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HIV-Positive Widows Must Have Property Rights To Ensure ‘Safety And Survival’

The Guardian: HIV-positive widows in Kenya fight for their land rights
Gina Alvarado, gender and evaluation specialist at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)

“…The [HIV] epidemic, in combination with women’s lack of land rights, has resulted in a growing number of widows being cast aside by their families. … Despite the gravity of the situation, there are very few programs in Kenya — and around the globe — that simultaneously address securing women’s property rights and work with HIV-affected women. … Regardless of the country or context, a person’s right to property is a fundamental human right. Securing women’s right to property in Kenya, as in many other countries, is, in the end, about ensuring women’s safety and survival” (3/25).