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.
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.
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.
Our project seeks to promote a positive environment for vulnerable older women through awareness of their rights, access to information and affordable legal services.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
Women and Land Rights in Tanzania
Gender and Ageing
Tanzanian Human Development Report