Women’s Inheritance Rights Project Evaluation

In 2012-2013, CEEC implemented the Promotion and Protection of Women’s Inheritance Rights Project in Central Kenya with the support of Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund (VGIF). The project which was concluded in May 2013 resulted in the enhanced capacity of 27 community leaders on issues of family law and succession as well as development of a Community Trainers Manual. On 7th January 2014, an external evaluation meeting was held at Kandara Development Office, led by Ms. Joan Omini a VGIF consultant. The meeting brought together 9 group leaders representing the 5 areas of project reach. The evaluation noted that the participants had learnt a lot from the project and they had reached out to other community members with the knowledge and skills they had gained. Overall, the project had a positive effect on the community as was evident from increased joint registration of property by married people and a reduction of property disputes. The fact that the project had male participants helped to overcome the barrier that women had in addressing men on issues of women’s rights. However, the evaluation also noted the dire need scale up the project so as to reach more community members in other parts of the project area. In addition, inclusion of a component on economic empowerment of women was highlighted as a way of complementing this kind of work.