African Wonder Women organisation to empower widows
…Set For Maiden Anniversary Seminar
Focused on serving African widows, the ‘unserved community’, the African Wonder Women Organisation (AWWOrg), bringing hope to a vast majority of women and their children is set to hold its maiden anniversary seminar.
Themed, ‘Journeying Through Hard Times With Hope’, the seminar will hold virtually on June 26th. Keynote speakers for the event are: Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman, Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NIDC) to speak on ‘Leadership As Providers Of Real Solutions To Inspire Hope For Better Living’; Toyin F. Sanni, the Executive Vice Chair, Emerging Africa Group, speaking on ‘Hope – A Psychological Strength For Emerging Into The Unknown’, and Modupe Afolabi, Executive administrator, Redeemed Christian Church of God, taking a topic on ‘Faith – A Message Of Hope’.
Founder and convener, Princess Folaji Fasanya-Omoyeni said, “AWWOrg is on a mission to empower 2000 widows by 2025, to give widows hope and the lifeline to believe again.
“We are empowering someone to regain confidence, to trust in themselves and to have belief in a brighter tomorrow. We are also letting ‘forgotten women’ know that, they are not alone and that against all odds, it is okay to dream. We are helping African widows and women find their voices again as we continue to share this message of hope via such projects as, ‘Every Emotion Is Valid’, our emotional well-being platform.
“After losing my beloved husband to COVID-19 in the early stages of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and with no reference points for this kind of loss, I experienced unspeakable trauma and grief. Furthermore, this loss exposed the real effects of bereavement, stigma, stereotype, negative traditions and biases associated with widowhood in the Nigerian culture and in Africa. AWWOrg was birthed in my place of deep pain and trauma.”
Continuing Fasanya-Omoyeni stressed that her vision is to be an agile, trusted, innovative global initiative of influence committed to changing socio-cultural practices of injustice, discrimination and exploitation associated with widowhood in African communities in the United Kingdom, Africa and globally.
“We are focused on easing the trauma of widowhood and promoting the rights of African Widows. Fostering applicable, practical solutions to challenging issues for the benefit and improvement of widows’ lives and giving widows the platform to connect digitally and to form positive relationships while uplifting each other.”
She added that the organisation is poised to uncovering and unveiling injustices associated with widowhood and implementing creative solutions while providing a platform where African widows can share experiences and speak out about issues affecting them.
Other speakers are: Dr. Funmi Adewara, Founder/CEO Mobihealth International, to speak on The Future Of Technology In The Management Of Mental Health; Akello Oliech, Counsellor and Mental Health Advocate, to talk about Peer-2-Peer Support, Its Benefits And Challenges; Dilys Sillah, Minister and Founder ‘Speak With Dilys, to speak on My Personal Journey Of Hope; Lidia Nyambura, Life Coach, Mentor. Inspirational Speaker and International Development Specialist. To speak on My Personal Journey Of Hope; Adetoun Alli-Adams, Psychotherapist to talk about Understanding ’Hope’ As A Stimulant For A Healthy Brain And Healing; and Dr. T. AyodeleAjayi. Consultant Psychiatrist NHS and Convener, Tripartite Care Hub. To speak on Topic: The Role Of Psychotherapy As A Custody Of Hope In Emotional Healing And Recovery.
Register for the seminar here