plight of widows in Tanzania, they were determined to educate, empower and represent women to fight against this.
Our educational programs began in March 2013, when the Inherit Your Rights legal team started to deliver human rights lectures to widow groups in the region. Over the course of that year, Inherit Your Rights visited and delivered training to seven rural Maasai villages, reaching over 300 widows. Widows across the Arusha region and beyond began hearing about their rights to equality, inheritance, property and most importantly how to defend those rights. Encouragingly, other women, not just widows, began attending these lectures, keen to learn of their rights and how to protect them.
The program has evolved to now provide the opportunity for training participants to become community paralegals and further advocate for women's rights in their community. Our educational program also expanded to include training on children's rights at different schools around Arusha.
Through education, representation and empowerment, we believe women and girls are a powerful and pivotal force for change.