As the world marked this year’s International Widows Day (IWD) 2022, Rehoboth African Women Foundation (RAWF) has felicitated with widows in the country and indeed the whole world.
Every year on June 23, International Widows Day is observed across the globe to shed light on their rights and social protection. According to the United Nations, there are over 258 million widows around the world, out of which many are left unsupported and denied their basic rights.
In a statement, yesterday, Rehoboth said it joined millions of widows to mark the day and to restate its commitment as a Non- Governmental Organisation (NGO) that cares for women, widows, girl child and orphans.
“Over the years, we have demonstrated our position as an organisation that gives the less privileged a shoulder to lean on; that we give the down trodden a sense of belonging and also give them reasons to smile. Today, we restate our belief that no child should be left behind in Nigeria’s march to greatness. As part of our activities, we have dared the dreadful Boko Haram war torn zone area of Borno State as a concrete sign that there is no place too scary to reach.
“In Borno State for instance, its capital, Maiduguri, has in recent years, been subjected to incessant attacks by the Boko Haram insurgents, leading to abject poverty and loss of lives. In a bid to provide relief for children and women within these communities, Rehoboth embarked on a journey to the Kushari community in 2017, right in the heat of the insurgency attacks.
“Upon getting wind of our presence, the insurgents came into town searching for us. Despite narrowly escaping these marauding elements, we provided food and clothing to women, girls and children from about 500 households within the community. Women and girls in many other communities within Northern Nigeria and other parts of Africa are victims of this insurgency. We want to join hands with all our partners to provide humanitarian support to them, one project at a time.”