Widows and Widowhood: From rites to rights

Widows and Widowhood: From rites to rights



The phenomenon of barbaric widowhood rites practices has severely retarded gender equality development perspectives between men and women within traditional societies. The nature of both psychological and physical damages suffered by the widow because of the unfortunate loss of her husband is very appalling and highly detrimental to her health and the expected development potentials of most local women within traditional societies.

In part to address some of the issues at stake, this book highlights some exemplary cases of barbaric widowhood rites practices. It makes reflections on their prejudicial factors which contradict guide principles within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR); the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Against Women (CEDAW); and the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women and the Declaration on the Right to Development. It as well duly pin-points the obligations of public authorities and public institutions towards the respect of widows’ and their orphan children’s rights as part and parcel of their duty responsibilities.

As well, the literature advises unfortunate widows on what to do when their rights are being infringed-on. It exposes the outright consequences that could affect the human development perspective of concerned communities, and supports MAHSRA’s call on individual consciences within community responsibilities to intervene and put an end to such inhumane widowhood rites.

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