KELIN trained twenty messengers on effective communication, land, inheritance, and property rights to promote WLPR advocacy on the 30th and 31st March 2023. The knowledge build-up training attracted human rights defenders from four sub-counties of Kakamega County.
Mixed awareness and culture that is biased towards men on ownership of land were strong views that were expressed at the commencement of the training. Notably, one of the champions stated that she sort to be recruited as a police officer 4 times so that she can protect her mother and daughter after being mistreated by her father. Another messenger stated that his uncles were fighting for his father’s land stating that he is the only son but only had a daughter who do not need land. He was so thrilled that inheritance rights were covered and that the booklet on succession steps offered would guide him.
To mitigate rampant violation of women’s right to land, and inheritance reported, the messengers were encouraged to form grassroot intervention networks that they can use to sensitize their communities at the Chief’s barazas and their respective religious units. Further, as a supportive mechanism to the training, KELIN has planned mediation forums with the champions and will recruit elders to initiate the shaping of a positive outlook on women’s land and property rights. KELIN will hold a follow-up training on social norms in Kakamega to influence equitable practices that are protective of women’s rights and the security of the family’s future.
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For more information, please contact.
Kenneth Otieno Akach
Program Officer, Women Land & Property Rights
Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV & AIDS (KELIN)
Nyalenda Railways Estate, Block 9/220
Off Nairobi Road, Opposite YMCA
P.O. Box 7708| 40100 Kisumu – Kenya