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Second Validation Session on Research Findings – Review of Court Judgments and MAJ Legal Guidance on Women’s Property Right Cases”

In partnership with the USAID/Land Project, Haguruka NGO has conducted research entitled “Review and Analysis of Primary Court Judgments and MAJ Legal Guidance Related to Women’s Property Rights and Land Rights in Rwanda”.

This research examined 200 courts judgments from 15 primary courts across the whole country between 2009 and 2014, and 25 MAJ’s legal briefs selected in 5 districts. The aim of the research was to analyze how the women’s property laws are applied.

The second validation session on research findings took place on 1st April 2016 at Umubano Hotel. This event was attended by 30 MAJ legal assistance providers from all districts, staff from Haguruka and the Deputy Chief of the LAND Project Mrs. Ailey Hughes.

In her speech, Mrs. Ailey Hughes said that the LAND project aims to strengthen the capacity of Rwandan institutions in relation to the economy, environment and social changes. Mrs. Ailey Hughes stated that the research will be used to partner with MAJ and the Supreme Court to improve justice for women and children with regards to land rights in Rwanda. She told the participants that their active participation was really needed to update the findings, and promised them that their inputs into the preliminary report will influence the final report that will be shared with all key stakeholders in the justice sector.

The National Executive Secretary of Haguruka NGO, Mrs. UMURERWA Ninette thanked LAND Project for its support and MAJ staff for their participation. She reminded the participants that the first validation was concluded on 29/01/2016 with some judges and independent lawyers; and that is was important to have another validation with MAJ Staff, since they were not present at the first validation.

After the presentation of findings and panel discussion, participants were divided into groups to expand the discussion on key issues identified by research, with the aim that the recommendations and ideas arising from these discussions would feed into the final report.

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