#Widows Day: Foundation embarks on awareness walk in Anambra

The Widows Forum of Nigeria and Diaspora Incorporation has staged an awareness walk in commemoration of the 2019 International Widows Day in Anambra State on Monday.

The awareness walk which started at Paul University Awka and ended at Eke- Awka market roundabout has placards with inscriptions like “widows are human beings, stop maltreating them,” “love and appreciate a widow,” “give helping hand to a widow,” among others.

The widows came out in their numbers and with praises to God who saw them throughout the year as they appear in their uniforms.

Speaking to newsmen, the founder of the group, Barrister Chicago Jonny -Obineme said that they embarked on the awareness walk to re-echo the campaign that the fundamental rights of widows should be protected and upheld as well as repeat the call to stop exposing widows to obnoxious practices, dehumanization, and humiliation, stating that when a husband dies, the wife should be catered for and not punished.

She noted that those cultures that infringe on widows rights should be abolished even as she encouraged widows facing dehumanization to report to them so that they will take the matter to court as they have legal backing.

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One of the members of the group, Dr Nneka Aniagor on her part, said that they are out to be heard as some people take advantage of widows by denying them their rights, stating that widowhood is not the end of the world but another dimension in life, advising widows to pray fervently and nurture their children to become useful citizens.

For Mrs. Amaka Umeh, widows should be supported by family members, friends and relations and frowned at some widows who engage in irresponsible acts because of their condition, urging them to engage themselves in meaningful activities for respect sake.

The group later presented an award to a philanthropist Dr. John Obegolu of Obeledu whom they said has demonstrated humanity to widows.