A World of Widows provides a global overview of the status for widowhood. Neglected by social policy researches, international human rights activists and the women's movement, the status of the world's widows - legal, social, cultural, and economic - is an urgent issue given the extent and the severity of the discrimination against them.
Margaret Own explores the process of becoming a widow; poverty and social security in the context of widowhood; differing laws and customs regarding widow's inheritance; the situation of widows who remarry and issues of sexuality and health. She also looks at the needs of specific groups of widows - refugees, older widows, child widows - and widowhood in the context of AIDS. Throughout, she shows the prevalence of discrimination against widows in inheritance rights, land ownership, custody of children, security of home and shelter, nutrition and health. The book concludes with a summary of widowhood as a human rights issues and an overview of widows themselves organising for change.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 214
Weight: 210 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 17 mm
'A fascinating and very detailed book about almost all aspects of the lives, lack of rights and in many cases systematic mistreatment of widows throughout the world...essential reading for anyone concerned with human rights and development issues' - Kate Young, Womankind Worldwide
'Written in a direct and lively style, the book engages the reader in an issue which until now has remained largely invisible... Margaret Owen succeeds in presenting a tantalizing view of widow's lives and of the complex social rules surrounding widowhood' - Martha Chen, Harvard Institute for International Development
'Widows are some of the most vulnerable women in the world. I welcome the publication of this useful book and hope it will raise awareness of their situation'. - Clare Short, MP