Homeless Widows of Africa

Lu, Yiren
May 2005
Skipping Stones;May-Aug2005, Vol. 17 Issue 3, p6
The article presents information on the conditions of African widows. In much of Africa, women are discriminated against in land and property ownership. In Swaziland, they are lifelong minors and depend on either their husbands or fathers for everything. In other countries such as Ghana and Zambia, women are declared equal in federal law, but the laws are rarely upheld. According to Geneva-based Centre On Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE), the denial of inheritance to thousands of widows throughout Africa leaves them homeless, destitute, violates their human rights and adds to the spread of HIV/AIDS. It is believed in some parts of African society that should women be allowed to own land and go to school, they would be encouraged to kill their husbands or rise in rebellion.


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