In Egypt, research suggests that widowed women and female heads of households constitute one third of the female population, and in Egypt’s poorest regions, that percentage actually rises to 57% of the female population.
Challenges for Widows
In 2014, The Amal Project conducted a study on beneficiary widows in its program in Minya, Egypt.
The research highlighted the following challenges widows face:
Statistics derived from The Amal Project Beneficiaries:
of Widows are between the age of 20 and 39
of widows live on less than $2.20 per day and
of them support families of 3 or more
of Egyptian households are headed by a widow or single mother
of widows surveyed could not read
of widows say they have no source of income
of widows say they would like to start a small business
of widows said they never received an opportunity to start a small business
Widows have the weakest health status of all female heads of household
Most widows cannot inherit anything from their husbands because his brothers and mail heirs block her