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WOM calls for holistic approach to violence against widows

botchway July 2, 2019

 

From William Nlanjerbor Jalulah

Harrowing stories of widows continue to echo across the Upper East Region. And ahead of the 2019 International Widows Days, Widows and Orphans Movement (WOM) has reiterated its call on all stakeholders to support in addressing violence against widows.

Speaking to The Chronicle after a planning meeting with widows’ group leaders, youth and the media in Bolgatanga, the Director of Widows and Orphans, Fati Abigail Abdulai, said though some of the abuses against widows had reduced, others have metamorphosed into other forms of abuse.

She said the development calls for the need to gather more evidence and share same with stakeholders to understand that violence against women and girls, especially widows, is still an issue which all stakeholders will have to come on board to work at addressing.

Ms Abdulai gave the assurance that her outfit would continue its partnership with stakeholders to address issues affecting widows, because those issues are development-oriented that affect the country.

The role of the youth will be to document the stories of the widows and submit to the media to develop news stories for publication.

The International Widows Day is commemorated annually on June 23, but in the Upper East Region, Widows and Orphans Movement commemorated the day on Friday June 28.

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