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Human rights education changes lives in Africa

30 May 2013

Since Amnesty International began the wider Human Rights Education project in 2008 with the support of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) under the Governance and Transparency Fund, the organization has teamed up with local groups and human rights activists in countries including Mali, Benin, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Senegal, Togo, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya and Uganda to deliver dozens of human rights education workshops.

When her husband died, Alice Beti and her two children almost became homeless.

Her in-laws had taken over all of her late husband’s property and were threatening to evict them from their house in Kenya.

But one day, Alice, a community health worker, went to a meeting organized by local activists where she learned about her right to inherit part of her husband’s property under the country’s family laws. She understood that her rights had been violated and that she could do something about it.

She took her case to the tribal Paramount Chief’s court, where she challenged her in-laws and won.

The health worker now lives with her two children in their home in Shinyalu and heads Shinyalu Widows’ Group, an organization that helps other women to navigate the local judicial system.

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