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UNAN Empowers Widows To Commemorate International Widows Day

As part of its initiative to commemorate this year’s International Widows Day, the United Nations Association of Nigeria (UNAN) empowered Widows with diverse skills and also supported them with cash donations. 


The association held an event tagged “International Widows’ Day Business Clinic” to commemorate the day, celebrated every June 23 worldwide.

According to Mrs. Joan Agha, UNAN President, the event was met to help women acquire skills in Fashion, Trading, Food, and Manufacturing and make them financially independent.



She urged the women to be innovative and never give up as they have a role to play in contributing to economic growth.


In the same vein, Dr. Omopeju Afanu, UNAN Vice President said the Business Clinic aligns with this year’s global theme: “Sustainable Solutions for Widows Financial Independence.”


She also emphasized the importance of planning, setting financial goals, and keeping basic records.

Mrs. Nita Odunfa, Founder of Makadel Fashion School on her part, gave an inspiring session on business and financial management, stating the importance of starting small with a passion to succeed. She urged the women never to stop learning as it would help grow their business.



Thereafter, Mrs. Odunfa and her husband promised to give financial support to any of the Widows interested in learning fashion skills further. She also said that one of their children interested in learning as well can enroll at their Academy for free.


In addition, UNAN announced that one of its partners is offering free make-up training to any of the participants and their kids.


Joan Agha Foundation gave a cash donation of N20,000.00 to each of the Widows present.


International Widows Day is a United Nations ratified day of action to address the “poverty and injustice faced by millions of widows and their dependents in many countries”. The day takes place annually on 23 June.

Tags : International Widows DayUNANUnited Nations Association of NigeriaWidows
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