UAWC’s Workshop on Women's Right to Inheritance
UAWC held a workshop entitled "Women's Right to Inheritance" on Tuesday in the village of Arraba, Jenin. A total of 90 participants attended the workshop under the scope of the ‘inclusive access to and sustainable management of land and water resources’ project, which is implemented by UAWC in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and funded by the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The workshop was organized with the support of the municipality of Arraba, in cooperation with La Via Campesina Palestine and the Union of Palestinian Women's Committees (UPWC). Mr. Abdulkarim Al-Daqqa, representing the municipality of Arraba, and Mr. Mustafa Amarna, director of the Technical Department at the Agriculture Directorate in Jenin, attended the workshop. Both welcomed participants and affirmed the importance of the workshop in raising awareness about women's right to inheritance in the Palestinian society, which is a fundamental right for women and should not be considered as a mere favor granted to women as a means of control. The workshop included a presentation by UAWC consultant and lawyer Udai Nofal on the legal procedures that must be followed to ensure that women receive their inheritance. In addition, atty Ahlam Daraghmeh ran a session on how the land settlement project ensures women's right to inheritance, as the project requires the signature of all heirs, and thus the consent and signature of women. The presentations were followed by an open discussion in which the attendees were able to ask questions and voice their inputs. This in turn required some clarification from the specialists present at the workshop, who reiterated the importance of these workshops, as most women are not knowledgeable about the required legal procedures to safeguard their inheritance. The director of the project, Eng. Majed Nasser, underlined that this women’s right is constantly violated, instigating social problems, disintegration of families, and disrupts social cohesion in societies. As such, it is crucial to raise awareness about women's rights in general and their right to inheritance. Mr. Nasser stressed that this responsibility falls on the whole society in order to guarantee that rights are not violated, and social cohesion is maintained. This workshop is organized under the scope of a campaign launched by UAWC on women’s right to inheritance, which includes a series of awareness lectures and various activities set to raise awareness about inheritance and women’s rights.