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War Widows

War Widows

Sri Lanka has approximately 89,000 war widows although the source behind this statistics is unclear, the issues faced by them is pronounced. Some of the women are victims of early marriage, where seeking protection young women wed to ensure a formal male presence in their lives – others had husbands who were killed in Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict. With few employment opportunities, the pressures of providing for families and the lure of better income elsewhere have resulted in a number of these women and their children being abandoned by their husbands. SEPs and livelihood grants to these women seek to provide women affected by the phenomenon by providing them with grants, training, education, skills development and an opportunity to stabilize meager incomes and provide for their households with becoming further victims of poverty and abuse.