Woman weeh E Don Lose E Massa

The Charter for Widows Rights demands the elimination of all discrimination against widows, within the family and in community life. Non-state actors – such as family members – may not justify the abuse of widows on the grounds of custom.

Discrimination against and abuse of widows, of all ages, occurs across a wide spectrum of cultures, religions, ethnic groups, regions, irrespective of the economic or educational status of the women subject to this oppression

Traditions make up the fabric of everyday life in many parts of Africa. Cameroon is no exception. Many communities, especially tribal and nomadic in nature, still follow deeply rooted customs and tradition. Many are based on misogynistic practices due in part, to a desire to maintain the community’s socio-economic and political status quo. Life, death and the after-life tend to be common underlying themes to all societies. Those beliefs and stories that have been passed on from one generation to the next, keeping certain practices alive.

For the communities of Cameroon’s North-West region, widowhood is a socially recognized state with attendant rites and rituals, which are seen both as sacred and despised by those who undergo or bear witness to this traditional rite.

In this light, CAEPA Cameroon contracted LALIG TO PRODUCE A RADIO PLAY, WOMAN WEEH E DON LOSE E MASSA. We decided to produce the play e pidgin because we wanted to make sure that the majority of the people in the community to get to listen to the message therein. It was syndicated in 12 radio stations in the country.