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Widows and Orphans Movement calls on government to implement policies to support widows

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Madam Fati Abigail Abdulai, the Executive Director of Widows and Orphans Movement (WOM), urges the government to implement policies aimed at alleviating the suffering and poverty faced by widows in Ghana.

Speaking at a ceremony in Bolgatanga to commemorate this year’s International Widows’ Day, she highlighted challenges widows face, including discrimination, lack of access to education for their children, and limited economic opportunities.

Madam Fati emphasized that these challenges perpetuate the cycle of poverty and vulnerability among widows and their families.

“While WOM in collaboration with the Mma Ayara Memorial Institute is committed to supporting these courageous women, we recognize that the government needs to do better in rolling out and/or implementing social protection policies to break the cyclical poverty these families experience. This country cannot afford to leave anyone behind,” she said.

International Widows’ Day is a global awareness day that takes place annually on 23rd June. The day was launched by the United Nations in 2010 to raise awareness of the violation of human rights that widows suffer in many countries following the death of their spouses.

As part of the celebration this year, the Widows and Orphans Movement (WOM) partnered with Mma Ayara Memorial Institute to put together a memorial lecture in honor of the late Mma Ayara Atampugre on the theme “The Role of Mothers in the Education of their Children: Lessons from the life of Mma Ayara Atampugre”.

On behalf of Mma Ayara’s family, one of her children, Robert Atambugre, while shedding more light on her history, described Mma Ayara as a committed and industrious widow from whom all widows need to learn.

Source: A1Radioonline.Com|101.1MHZ|David Azure| Bolgatanga|

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