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Widows' are one of the most vulnerable groups in Africa and are faced with multiple conflicting social challenges. One of the major challenges faced by widows in Sierra Leone is financial difficulty.
85% of widows report a variety of financial problems.
A large number experience financial difficulties in meeting the basic needs of children such as:
Financial and mental strains to maintain previous living standards.
Responsibility to pay back loans taken by their husbands.
In addition to the financial burden, a widows status is defined by a diverse group of interrelated & inter-sectional factors:
“Levi-rate Marriage Tradition” is a practice that forces a widow to marriage the surviving brother or leaves with nothing.
“Deprivation of Widows’ Inheritance Right” is enabled by the husbands’ relatives leaving widows with no inheritance.
Becoming isolated from their families & communities and are left responsible for the care and support of the children with no safety net.
Across a wide spectrum of countries, religions and ethnic groups, a woman is left destitute when her husband dies.
Their poverty is often made worse by little or no access to credit or other economic resources, and by illiteracy or lack of education.
Without education and training, widows cannot support themselves or their families.
In several post-conflict and disaster situations, high numbers of children depend on widowed mothers – often aged women, sometimes children themselves – as their sole support. Many Widowed grandmothers are also left caring for orphaned and sick grandchildren.