widow cleansing

wid·ow cleans·ing

(wid'ō klenz'ing),
A ritualized dissolution of the bond of the spirit of a dead man with his wife, through her submission to sexual intercourse with one of his living relatives; common in some sub-Saharan cultures.
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WIDOW CLEANSING When a woman's husband passes away, in some cultures, the wife is to be cleansed from the husband's spirit.
Some of the problems women still face in some parts of the country are girls' initiation, arranged or forced marriages of girls, rape before and during marriage, widow cleansing and inheritance issues.
Widow Cleansing, Inheritance and Property Ownership
For example women are now talking openly about the wrongs of polygamy, or sikenge or widow cleansing.
Other practices involve 'cleansing' and cutting women's bodies, such as widow cleansing and scarification.
Review customary laws and enact laws that protect women and girls from harmful and oppressive cultural practices and beliefs that infringe on the rights and dignity of women and children, such as sexual readiness testing/forced sex, violent initiation practices, polyamy, child marriages, widow inheritance and widow cleansing.
She emphasised, "we need cultural change that condemns all forms of sexual coercion and violence, be they a part of initiation practices, incest, female genital mutilation, widow cleansing, widow inheritance, lobola, child marriages, or forced marriages.