MS4A, WEWE launch radio programme to promote rights of widows, orphans
Management Solution for Africa (MS4A), a business development consulting firm in collaboration with Widows and Orphans Empowerment Organisation (WEWE) has launched a radio programme, The Voice of Widows and Orphans, to promote their rights in the society.
According to the firms, the first of its kind reality phone-in advocacy and empowerment radio programme, aired on Armed Forces Radio 107.7FM is targeted at bringing the issues of widows and orphans to the table of decision makers in politics, economy as well as the public and private sector in Nigeria.
It noted that the programme would also give widows and orphans a say on issues that concern them by mobilising funds and in-kind resources to support the programmes.
At the maiden episode, Program Manager on OVC and Gender for United State Agency International Development (USAID), Mrs. Tessie Philips-Ononye, and Head of Gender, Human Rights, and Care Support Services at the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Dr. Yinka Falola-Anoemuah, spoke on how well widows and orphans are targeted under their agencies’ programmes.
The episode also discussed real Gender-Based Violence (GBV) experiences suffered by widows as part of the ongoing 16 Days of GBV Activism 2018, Orange Your World #HearMeToo.
The National Secretary of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Nigeria, Ms. Rhoda Prevail Tyoden, and Assistant Chief Legal Officer of Legal Aid Council of Nigeria, Ese Bolokor, revealed that GBV such as drinking the bath water of their husbands’ bodies and collection of property by husbands’ relatives are criminal acts punishable by law.
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