Inheritance Rights for Tanzanian Widows



A civic education project that provides older women with the opportunity to become peer educators and community-based paralegals, to increase women's rights and influence long lasting change.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Older women in Tanzania are vulnerable, particularly over 700,000 who live in isolation, due to widowhood and abandonment. They live insecure and physically threatened lives, often losing the right to inherit marital assets upon widowhood. Poverty among older women in such circumstances is acute and is worsened by their lack of information on their rights and inability to access legal services. The project will directly benefit 4,392 women with a further 6,000 indirect beneficiaries.

How will this project solve this problem?

Activities include capacity building of age care organizations to provide training on skills on these issues, 3 initial and 3 refresher workshops for 72 community-based paralegals and production and distribution of 72 legal kits.

Potential Long Term Impact

Our project seeks to promote a positive environment for vulnerable older women through awareness of their rights, access to information and affordable legal services.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $100

Funding Policy: subsidized/guaranteed

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $100 as of Jun 9, 2004.  The original project funding goal was $15,500.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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