Our team

Our small but passionate team put our mission into action.


Our team consists of permanent staff, volunteers, our founders and a Board of Directors. Meet our team below. 

Our staff


Judi Owens

Director of Operations

Judi has lived and worked in various countries over her working life including Australia, Canada and Tanzania. She enjoys organising programs, people and NGOs so that quality results can be achieved on time and progress tracked. She is "action oriented" and her administrative skills mean that legal obligations, labour laws and contractual agreements are in place so that results can be delivered. 


Winnefrida Manyanga

Legal Fellow and Staff Lawyer 

Winnefrida is from Arusha, Tanzania, and joined our team in 2012. Winnie started working as our Volunteer Coordinator. She became a key member of the legal team in 2014 as Inherit Your Rights' second legal fellow. Winnie runs many of our legal trainings and works with our legal aid clients. She holds a Bachelor Degree of Law from Tumaini University, Makumira and has extensive experience volunteering with different human rights organisations and law firms.


Baraka Joel

Community Training Lawyer

Baraka is from Arusha, Tanzania and joined Inherit Your Rights in 2016. He holds a Bachelor Degree of Law from Tumaini University, Makumira and has also completed his post graduate diploma at the  Law School of Tanzania. Baraka is involved in training women's groups around Arusha and represents Inherit Your Rights on regular radio and television slots. His passion is to assist people of all walks of life to understand their rights and advocate for justice. 

Our Founders


Katie Windridge

Founding Director / Chair of the Board

Katie is a British lawyer with a background in immigration law and human rights, who pursued a career in law out of a desire to help the oppressed and victims of injustice. After an inspiring and humbling year working in Mumbai, India with International Justice Mission, she moved to Tanzania, where she co-founded Inherit Your Rights, a small but determined NGO working to represent, empower & educate women and children on their legal & human rights. She hopes that Inherit Your Rights will be an effective vehicle for bringing justice to the women of Tanzania and beyond. 

Jana Hardy

Founding Director

Jana Hardy is from Spokane, Washington, and graduated from Stanford Law School in 2011. Her background is in public policy and human rights law. Jana met Katie while both were working with the International Justice Mission in Mumbai, India, but their paths crossed again in Tanzania in 2010, where they swiftly came together as partners. Driven to tackle the plight of widows here in Tanzania and in the greater developing world, they founded Inherit Your Rights in January 2011. 

Volunteer with us

We are also grateful for the support of our volunteers in making our work possible. Meet some of our volunteers and get inspired to lend a hand with us.