Dianah Kamande, is the founder of Cometogether widows and orphans organization which also supports survivors of Gender Violence speaking in the burial of the late Salome Mukuhi who was burned using petrol by her husband.
Dianah insisted on breaking the Culture of silence on Gender Based violence issues and encouraged people to speak out. She further explained the cycle of violence.
Widowhood is highly associated with Gender Based Violence in many ways and the major contributing factors are the harmful traditional practices dominant in our societies. Widows are highly vulnerable to violence some immediately after the husband’s death with the relatives and wider community as the perpetrators. The most common types of violence are physical and verbal abuse, social expulsion and forced re-marriage (inheritance). The cause of violence against widows is the fact that together with their children, widows are viewed as an economic burden and sometimes are seen as the reason to their husband’s death.
The following are some of the challenges facing widows;