Through education and legal aid, our aim is to empower women and girls including widows in Tanzania.
Our objective is that those we work with will in turn:
Pass on their knowledge about women's legal rights to others in their communities
Stand up for their own rights and for the rights of others
Mobilise their communities for equality and justice.
Our community champions and paralegals are prime examples of this. These are grassroot legal advocates who have completed our trainings and now play a crucial role in representing the rights of women and use their knowledge and voice to advocate for change. This includes Mama Rehama.
Meet Mama Rehama
Mama Rehama first heard about Inherit Your Rights in 2015 and mobilised her fellow community members to get involved and participate in paralegal training. Thanks to Mama Rehama, since 2015 seven paralegal trainings have taken place in her community. These trainings have played a key role in building awareness and changing perceptions when it comes to women’s rights in the community.
After receiving training, Mama Rehama has been able to bring her knowledge and voice to the Village Council and Women’s Forum to ensure women are heard and represented. Previously claims made through these channels by women regarding property and inheritance were ignored or met with resistance. Many never even made a claim in the first place simply due to a lack of awareness of the right to inherit property and other statutory laws that protect women’s interests.
"I really believe that women can bring change to a community and that the future can be bright."
- Mama Rehama
Now, with knowledge of their rights and how to exercise them, Mama Rehama says women in her community have a newfound confidence. “Training and awareness of legal rights can change women, men and children to recognise their rights, to know what they need to do and how to stand on their own two feet.”
Mama Rehama continues to raise awareness and empower others by providing legal advice to women and meditating on marital issues and property matters.
You can help us empower more women like Mama Rehama
Your support will help us reach more women through educational programs such as our paralegal and community champion trainings. These programs create grassroots advocates who help women facing legal issues around property, inheritance and marriage.