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Health and Rights among Widows in Nepal

Principal Investigator: Pamela Surkan

Description: Since 2011 we have partnered with a Nepali NGO, Women for Human Rights, a single women group (WHR). Widows represent a marginalized subgroup in Nepali society, and suffer extensive discrimination. Using a human rights framework, we are documenting the effects of widows’ experiences on their physical and mental health, with the aim of informing programs and advocacy efforts. Qualitative research with widows identified significant barriers to accessing sexual and reproductive health care, concealment of status to protect children, extensive violence victimization, and challenges in legal entitlements, all often stemming from the confluence of limited empowerment, low education, bureaucracy, a patriarchal society and lack of support from family members.

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