Betty Nanozi, a Ugandan widow. Still from the video by Kathryn Carlson and Amy Toensing. Uganda, 2016.

Widows: Loss, Land, and the Law

  • Cynthia Gorney Contributing Writer, National Geographic
  • Jon Sawyer Executive Director, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Join us for a conversation with award-winning journalist Cynthia Gorney about her Pulitzer Center-supported National Geographic project, For Widows, Life After Loss.

Worldwide, there are about 259 million widows. Nearly half live in poverty. Even where laws protect their rights, widows are sometimes mistreated.

In Uganda, as in many other parts of the world, widowhood is a sentence to a life of misery. After her husband died, Betty Nanozi was robbed of everything she owned, twice. Her cow was beaten to death. Her land was forcefully taken from her.

Gorney will be joined by Pulitzer Center executive director Jon Sawyer. They will discuss both the field research behind her project—in India and Bosnia as well as Uganda—and how that reflects patterns of discrimination that are all too common across the globe.

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