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NGO supports widows to enhance economic independence, self-empowerment

“Let us stand together in solidarity with widows around the world.’’

• June 27, 2024

A non-governmental organisation, The Helpline Social Support Initiative, has said it’s mobilising support for widows in the Federal capital Territory, Abuja, in their journey toward economic independence and self-empowerment.

The President of the NGO, Dr Jumai Ahmadu, stated this in Abuja on Wednesday, during a skills exhibition and charity sales, organised by the initiative to commemorate the 2024 International Widows Day.

Ms Ahmadu, represented by the organisation’s Project Manager, Arome Onoja, said that the event was organised to celebrate the talents and resilience of widows.

“We are here to celebrate the strength and resilience of widows, who in spite of facing immense challenges and grief have emerged as beacons of hope and agents of positive change. Today, as we showcase the skills and creativity of widows, let us not only admire their craftsmanship but also recognise the crucial role they play in promoting peace and democracy within their communities.

“By purchasing their products and promoting their skills, we are not just investing in their future but also acknowledging their ability to contribute meaningfully to society,” she said.

She added, “As we engage in the charity sales today, I urge each one of you to support these widows not just with your purchases, but also by spreading awareness about their skills and advocating their rights. Let us stand together in solidarity with widows around the world and work towards creating a more inclusive, peaceful and democratic society for all.”

She pointed out that widows have a unique perspective and a powerful voice that could contribute to fostering harmony, understanding, and inclusion in society.

According to her, their stories will inspire the organisation to strive for a more just, equitable, and peaceful world for all.

She stated, “We firmly believe that peace and democracy are essential pillars for the empowerment and well-being of widows around the world. As we mark the 2024 International Widows Day, let us reflect on the importance of inclusion, diversity, and gender equality in building a more harmonious and democratic society. Widows bring a unique perspective and experience to the table, and it is crucial that their voices are heard and valued in decision-making processes at all levels.”

Ms Ahmadu pledged that her organisation would continue to provide widows with the resources, support, and opportunities they need to thrive and participate fully in their communities.

She added that by empowering widows, “we are not only promoting gender equality but also advancing the cause of peace, democracy, and social justice.”

One of the beneficiaries from Gwagwalada Area Council, Hajara Muhammad, thanked the organisation for the support to enable widows to survive and thrive.

Also, a widow living in Area 1, Garki, Kande Malam, said that Helpline Social Support Initiative helped her with the needed financial resources to start a snack business.

She said, “We started with a small measure of sesame seed and eventually diversified into production of duvet, liquid soap, and air freshener among other products.’’

The widow called for more support from government and well-meaning Nigerians to come up with initiatives that would encourage and empower widows.


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