Foundation makes case for widow’s rights
I commemoration of this year’s International Widows’ Day, the Felix King Charity Foundation recently staged a special conference in Lagos, in honour of widows, whose rights are often trampled upon. Held at the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, under the theme, The right of a widow, the session witnessed the empowerment of about 150 widows selected from different parts of the country under the foundation’s Widow Go Start a Business Scheme.
In his remarks, the founder and chairman of the foundation Felix King Eiremiokhae, said widowhood is an invisible, but huge problem across Nigeria and the world today, adding that the conference would help highlight the importance of fighting for the rights of widows.
“I feel seriously pained that we have to gather here today to discuss this ignoble and obnoxious prejudice against widows in our society today. It hurts to know that we have such a sour history of treating widows so bad to the point where the United Nations had to set aside a special day to remind us of the inhumane practices we have sustained over generations against our mothers, sisters, wives, cousins and aunts.”
In her keynote address, the Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Mrs. Elizabeth Ativie, who led a team of legislators from Edo, expressed concerns over the level of oppression and ill treatment meted on widows, even as they go through the tough task of caring of their families left behind by their late husbands.