Widows decry hardship, task leaders on good governance, legislation, support, protection
By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
As programmes of events for the 2021 international widows’ day celebration commenced in honest in kaduna state, widows have decried hardship due to high cost of living orchestrated by rising food items.
Speaking to journalists on Saturday during a seminar organized by an NGO, ‘Wounded Not Broken (WNB) Love Foundation’, widows tasked governments at all levels on good governance and to initiate specific legislations, polices and programmes that’ll support widows, protect their interest and that of their children.
The widows, in their number, who spoke in English and Hausa in Barnawa, venue of the seminar, variously lamented that, alots of them have suffered deprivation, neglect and bulying by in-laws, and left empty to carter for their children after taken the properties of their late husbands.
Mrs. Queen A. Anekwe, Shebba John Ibrahim and the Vice chairpseon of the foundation Mrs Elizabeth Samson ssid that widows forum should be formed and supported to unable them get support to invest and train their children in schools.
They also advocated that widows’ children should be given special consideration and allowed to pay school less than others, and needed not to cry out before given statutory recognition as obtained in developed nations.
According to them, even when their children graduated from higher institutions, they’ve hardly given jobs, and even when they pay for job, they ended up not getting it and their money not returned to them because they don’t no anybody.
Most, widows, engaged in working as Nany to earn living, adding that if supported widows would do alots for themselves because some could read and write.
Earlier, the coordinator of the foundation Mrs Ogeh Nonyelum explained that the core essence of the seminar and other programmes outlined for widows ‘is to bring them together and made them to understand that they’ve not neglected or rejected and to feel belonged, so that people and government could hear their voice and support them in anyway possible.
According to her, some of their children could not go to school because of inability to afford school fees even when feeding posed them serious challenge, also adding that with support, they could do so much for themselves, been a widow herself who knows where and when it pinches them.
Other activities line up for widows day celebration according to organizer include Dinner party, medical check-up for the widows, radio sensitization, empowerment among others.