(The following blog post is written by Mallory Minter, IPHR's first international intern.)
IPHR believes that human rights education is instrumental in creating a society defined by justice and peaceful coexistence.
IPHR also acknowledges the evident need for women’s rights education in proliferating human rights.
Women’s rights education is critical. This education lets a woman know she has legally-defensible, just options. This education is what determines, for example, whether a woman claims what is legally entitled to her after her marriage ends or whether she instead walks away with nothing, taking to the streets to make ends meet.
Thus, in quest of both augmenting justice and women’s welfare (and, on a larger scale, human welfare…after all, women’s progress is human progress), IPHR recently conducted a human rights training for widows.
During this training, widows were explained their family rights, rights to succession, and more. (To read more about women’s rights in Rwanda, select this link — page 10 is where it really gets good!)
At the end of the training, these widows were also given free consultation regarding any legal dilemmas they currently face.
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