There are 245 million widowed women suffer from targeted murder, rape, prostitution, forced marriage, property theft, eviction, social isolation, and physical and psychological abuse, and that many widows are malnourished, exposed to disease, and subjected to slavery. Strict codes of dress, demeanor and diet are imposed for the remainder of their lives, often with dire consequences. It’s believed widows bring bad luck, causing them to live their lives in isolation and poverty.

It is deeply concerned that over 500 million widows’ children face child marriage, illiteracy, loss of schooling, forced labor, human trafficking, malnutrition, homelessness and rape and that 1.5 million children of widows die before their fifth birthday. The abuse and suffering of widows affects women worldwide and need recognition for widowed women and their children are particularly vulnerable to discrimination, prejudice and social isolation leading to the deprivation of their human rights and poverty.

In terms of prevalence of widowhood, India ranks among the highest in the world. According to the 1991 census there are 33 million widows all over India – 8 percent of the total female population and 50 percent of the female population over the age of 50.  According to the 2001 census there are over 34 million widows in India. Many of these widows still live in conditions of social, economic and cultural deprivation. Deprivations that cause mortality rates for widows to be a shocking 85 percent higher amongst widows than among married women. 51 percent of widows have rights to a share in their husband’s land. But these rights are often violated in practice by brothers-in-law.

Community Care Trust (CCT), has touched many lives of our young widows in the last five years in more than fifty villages.  They are certainly the most vulnerable, marginalised and powerless group who need our recognition and support. CCT has truly changed their lives and made a huge difference in the recent past. CCT brought more than 250 widows together under a new paradigm “Thalirgal” and mobilized them with their own network to regain their self-esteem. CCT has offered them training and seminars to analyze their own fears and helped them to move forward against customs and traditions that are hostile towards them for centuries. By forming them as Self-Help groups, CCT has initiated programs and projects that would empower them to achieve self-sustenance.  For the last five years, CCT has been closely in touch with them and offered them hope and dignity in building 38 homes and in setting up some business to make their living. Through microfinance, CCT has helped them with a loan of 30 lakh to support their economy, education and development. CCT is hopeful of achieving more success in the future if people of good will from all over the country could extend their kindness and support.


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