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Title:Confronting Difficult Circumstances: The Case of Masvingo Widows
Author:Muzvidziwa, Victor NgonidzasheISNI
Year:2000
Periodical:SAFERE: Southern African Feminist Review (ISSN 1024-9451)
Volume:4-5
Issue:2-1
Pages:73-91
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Subjects:female-headed households
widows
Cultural Roles
Marital Relations and Nuptiality
Sex Roles
gender
Heads of households
Poverty alleviation
Survival strategies
women
External link:https://www.ajol.info/index.php/safere/article/view/23931
Abstract:The aim of this paper is to investigate the circumstances of widows as female heads of households in the town of Masvingo in southern Zimbabwe. Far from passively accepting their fate, the widows devise all sorts of coping mechanisms to try to escape the poverty in which they have to live, albeit not very successfully. They suffer high stress levels, but this does not deter them from making positive attempts to improve their position. So far, as a social group widows have attracted little scientific attention in urban socioeconomic studies but they form a crucial entity, worthy of proper attention, especially at a time when AIDS is making such inroads into the population. Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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