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Alleviate Poverty and Improve The Welfare of Widows – Jaksally Urges The Government

Alleviate Poverty and Improve The Welfare of Widows – Jaksally urges The Government | The Founder of Jaksally Development Organization Jeremiah Seidu has called on the government to develop pragmatic efforts to help alleviate poverty and improve the welfare of widows in the country. This is because windows do not have collateral security to secure loans from banks.

Mr. Seidu said poverty alleviation among widows can be improved through promoting income generation activities and instilling entrepreneurship in them (widows). He said this at an annual share-out monies of three saving women groups in Bole.

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Mr. Seidu said the effort should be direct by all stakeholders to assist widows with sustainable livelihood programmes which will economically empower the poor to have access to knowledge, skills, finances, and markets.

This formed part of its effort to contribute to the attainment of SDGs goal. Goal 1. (To end poverty in all its forms) and Goal 8. (To promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all).

Mr. Seidu also called on the social security system that would cater for the women in informal employment. This he believes will help women and widows prepare for the unseen and assuage some of their despair. He said there should be an efficient allocation of resources to help sensitize widows and women to know about their right and how to get duty bearers to address their concerns.

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Mr. Jeremiah believes that education will help empower women especially those in deprived areas because it collates to occupation, income, access to credit, health status, political awareness and participating in the decision making process.

Mr. Seidu suggested that international widows day, which falls on 23rd June every year should be used as an avenue to ensure that the rights and recognition of windows are achieved. He also called for the creation of regional platforms that would seek to advocate for women and get duty bearers to address issues facing widows and women in general.

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Source Simon Unyan