The organisation, which was established in 1958, made the call in Lagos recently when it hosted widows to a New Year’s party as part of the activities to ease pressure off them.
Many of the over 100 women who attended the event went home with various gift items and resources expected to help them gain financial independence.
Leading other top members of the society to the occasion were the wife of the Lagos State governor, Mrs. Omobolanle Ambode; wife of the immediate past governor of the state, Dame Abimbola Fashola; and her predecessor, Senator Oluremi Tinubu.
President of IWS, Hajiya Zainab Saleh, while giving her welcome address, called for more support for the bereaved women, whom she described as strong and ambitious. She said the women needed Nigerians’ collective support to surmount some of their challenges.
During the event, 16 widows received special endowment funds, while another 100 were empowered. In addition, Mrs. Ambode specially endowed 10 other women to complement the efforts of the IWS.
Chairperson of the Widows Trust Fund, Mrs. Gbemi Sasore, said they were working tirelessly to mobilise and empower more women in this category through skills acquisition and mentoring.
She advised beneficiaries of the endowment fund to make good use of it and improve the living condition of their families.