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Curtailing Harmful Widowhood Practices in Nigeria: The Librarian's Information Tool as a Veritable Strategy

Ilo, Promise Ifeoma and Segun-Adeniran, Chidi D. (2013) Curtailing Harmful Widowhood Practices in Nigeria: The Librarian's Information Tool as a Veritable Strategy. A Journal of Library and Informat~on Science A bi-annual Journal on Practices and Research in Library and Information Science in Africa. pp. 112-123. ISSN 2276-7223

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This study examined the librarian and use of information as a tool in curtailing various harmful widowhood practices· in Nigeria. Prominent among these practices are sitting and sleeping on the floor, shaving of hair, drinking the water used in washing corpse, sleeping with corpse and jumping over corpse among others. Widows adhere to these practices to preserve tradition, as a proof of innocence and to attract love from dead husband and relations. Effects on widows range from psychological to health challenges, poverty and death. The paper further discusses information as a tool that the librarian can implore to bring such harm fit! practices to the fur, inform widows about their rights, including various non-governmental organizations interested in their affairs and to educate the perpetrators on the evil effects of such practices. It concludes by advising the Ministry of Women Affairs to encourage the formation of Widows' Association as a way of creating widows' visibility. The Government is also enjoined to use its position to protect Nigerian widows from molestation in the name oftraditional practices

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: widowhood practices, information tool, Nigeria
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Education
Depositing User: Mr Solomon Bayoko
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2015 22:35
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2015 12:16

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