Fulfilling Dreams for the Widows


Mary Ekah

Out on a mission to equip vulnerable women with the support that they need to re-gain their confidence and self-esteem as well as enable them to start a small business or get life skills and education that would empower them to fulfill their dreams, Petty Widows Empowerment recently gave out cash gifts to 50 widows in her community. Speaking at the event which was held at Adazinngwu community, Aniocha Local Government of Anambra State, the President of the organisation, Lady Christie Onwuzulike, said the organisation aims to create a platform that gives every widow an opportunity to achieve her dreams as well as to unlock their hidden potential regardless of their financial or social background. “Our dream is to impact the lives of vulnerable women around the world. We want to help them get back on their feet again,” she noted. Speaking on what prompted her to empower the widows, Onwuzulike said whenever she goes to her village in Anambra State, most of the widows would come to her requesting for one thing or the other and she would give them. This she said has prompted her to set up an organisation called Petty Widows Empowerment, adding,  “Rather than giving them cash all the time it is better to empower them with enough capital with which they can use to start a business and they can fend for their families.”

Revealing her plans for the widows, Onwuzulike said she intend seeking for financial assistance from reputable organisations so as to enable her empower up to 100 widows. “This year, I intend empowering 100 women by teaching them different skills”, she said. While appreciating the fact that the Widowhood Right Bill has been passed into law in Anambra, Onwuzulike charged the state to focus more on implementation and enforcement of the law so that these women’s right will not be denied of them. Onwuzulike also enjoined other states to pass the Widowhood Rights Bill into laws so that widows will have rights over their inheritance.