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Community Monitoring Groups

Monitoring Groups, sometimes known as WatchDog Groups or Vigilance Committees, is an collective approach to community justice. Monitoring groups emerged when Kenyan groups organized to name and redress the asset- and property-stripping experienced when husbands or fathers died from HIV-AIDS. WatchDog volunteers vigilantly monitor, document and protect the assets of widows and orphans. This collective community action empowers women to challenge cultural norms that are damaging their welfare. Community Monitoring Groups can be used in other situations where a woman’s rights may be at risk such as monitoring land and property rights of indigenous and grassroots communities.