WIDOWS SPEAK OUT
Abuse and Discrimination
Resilience and Agency
A dossier of evidence for the attention of CEDAW
Introduction to Dossier
This ground-breaking 2020 report from WIDOWS FOR PEACE THROUGH DEMOCRACY (WPD) provides invaluable but deeply disturbing evidence of worldwide widow discrimination and abuse.
Twenty harrowing personal testimonies from individual widows in thirteen countries, each demonstrating specific types of unacceptable widow discrimination, are presented in the context of WPD’s extensively researched evidence from leading experts and NGOs.
Written as a ‘dossier’ addressed to CEDAW (the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women), this document can be used by all working to protect widows’ rights to demonstrate the urgent need for global action.
Extract from Dossier
Case Example 11 – MYANMAR
“My name is Sofara. The Rakhines and the Burmese Military surrounded our village and set fire and started to shoot people. They have shot my husband and took young girls in groups to the school and raped them. They have further hit the injured people with knife till death. Afterward they have put all the death people in a hole and burnt them with petrol. Young children were taken away from mothers and thrown into the fire and they raped the mothers. They shot my husband. But he was alive, then they beheaded him. I flew away with my three kids. Afterward I survived by collecting woods and fishing. But now I cannot even go for that because of the fight between the Arakan Army and the military. Now I work as cleaner to other people’s house. If I feed my children for a day, I cannot feed them for many days. I cannot buy them clothes in this cold weather. I cannot provide them any education and cannot give them any medical treatment”.