Nigeria: World Widows Day – a Ray of Hope for Cross River Women
All Africa – Tuesday, 26 June 2012 (originally published 22 Jun)
THE continuing plight of widows globally has been identified as a threat to the realisation of Millennium Development Goals, MDGs numbers one, three and eight which seek to end poverty, promote gender equality and engender global partnership.
Most widows are said to live below poverty line, suffer gender discrimination and neglect by government, civil society organisations and the communities they live in. It is a situation still begging for comprehensive interventions at all levels.
This urgency is aptly captured by the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, while speaking ahead of activities to commemorate the inaugural international widows’which will hold June 23, 2011. Said he: “We must recognise the important contribution of widows, and we must ensure that they enjoy the rights and social protection they deserve . . .
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