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Foundation Urges Govt To Uphold Widows’ Rights

Posted: Jun 16, 2016 at 6:08 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chinyere Abiaziem

Lagos – To end discrimination and violent practices against widows, a non-governmental organisation, Rose of Sharon Foundation (ROSF), has called on government to implement the law that seeks to uphold the rights of widows in Nigeria.

The call was made at a press briefing held by ROSF on Monday in Surulere, Lagos, to mark this year’s International Widows’ Day celebration, with the theme  “Widows’ Economic Empowerment and Political Participation: A call to Action.”

In her address, Mrs Folorunso Alakija, ROSF founder, bemoaned the inefficacy of the law protecting widows from being  violated, which was recently passed by the National Assembly.

She said the law, which came as an offshoot of last year’s stakeholders’ forum, where some practical actionable recommendations to end discrimination and violent practices against widows were proffered, was yet to be effective, as widows were still being denied their rights, subjected to harmful traditional practices and other violent acts.

Talking about this year’s International Widows’ Day, Alakija said: “Each year, ROSF works with state governments, Federal Government, their agencies, CSOs, NGOs, and private sectors to ensure every widow’s right is upheld in our society, as the theme of this year implies, ‘Widows’ Economic Empowerment and Political Participation: A Call to Action.’

“International Widows’ Day falls within ROSF’s Advocacy Programme; this year, ROSF is bringing together notable voices in a panel of discussants to advocate more economic empowerment and political participation for widows who wish to run for political office.

“We will also have a medical enlightenment campaign, which includes a health talk on depression and free medical consultation and checks, with free drugs, to address different illnesses for widows and their children. We have a good number of volunteer medical doctors and nurses who will attend to them.”

Highlighting the foundation’s achievements so far, ROSF noted that it has helped in the areas of enterprise development training, micro-credit scheme, skills acquisition and vocational training skills for widows and their children as well as financial rewards and master’s degree scholarship for best graduating students.

However, to further bring smiles to the faces of widows and orphans, ROSF is seeking partnership with corporate entities, government agencies and individuals in providing assistance for information technology services or supplies, educational supplies, health care services and enterprises development training.