In an enthralling trend inside Moremi Corridor in College of Lagos, Yaba Lagos State, assist was in no quick provide for widows in nations with conventional practices, because the founder Felix King Basis, Dr. Felix King, Pop star, Harrison Tare Okiri popularly referred to as Harry Track, rapper MI Abaga, web sensation, Charles Okocha aka Igwe Tupac and comic Bayegun Oluwatoyin, popularly referred to as Woli Arole amongst others urged the United Nation to declare June 23 Zero Maltreatment Day as a substitute.
Will probably be recalled that, on December 22, 2010, the United Nations 65th Common Meeting unanimously adopted a decision to set up June 23rd Worldwide Widows Day. This present day is an annual, international day of motion to increase consciousness in regards to the cultural discrimination of widows.
The yr international theme is “Growing assets and insurance policies to empower widows”. Though correct info is restricted, it has been estimated that there are some 258 million widows world wide, with over 115 million of them dwelling in deep poverty.
Knowledge on girls’s standing are sometimes not disaggregated by marital standing, so at each degree of gender statistics, from nationwide to international, widows usually are not seen. But we all know that many aged widows face a number of and intersecting types of discrimination, primarily based on their gender, age, rural location or incapacity. Others are nonetheless younger once they lose their husbands, maybe because of battle or as a result of they had been married as kids to a a lot older man. These girls face a protracted lifetime of widowhood.
Past mere celebration of today as put aside by the UN, the inspiration has moved to search the UN to declare June 23rd Zero Maltreatment Day therefore the Widows Rights Motion flag off. The motion is concurrently held the world over in these nations – Nigeria, Ghana, The US, Canada and the UK.
In accordance to Dr King, “the widows’ rights motion is a Felix King Basis’s organised worldwide motion campaigning for the abolishment of widows maltreatment, whereas advocating for United Nations (UN) declaration of June 23rd, as a zero maltreatment day for widows in nations with conventional societies the place girls endure human rights violations with membership unfold the world over”.
Talking on how widows could be liberated from the intersecting discrimination, Dr. King tells the UN that the street to whole freedom and financial empowerment of widows begins with declaration of June 23rd as zero maltreatment towards widows and it’s sooner or later at a time,” he mentioned.
“The last word aim of the day is to develop assets and coverage to empower widows and permit them to have entry to schooling, work, healthcare and lives freed from violence and abuse, whereas allows them to create a life for themselves and their kids following the dying of their husband and ending a cycle of poverty and abuse,” he mentioned.
Harrison Tare Okiri aka Harry Track a pop star who carried out on the occasion to assist the motion mentioned widow’s maltreatment in Nigeria and Africa at massive ought to be outlawed. “I vehemently communicate towards this obnoxious follow in our society and the UN ought to take a step ahead by declaring June 23rd Zero Maltreatment Day.
“The follow is widespread in creating nations and the suitable authorities ought to transfer to ending it as a result of maltreating our girls, mom, daughters and sisters quantities to drawing ourselves backwards,” Mr. Okiri acknowledged.
An web sensation Charles Okocha aka Igwe Tupac, who pictures o fame with the “Accolades” condemned the follow which he tags ‘pointless’. In accordance to him “the entire world abhors this follow and he ought to be spoken towards in our nation in order that we will transfer ahead and that’s the solely means to prosperity.”
Dr. king who frowned at steady victimization of widows mentioned as soon as widowed, girls in lots of nations typically confront a denial of inheritance and land rights, degrading and life-threatening mourning and burial rites and different types of widow abuse.
“Widows are sometimes evicted from their houses and bodily abused – some even killed – even by members of their very own household. In lots of nations, a girl’s social standing is inextricably linked to her husband’s, in order that when her husband dies, a girl now not has a spot in society. To regain social standing, widows are anticipated to marry one among their husband’s male relations, typically unwillingly. For a lot of, the lack of a husband is simply the primary trauma in a long-term ordeal,” he mentioned.
In lots of nations, widowhood is stigmatized and seen as a supply of disgrace. Widows are thought to be cursed in some cultures and are even related to witchcraft. Such misconceptions can lead to widows being ostracized, abused and worse.
Aside from performances from Harry Track, Wole Arole, Igwe Tupac and MI, College of Lagos undergraduates additionally took time to reveal the sick of widows’ maltreatment in our society by way of drama. He due to this fact, urged the UN to declare June 23rd Zero Maltreatment Day to signpost the intense connect to the widows the world over.
Ororo Pattaya directed a brief 60 second movie with voice over by M.I Abaga which had be aired in each Nigeria and worldwide media