Widowhood practices/ rituals are prevalent in Nigeria, the nature of these practices vary from one culture to the other,with the factor of religion playing a significant role.Generally however, widows are made to go through a series of cultural taboos that are both humiliating and dehumanizing. The socio-psychological deprivation that accompany the demise of a husband is often aggravated by these widowhood rites. Some of the socio-cultural practices have overtime attained the force of law and compliance with them regarded as automatic.A widow’s husband’s brothers can be covetous unscrupulous.”chasig off” and” property grabbing” are common everywhere in this region, and even newly reform law have been ineffective in protecting the victims. Widowhood deprive women of their home , agricultural land assets and even their children especially girls to be withdrawn from school.
Solution Engaging Ward Committee in the areas of intervention to serve as vanguard will surely bring solution .The aim is to involve both women and men who will be representatives of various communities in fostering a change in behaviour at community level.This will be i initial workshop, based on participatory approach.
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