Human rights violations affecting Nepali widows and their children

Dates

Start Date: 04/15/2011
End Date: 04/15/2012

Nepal has experienced an unprecedented increase in the number of widows due to the prolonged insurgency ending in 2006. Upon losing their husbands, widows experience a dramatic shift in their social and economic status. Widows are among the most socially and economically marginalized groups in Nepal and are frequently subject to physical and mental abuse. Widows often are also denied basic rights such as mobility, nutrition and healthcare. Our study aims to qualitatively explore the relationship between human rights and health in Nepali widows and their children. In-depth interviews and focus group discussions will identify human rights that are commonly non-protected or violated among widows in Nepal and explore the health effects of these human rights violations on the women and their children. The study will be conducted in collaboration with Women for Human Rights (WHR), an organization specifically for widows and single women that counts 41,000 widows as members and sponsors 425 support groups across 68 districts of Nepal.

Katmandu, Nepal

People

Robert Bollinger Jr., MD MPH

Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE); Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Global...

Caitlin Kennedy, PhD MPH,BA

Co-Director, MPH concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health; Associate Director, Center for Qualitative...

Stefan Baral, MD MPH,MBA,MSc

Director, Key Populations Program

Noreen Hynes, MD MPH

Director, Geographic Medicine Center of the Division of Infectious Diseases

Yukari C. Manabe, MD

Associate Director of Global Health Research and Innovation

Joanne Katz, ScD MS,BSc

Associate Chair, Director of Academic Programs
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