MAKING A DIFFERENCE
"I and my children were beaten and kicked out of our house by the brothers-in-law.
We live by begging, in continual fear”
This is the fate of millions of widows : traditional customs in sub-Saharan Africa can
lead to dire poverty and abuse of widows and their children. Widows lose their homes, possessions, livelihood,
as well as their children to their husband's family.
Even when laws exist to prevent the abuse of widows, ignorance of the law or cultural habits, impede access
or implementation of legal remedies. WRI works with local partners at grassroots levels for social justice
and human rights for widows.
of making a difference was sent to us by our partner organisation
in Northern Ghana. By bringing together local Chiefs, village headmen
and other men of influence to listen to the traumatic events widows
in the local area have to suffer, the organisation was able to convince
these important people to bring to an end harmful practices such
as a widow being forced to drink the water her husband's corpse
was washed in.