Widows and Orphans Development Foundation


Why widow empowerment?

When widows are denied the right to access, own, control or inherit property and the land they live on, it is a violation of their rights. When these women and their children are evicted from their homes because their husbands have died, it is a violation of their rights. When a lack of savings means a lack of health care for themselves and education for their children and grandchildren, it is a violation of their rights. And enduring traditional practices directed at widows, which are inhumane and degrading, is a serious violation of their human rights" (UNFPA, 2011).

The quote above summarises the challenges that widows and their children face after the death of their husbands particularly in developing countries and why we need to empower them.

The plight of widows is a hidden issue in many developing countries. Millions of widows and their children have become the poorest of the poor, often invisible, forgotten and unheard. The challenges faced by widows have largely been invisible to policymakers and the public in general. Their children also have to endure poverty, loss of schooling, child labour, and other forms of deprivation.

Latest news

New website

We have a new website! Now we can explain even better why it is so important that attention is paid to the Widows and Orphans. When widows are …

Commends WODF for its work in rural Tanzania

The Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania to the Kingdom of The Netherlands Her Excellency Irene F. Mkwawa Kasyanju has commended the …

WODF commemorates the International Widows Day

The Widows and Orphans Development Foundation (WODF) is set to commemorate the International Widows Day on 23rd June 2022 in The Hague in an event …


Our Work

The Widows and Orphans Development Foundation (WODF) was established in order to complement efforts being undertaken by various actors to address …


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