Monday, 5 July 2021

Group seek Inclusion of Widows in National Policies formation

Ukpa Ewa|July 5, 2021

AWKA - as a panacea for the numerous challenges faced by widows in Nigeria, women under the aegis of Virtuous Widows International Foundation has advocated for widows inclusion in national polices formation. 

This according to Lady Ifeanyinwa Egbosiuba, founder of the group, will help the Nation properly capture and cater for the needs of the over 3.5 million widows in the country. 
Making her submission at the International Widows day marked on Saturday in Awka, Lady Ifeyinwa said that widows were invisible to policy makers when they draw up national policies to address the problems of citizens.

According to her, the over 258 million  worldwide and the 3.5 million widows resident in Nigeria are always being ignored by policy makers not minding the repeal effect of such abandonment. 

"Policies are made to focus more on common citizens, laborers, jobless youths and suffering segments of the society and widows are not considered worthy to be discussed in policy making meetings".

Mrs. Ifeyinwa Egbosiuba while demanding the International Widow's day be made a state celebration further called for the abolishment of traditional rites cum practices that violates widowhood.
Addressing women inline with United Nation (UN) topic " Invisible Women, Invisible Problems" Wife of the Governor, Dr. Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano said the theme was a reminder to stakeholders to act by making the problems of widow visible in communities.

Dr. Obiano who was represented by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Social Re-Orientation Dr. Mitchelle Onugbolu advised widows to be proactive in seeking people that will aid solve their challenges.

She however urged women who were yet to get their valid voters card  to avail themselves in the online Pre- registration exercise ongoing ahead of the November 6, 2021 election in the state. 

The International Widows day is observed every June, 23rd globally.