We bring you the first edition of Emthonjeni Women’s Forum’s Asinathisaneni Newsletter. It will give you a glimpse into how women in Insiza are taking action to influence policy. Read on!
Women take action to influence policy and secure rights through lobby, advocacy, and strategic litigation in Insiza District Advocacy women from Insiza have taken the lead to lobby and advocate for their rights in their communities. The women have taken the lead in owning productive assets and properties in their communities. Traditionally women were discouraged from securing properties and own assets, as such Emthonjeni Women’s Forum has stepped in to help realise the importance Of securing assets and registering them in their names.
Siphiwe Mlotshwa* aged 52 from Inyozane village got married at a very young age and was of the view that her partner will take care of all her needs. She was not allowed to work or gain any source of income. The income the husband realised was managed only by him and was mostly misused. “The property rights training awakened in me a realization ofthe need to be self-sufficient to better able to help in improving our lives” she said. After subsequent trainings Siphiwe Mlotshwa has managed to purchase livestock registered in her name. This has contributed to a change in her lifestyle as before she would fail to pay fees for her children but with these cows, she is able to let them for hire to plough and that money helps pay school fees for her children.
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Source: Emthonjeni Women’s Forum