Project profile — Legal Empowerment of Women in the Context of HIV/AIDS

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Legal Empowerment of Women in the Context of HIV/AIDS - Overview
UN Women (XM-DAC-41146)
2010-03-18 - 2013-11-29
Country / region • Kenya (15.00%)
• Rwanda (10.00%)
• Cameroon (5.00%)
• Zimbabwe (20.00%)
• Tanzania (10.00%)
• Ghana (10.00%)
• Nigeria (5.00%)
• Malawi (5.00%)
• Uganda (20.00%)
Sector • Government And Civil Society, General
Legal and judicial development (15130) (20.00%)
• Other Social Infrastructure And Services
Social mitigation of HIV/AIDS (16064) (80.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
Description and results


The goal of this project is to improve women's access to legal, property and inheritance rights in order to reduce their vulnerabilities to HIV/AIDS. More specifically, it aims to ensure that women's rights are integrated into key policies, programs, and actions to address HIV/AIDS at the national and local levels within the HIV response through UNIFEM's civil society partners and networks. Activities may include: (1) transformation and implementation of existing legal frameworks; (2) increasing women’s access to legal support services and legal aid; and (3) monitoring and gathering information on experiences of women who face dispossession, economic insecurity, and discrimination in accessing property and inheritance.

Expected results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: knowledge about, implementation of, and scale-up of evidence-informed HIV/AIDS strategies and programs are advanced; multi-stakeholder dialogue is enhanced; accessibility and diversity of the conference is improved; and capacity of scholarship recipients to contribute to the global HIV response and to advocate for, develop, and implement effective, evidence-based HIV/AIDS interventions is enhanced.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of May 2012 include: Approximately 1,270 property and inheritance related cases were reported to, or handled by, community paralegals or community dispute resolution mechanisms, as a result of increased availability and accessibility of legal services for women living with HIV. In Tanzania, more than 400 land plots were awarded to women in six villages. In Zimbabwe, 312 women living with HIV obtained land allocations. In Kenya, over 470 women and 5,100 children at risk of disinheritance registered and obtained the necessary legal documents (such as birth certificates, death certificates, and identification cards) to secure their property rights through local registration drives. More than 3,700 duty bearers at national and local levels and over 29,000 community members gained enhanced knowledge and awareness of the need to protect women’s property and inheritance rights in the context of HIV/AIDS. More than 16,200 women living with or affected by HIV/AIDS increased their legal literacy and rights awareness through community sensitization, information dissemination and radio programmes. In addition, 900 new and existing community justice and legal services providers, including traditional rulers and law enforcement actors, gained enhanced knowledge and skills to support women’s access to property and inheritance rights in the context of HIV.



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Planned Disbursement $0
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