The Widows Summit 2018”, a synergistic interaction of minds is aim at identifying and addressing them. This was intended get to the realization, providing a safe foothold in our society for widows is cardinal to women agenda. It was not just a desire but a choice we must
all take to have the change. As an advocate for gender and women inclusion & development, poverty alleviation and economic improvement, we invite you to this summit as we discuss the ripple effect widowhood issues on economic development.
This event happened in Lagos on the 6th December 2018 at Westwood Hotel 22 Awolowo Road Ikoyi, Lagos Nigeria. The questions asked at this chronological event were; what are your Assumption? What are your Expectations? Whatever your term or perception, the aura
of alienation wrapped around women deepens in widowhood and destinies of generations are either destroyed, thwarted or dwarfed as widows battle in a journey they never chose. No wonder the terms; “sin of omission” “invisible calamity” “the excluded” “reproach of widowhood”.
The invisible calamity is neglect, abuse and exploitation of widows and the ripple effect in both our social and economic development. Widows are one of the windows in our society that we’ve shut off for too long, the rusted and webbed bar of culture we’ve to clear to a harness the fullness of human resource potential. Dominique van de Walle, a Lead Economist at the World Bank, said in one of the Policy research talk; “The right policy measures could shield widows…from the threat of poverty”. Poverty is a primary factor to lack of education, diseases, HIV/AIDs, crimes and insecurities. Now! What are these policy measures that government is supposed to create?