Training for Legal Actors on Legal Reform and Succession

Legislation should mandate training on women’s human rights and on inheritance, land and property rights in police academies and law schools. Legislation should mandate continued and regular training on these topics for lawyers, police, judges and prosecutors. Training should be developed in coordination with or carried out by organizations that work with women and widows and aim to educate legal actors about the law and sensitize them to the maltreatment of widows and discrimination against women. For example, the Zimbabwe Widows and Orphans Trust Project facilitates weekly discussions, called “Widows’ Days,” during which widows meet with judges to inform them of the challenges they face. See: Widows, Inheritance and Human Rights

Sponsored by UNIFEM, Widows for Peace Through Democracy, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), NGO side event, Report, UN Commission on the Status of Women, New York, 4 March 2005.