In places such as Asia and Africa, widows commonly bear the burden of stigma and discrimination, in addition to their grief. They may be blamed for their husband’s death and viewed as cursed. It’s commonplace for widows’ own families to reject them, leaving them to fend for themselves.
According to the World Bank, “In much of Africa, marriage is the sole basis for women’s access to social and economic rights, and these are lost upon divorce or widowhood.”1 The United Nations estimates there are 258 million widows worldwide and that one in 10 widows lives in extreme poverty. 2
These widows have numerous needs, including the need to be loved and cared for. GFA missionaries are helping meet these needs for widows in Asia and Africa.
Join us this month as we pray for widows and GFA’s widow ministry.
1 “Invisible and Excluded: The Fate of Widows and Divorcees in Africa.” The World Bank. January 20, 2018. https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2018/01/20/invisible-and-excluded-the-fate-of-widows-and-divorcees-in-africa.
2 “International Widows’ Day.” United Nations. Accessed August 8, 2022. https://www.un.org/en/observances/widows-day.