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Child widows research - please can you help by answering the following 5 questions

Mohinder NGO Founder
Posted November 21, 2018 from Switzerland

Please answer these 5 questions in World Pulse or reply privately to: actiononchildmarriage@gmail.com by 20 December 2018.
It does not matter if you cannot answer all questions.
Questions:
1 Are you aware of the child widows issue or not?
2 If you are aware, then how did you get your information about child widows; were you a child widow yourself, do you know someone who is, do you know NGOs who support child widows, because child widows exist in your country/region, etc ?
3 If you have direct contact with child widows, what kinds of support do these child widows need?
4 What are your suggestions for addressing the issue of child widows at the local, national and international level?
5 Do you think there is enough information readily available about child widows or is more information needed?
Concrete information from you can help convince the UN to take notice and influence the lives of millions of vulnerable young girls.
Many thanks for your help.
Mohinder Watson

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Tamarack Verrall
Nov 25, 2018
Nov 25, 2018

1. I am aware of the issue.
2. My awareness was raised by stories in WorldPulse.
3. I have no direct contact.
4. Internationally pressing for all governments to have a welfare system in place to provide a liveable income to any child widow, to work actively against social discrimination and to provide free education as a basic human right for all children.
5. More information is needed to draw attention to child widows, in the context of the basic human right to survival, and compensation for the lack of right for every person male and female to choose his or her own life.

Mohinder NGO Founder

Many thanks for your reply. I am running rate with the publication of the report but have received some good responses which will help our advocacy efforts.
best
Mohinder

florence kekong
Mar 19
Mar 19

1.Yea, I am aware of child widow.
2. I discovered a water seller who was suffering so I decided to interview her. She was married off to a much elder man when she was just 13 years old
I was not a child widow.
Somewhere in India, I read on World Pulse about Child widow.
Yes, I know Jennifer Ejemot Ejah. I once wrote a story on her on World Pulse.
Sure, I do know of NGOs that work on child widow. It exits in my Country.
3.The support they need is vocational training and adult and non- formal education.
4. Awareness creation/Sensitization and Community mobilization to trigger influential community people to fight against it. for rhe fight against Child widow and the need to offer themall round psycho-social support.

5. Not enough information on the dangers of child widow. Information is needed to deal with this ugly practice

Mohinder NGO Founder

Dear Florence,
Many thanks for your response, it is helpful to understand how many people are aware of child widows. If you know of organisations who support child widows in Nigeria I would be very interested to know who they are as it could be very helpful to ask them how they support child widows. You can contact me here or through our NGO website at: actiononchildmarriage@gmail.com
Can I ask you please more specifically how you know about child widows and where in Nigeria?
Many thanks
Mohinder