On 20th April 2016 at Ninzi Hill Hotel in Kigali, Haguruka brought together thirty MAJ assistance providers reflecting all districts for one day of training. This followed Haguruka conducting research on “REVIEW AND ANALYSIS OF PRIMARY COURT JUDGEMENTS AND MAJ LEGAL GUIDANCE RELATED TO WOMEN’S PROPERTY RIGHTS AND LAND RIGHTS IN RWANDA” and identifying the gaps in their judgment decisions.
In the opening remarks, the National Executive Secretary of Haguruka, Ms. UMURERWA Ninette welcomed the participants, and described the research conducted by Haguruka that formed the basis of the training sessions.
This training was based on the assessment conducted by Haguruka in collaboration with USAID/Land Project, that examined the extent to which MAJ officers understand and apply existing legal provisions protecting and promoting the rights of women and children in cases related to divorce, inheritance, succession and land. The training helped to assess the levels of knowledge and abilities of the selected MAJ officers in applying the gendered legal framework on issues brought before them and more specifically their interpretation of Rwandan laws on land, property, succession, inheritance, and divorce. The training served also to increase the knowledge and abilities of the MAJ officers in applying gendered legal frameworks and writing briefs in cases involving gendered legal frameworks.
In her speech, Deputy Chief of Party of the LAND Project Ailey Hughes stated that the LAND project was delighted to being with MAJ assistance providers for the one day training hosted by Haguruka. She said that the Land Project aimed to strengthen the resilience of Rwandan citizens, communities and institutions in order to respond to economic, social and environmental changes.
The guest of honor was MUGABO Frank who represented the access to justice unit in the Ministry of Justice. He saluted the work that had been done and thanked the researcher together with Hagaruka. He highlighted that the Ministry of Justice has established MAJ as institution to bring access justice to vulnerable people. He stated that the research has taught them that there is still a lot to cover and it is important to have such kind of training in order to see how identified gaps and weaknesses can be corrected.