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Epidemic of Widowhood
Addressing Widowhood is Critical to Achieving the 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.

DISINHERITANCE
  • Prevented from inheriting her rightful assets, including things she herself 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 TRADITIONAL PRACTICES
  • Subjected to cleansing rites including cutting, and scarring
  • Subjected to intense sexual violence

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

SLAVERY- SDG 8

EXTREMISM – SDG10

SHELTER – SDG 11

NO ACCESS TO JUSTICE – SDG 16