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International Widows Day: NGO seeks policy on widows’ welfare

By Grace Alegba

The Touch of Love and Lifting Hands Foundation, an NGO for the welfare of widows, the elderly and the less privileged, on Wednesday renewed calls for a national policy to improve the welfare of widows.

Foundation CEO / Founder Ms Atinuke Owolabi spoke out against severe widowhood practices and other violations of widow rights in Nigeria during a program marking International Widows Day in Ifako Ijaye, Lagos.

Owolabi said most widows became poor after losing their spouses to injustice, adding that some of them were typically denied inheritance, land rights, evicted from their homes, ostracized and abused.

She said the children of widows were also not immune to hard times, which made them vulnerable to abuse.

Owolabi said the theme for International Widows Day 2021, “Invisible Women, Invisible Problems,” denotes invisible challenges and the neglect they suffer from society.

She called on policy makers at all levels of government to formulate policies and laws targeting the specific needs of widows by creating jobs for them and addressing other issues that would improve their well-being.

“International Widows Day aims to encourage action aimed at securing all rights of widows, highlighting the need for more research and statistics on violence, discrimination and poverty suffered by widows and for policy development. and programs to solve the problem, ”she said.

According to her, the ultimate goal of the celebration is to develop resources and policies to empower widows and give them access to education, work, health care and a life free from violence and abuse.

“Enable them to create a life for themselves and their children after the death of their husbands and end a cycle of poverty and abuse.

“On this note, we call on our respective local and national legislatures, executives and judiciaries to enact, enforce and interpret legislation that will ensure a secure future for widows in our society,” she said.

Owolabi, a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and former CPA presidential candidate in Ifako Ijaye, advised widows across the country to stand firm, resilient and hopeful, assuring that things would improve for them.

She announced an upgrade of the NGO’s facilities in its daycare center for the elderly, widows and the less privileged.

She said the daycare provides three free meals, recreational activities and daily health checks for the elderly and widows and urged residents of Lagos to take advantage of the facility to help the elderly and widows to do so. in the face of boredom and loneliness. (NAA)

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