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1st World Conference on Widowhood Development in Africa

ANCHOR EVENTS CENTRE, Agidingbi. Ikeja. Lagos, Nigeria
Start Date:
April 4, 2017
End Date:
April 4, 2017




The 1st World Conference on Widowhood Development in Africa will be held on Tuesday 4th and 11th of April, 2017 at Anchor Event Center Agidingbi Road, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria. Time: 8am-5pm.

There are 258 Million Widows and 584 Million fatherless children in the world over. 

Nigeria has an estimated 3,531,682 Million Widows according to the 2015 World Widows Report by the Loomba Foundation. In Nigeria, there are about 3.650,000 (three million, six hundred and fifty million). The numbers keep rising by the minute. More widows are dying for lack of support to continue, leaving their children orphaned, homeless, uneducated and without adequate security. 
Worst affected by conflict and insurgency are widows in Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Syria, northeast Nigeria, southeast Niger, west Chad and north Cameroon. In Sub-Saharan Africa the worst conditions are faced by evicted and abandoned widows with dependants and by those caught up in Ebola areas, exacerbated by traditional ‘cleansing’ rituals.

Widows with only female children and child widows aged between 10 and 17 face severe discrimination in many developing countries. Social norms around sexual behavior remain counterproductive with extreme poverty as a driver of ‘exchange sex’ and ‘survival sex’ relationships and poor quality healthcare.

Widows in developed countries are also affected by welfare cuts and increased insecurity.
Customary ‘cleansing’ rituals, where widows are required to drink the water with which their dead husband’s body has been washed and to have sex with a relative, spread disease and violate the dignity of widows in many Sub-Saharan countries. Widows are regularly accused of killing their husbands either deliberately or through neglect – including by transmitting HIV/AIDS – in India, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Systematic seizure of property and evictions by the late husband’s family remains widespread in Angola, Bangladesh, Botswana, Republic of Congo, DR Congo, India, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
In the past 20 years, Serendipity has been involved with over 6,880 widows across Nigeria. The number increases daily.
We are regularly faced with the overwhelming inflow of these select community that have been oversighted and ignored. 


The time is now to start implementing solution measures, put in place working activities to eradicate problems, empower widows and sensitize communities on the various actions we will be putting in place from now. 
 Widowhood: The Human Disaster
 WIDOWHOOD SUPPORT: A Corporate Social Responsibility
 Taking developmental actions: 
 The need for Macro- Capital Assistance 
 Saving & Enterprise habits in widows: Government action to recognizing, mentoring, and improving the status of widows 
 “Widowed, and so what? 
 Widowhood; the Social Death 
 Sustainable Developmental Goals 
 Widows for peace through democracy 
 Sustainable Existence of widows in the community 
 The need for FREE Health Support for Widows and their family 
 Church Movement: For the Care of Widows in Nigeria
 Withdrawing Harmful Widowhood Practices in Nigeria
 ISLAMIC Movement: For the Care of Widows in Nigeria 
 The church and the case of James 1: 27: (Religion our God accepts as pure and faultless is this\: to look after orphans, and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world) 
 Joint immediate action on widowhood development: 
 Turning widows into fascinating women 
 Compassion for widows: 
 Service of Spiritual Leaders in Tackling the Insurgence of Lack in Widowhood 
 Harmful widowhood practices in Africa 


Wives of President and Vice President, Wives of State Governors, State Commissioners for Women Affairs. The Nigerian Millennium Development Goals office, Heads of Religious Bodies (Muslim & Christian),Christian Association of Nigeria, Secretaries: Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, The Baptist Conference, The Anglican Communion HOUSE OF Clergy, The Methodist Church, Nigeria, The Foursquare Church, The Catholic Women Organization, 

WOWICAN, Association of Islamic Affairs, Nigeria ,The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Nigeria, Church women leaders, Nigerian Medical Association, Women leaders in Various Religious Ministries, Women in government/Ministry for Women Affairs, Women leaders organizations/ widows organizations, Medical Association, Representatives of Church Societies, Commercial Banking/ Microfinance, Industrial sector, Royal Fathers and Mothers, POLICE Officers Wives Association, Army Officers Wives Association, Naval Officers Wives Association, Air force Officers Wives Association, 

Local Government Chairmen, Federal and State Law Makers, Women Business Owners, Insurance Companies, Women Ministers, Non-government Organizations for women & Children., Corporate Social Responsibility Departments of Companies, Women in Business, All women organizations, Association of Women Journalists, NIGERIAN Broadcasting Corporation, COWLSO, News Agency of Nigeria, Social Clubs, Other Individuals in Widow Care Missions
And people interested in starting,Volunteering,supporting a "WIDOWS MINISTRY"

Registration is SUBSIDIZED sum of ....................N 17,500 Per person which includes breakfast and lunch, conference materials, pictures, membership at " JOINT WIDOW CARERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA"and certificate of participation. Persons can get a N5,000 discount if booked by 15th February,2017.

I would be pleased if you RSVP your availability to attend as a participant on or before 15th of February to Mrs Enitan Adeogun (Widowhood Support Centre Manager Lagos) on 07036582099 OR [email protected][email protected], whatsapp: +2348033285737. However, we will be glad if you kindly send your email for onward communication 

Kindly make registration fee payment to U B A: 100 3828 909 - Please pay as WCWD/ YOUR NAME and you are booked. Also send payment details to telephone number: 07036582099. 

The Coordinators: 
Serendipity House Nigeria: birthed God’s Wives International the care mission for - Widows in Nigeria- in collaboration with the Lagos state ministry of Women Affairs. Created a platform where widowhood can be discussed and proffer developmental strategies for care. 

Widows In Nigeria : 350,Ikorodu Road. Maryland. Lagos

National Coordinator: Ayo Yemisi Jaiyeola[email protected][email protected],

Participation fee: Pls call: For more information on participation:

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