I think when we discuss women issues, especially in Africa, we really don’t stop to pay attention to widows. Widows are vilified, their legal rights trampled upon, and many live in abject poverty post the death of their spouses. That a continent treats one of its most vulnerable demographic in such inhumane state is appalling. Therefore, it is good to see more people, especially women, raise awareness on the plights of widows in Africa and also discuss resources and organizations that exist to help.
In celebration of International Women’s Day last year, a panel of women (many widowed), along with Africa’s richest woman Folurunsho Alakija, gathered to discuss the legal rights of widows and other issues widows face. There is also a lawyer present in the mix who delves into the law a bit more at the end of the clip. Watch and share.