As part of the International Widow’s Day commemoration, Chinwe Bode-Akinwande Foundation (CBA Foundation) will hold a free health check day for widows, CBA Foundation founder, Chinwe Bode-Akinwande has said in a statement
According to her, the foundation will also donate free food items and clothing outreach day. The first outreach shall hold on Saturday, 25th of June at Ikorodu Lagos.
“As a registered Foundation in Nigeria, we work with people like you on to deliver on empowerment and capacity building, health intervention, nutrition, quality basic education and self-employment schemes for Nigerian widows and their children. With the recent Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act , (2015) VAPP signed into law, CBA Foundation believes that underpriviledged widows and their children will be protected,” she said.
Today, there are 245 million widows in our world. Approximately 115 million live in extreme poverty and are struggling to survive.
“Women make up 11 million of the 13 million bereaved spouses in Nigeria, forced to cope with major life decisions when they are at their most vulnerable. Widowed women experience targeted murder, rape, prostitution, forced marriage, property theft, eviction, social isolation and physical abuse,” she added.
Bode-Akinwande argues that children of widows face horrors such as child marriage, illiteracy, loss of schooling, forced labour, human trafficking, homelessness and sexual abuse.
“But the plight of widows and their children is not hopeless, and there is a lot we can do together, to make their lives worth living again. At the CBA Foundation, we are dedicated to empowering and equipping widows with the confidence, courage and skills they need to improve their lives and create opportunities for their children, inspiring hope and realizing their dreams.”