23 June 2021 By Remi Johnson
To mark the International Widow’s Day in the FCT, Government at all levels have been called upon to upscale widows welfare by implementation of policies and programmes that would protect them from any form of maltreatment.
President, Helpline Foundation for the Needy, Dr.Jumai Ahmadu, in collaboration with Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ and “Make A Difference for the Needy Foundation” made the call at a forum organised to empower 400 widows in various skills in Abuja.
The 400 widows drawn from the six area councils of the territory, Nasarawa and Niger states, were taught how to make confectioneries, fascinators, sanitary materials and bead making.
Dr Ahmadu who reiterated the commitment of Helpline Foundation in making widows more productive in the society, said this would help them overcome the multifaceted problems facing them across the federation.
Speaking on this year’s theme:”Invisible Women, Invisible Problems” Dr Ahmadu said:
“… we are here today in ensuring that widows are not only empowered, but are made visible to policy makers. Helpline Foundation and other critical stakeholders have come together to support the widows and provide them with starter packs to begin a business in the skill they have acquired. “.
Also speaking, the National chairperson of NAWOJ, Comrade Ladi Bala and Comrade Annah Daniel, while empathizing with the widows, encouraged them to take advantage of the training to gain financial freedom.
They also used the medium to appeal to journalists to give visibility to the plight of the widows in their reportage.
Also, the Founder ” Make a Difference For The Needy Foundation” Mariya Ogbonanya- Ngwo called on well meaning Nigerians to always support the less privileged in the society no matter how little.
Some participants who could not hide their joy, prayed God to bless the organisers in all their endeavors.
Highpoint of the event was the presentation of starter packs to participants .