Children’s property and inheritance rights in the context of HIV-AIDS in rural Zimbabwe. A case study of Umzingwane district ward 5.

Author: Zikhali,

The research was carried out to explore children’s property and inheritance rights in the context of HIV/AIDS in rural Zimbabwe. It was executed in Umzingwane District Ward 5. The objectives of the study were to explore knowledge levels held by people on children’s rights, to assess the impact of HIV/AIDS on children’s property and inheritance rights and to ascertain the determinants of the violation of children’s property and inheritance rights. Limitations of finances and time were also experienced during the course of the study. Findings showed that there is rampant violation of children’s property and inheritance rights. The major cause of this being HIV/AIDS. Other factors also closely linked to HIV/AIDS also included property, low knowledge levels on children’s property and inheritance rights and social protection measures. Recommendations were made and these were namely the need to raise awareness on these rights, to improve traditional methods of property sharing and to employ relevant social protection and laws for children’s property and inheritance right.