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Why Widows?

The epidemic of widowhood

Addressing widowhood is critical to achieving sustainable development goals.
Disinheritance, Discrimination and Harmful Traditional Practices endured by widows not only result in the direct link between widowhood and poverty (SDG1), but widowhood is directly and tragically linked to most of the SDGs. Global Fund for Widows maintains that we CANNOT achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the Agenda 2030, without securing the rights of widows.

Widowhood is Connected
to the SDGs

  • FOOD INSECURITY – SDG 2
  • POOR HEALTH – SDG 3
  • HIV/AIDS – SDG 3
  • POOR EDUCATION – SDG 4
  • CHILD MARRIAGE – SDG 5
  • CHILD WIDOWHOOD – SDG 5
  • HUMAN TRAFFICKING- SDG 8
  • EXTREMISM – SDG 10
  • SHELTER – SDG 11
  • NO ACCESS TO JUSTICE – SDG 16

Rights violations

In the developing world, widows suffer 3 main violations of their rights:
Disinheritance
  • Prevented from rightful inheritance, including things brought into marriage or contributed during married years
  • May become part of estate and inherited herself
Discrimination
  • Prevented from accessing rights
  • Prevented government entitlements
  • No access to justice
  • Social stigma, shame, & taboo
Harmful practices
  • Subjected to cleansing rites including cutting, and scarring
  • Subjected to intense sexual violence
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