In another landmark step, the leaders of the widow’s association agreed to take on the role of mediator between widows and local authorities.
These commitments are important steps towards ensuring fair treatment of grieving widows in accordance not only with national laws but also with basic human rights.
Under these circumstances many resort to handing over custody of their children to groups claiming to provide free education or paid work.
These are not always honest claims and children may become lost in the child trafficking network.
For widowed women in Cameroon’s Northwest Region, losing your husband often also means losing your property rights, your home, land, and sometimes even your children.