Rural women are often unaware of their rights under the constitution allowing them to own land, to access communal land and other basic rights. In the KwaZulu-Natal, patriarchal attitudes are strong within Zulu culture leaving women behind the incredible changes South Africa has experienced in the last 12 years. HIV/AIDS only exacerbates women’s ability to access their rights. Women are often blamed for infecting their husbands and in some cases are evicted from their homes as a result.
RWM works in 14 communities to secure land tenure, provide HIV-positive families with access to community health volunteers, increase women’s participation in local governance and teaches sustainable agriculture to women running community gardens.
By empowering women to own and use land, communities in KwaZulu-Natal become self-sufficient, vibrant and healthy. Women are leading the way to creating long-term, positive impacts on their communities. Land rights are one step towards that change.
Project Leader: Sarah Dotlich Programs Officer, IDEX San Francisco,
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