As part of its widows’ mite initiative, the leadership of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Ondo state again put smiles on the faces of 50 widows in the state in form of cash to celebrate this year International Widow’s day.
Addressing the beneficiaries, the NAWOJ Chairperson, Mrs. Doris Olumoko described widows’ experiences as pathetic, saying the essence of the initiative was to celebrate them.
Olumoko who noted that NAWOJ executives were striving journalists attached to different organisations but who were passionate about the plight of vulnerable women, especially widows, hence the reason they sought help from kind-hearted well-to-do Nigerians to empower widows.
She disclosed that the token amount of money given to the widows was from the generosity of two noblemen in the state, Chief Olusola Oke and the Deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Deji Iroju.
Mrs. Ishola Hellen representing the State Ministry of Women Affairs, described Ondo NAWOJ as a women’s association that was realt bringing succour to women, and bridge the gap between the poor and the rich.
She appreciated the leadership of the association for their passion and genuine interest for widows in Ondo state, saying it’s highly commendable.
The Guest Speaker, Mrs. Folake Esan, CEO, JOACICS foundation, who is a widow of 20 years at age 37 with seven children, shared her experiences, and encouraged them that widowhood is not the end of the world and should therefore not be gloomy.
She admonished them to thank God in every situation, looking up to Him the husband of widows and father of the fatherless who helped her to train all her children.
She lamented how widows were being subjected to painful traditional practices in most parts of Nigeria, while commending NAWOJ leadership and prayed that God reward them.
President of National council for women societies, Mrs Jumoke Aborode urged the women to protect their children and be more focused in achieving their goal as women.
Mrs Aborode assured the women that the association would continue to assist them to acquire solid education to become successful.
The event, provided a platform for the Widows to share their various experiences as some could not help, but break down in tears.