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The Pain Of Being A Widow In Africa

The Pain Of Being A Widow In Africa

“We got a letter from the mine telling us that the mine was going to close and my husband was to stop going to work with immediate effect.” When their spouses die women tend to suffer the most. Housewives are the most affected, when their working spouse die they are left with nothing and sometimes […]

Caring For Widows -The Pain, The Guilt, The Journey

Caring For Widows -The Pain, The Guilt, The Journey

I helped set up International Widows Day after seeing the harsh injustices endured by my mother when she became a young widow When my mother was widowed at the age of 37 following my father’s death from tuberculosis her grief was compounded by a cruel social stigma that she endured her whole life. That was […]

Widows And Rebel Wives Unite To Rebuild Scarred Communities

Widows And Rebel Wives Unite To Rebuild Scarred Communities

At the entrance to a round mud and elephant-grass hut in rural northern Uganda, Rose Lamwaka, 58, pauses and looks up at the ceiling of her new dwelling as if she cannot quite believe it is really there. After her old home was burned down in a fire, a group of 15 local women built […]

Female Lawyers Seek Protection For Widows

Female Lawyers Seek Protection For Widows

Governments at all levels have been called upon to put policies in place to protect widows from external family members, obnoxious and ill-treatment, as well as set up counseling department to take care of widows’ emotional and psychological state. The International Federation of Female lawyers (FIDA), Eket coordinator, Mojisola Tijani, made this known in an […]

Thousands of Kenyan Single Mothers, Widows Use Mobile Money To Escape Poverty

Thousands of Kenyan Single Mothers, Widows Use Mobile Money To Escape Poverty

Almost 200,000 Kenyan households, many headed by poor, rural women, have lifted themselves out of poverty using mobile money services, experts said on Thursday, calling for the technology to be introduced in other developing countries. The impact was most dramatic among single mothers who used M-Pesa, a text message-based mobile payment system, after switching from […]

Malawi: Widows Of Hope Africa Urges Malawi Widows To Be Independent

Malawi: Widows Of Hope Africa Urges Malawi Widows To Be Independent

Lilongwe based local charity organisation, Widow’s Hope Africa has urged the country’s widows to be independent. Widows of Hope Africa director, Elizabeth Banda was speaking in Lilongwe during the training session of widows based in the area of Chinsapo in Lilongwe. “As widows, you can venture into business and live a successful life without begging, […]

This Woman Survived the Rwandan Genocide and Inspired Change in Her Community

This Woman Survived the Rwandan Genocide and Inspired Change in Her Community

Sitting under the shade of the acacia trees in Nyaruguru, Rwanda, 52-year-old Caritas Mukagatana lists every member of her family killed in the 1994 genocide that claimed the lives of nearly 800,000 people in just 100 days. “I had a large family but out of that large family only me, two of my children, and my […]