Panel report from UN NGO CSW 63

Social Protection and Empowerment of Widows and Girls in Nigeria

The Panel was opened by Dr. Eleanor Nwadinobi, Nigeria, president of WiDO, welcoming the panelists as well as the audience. Dr. Nwadinobi welcomed Dr. Gabrielle Casper, MBBS, Australia, the panel chair; as well as the following panelists: Dr. Marie Umeh, WiDO UN representative; Dr. Sabine Jell-Bahlsen, Germany; Ms. Felicitas Ateghang, Delaware, Nkomo Organization; Ms. Nicolle Mecca, New York, Program Associate of Global Fund for Widows. Dr. Nwadinobi briefly introduced the audience to the general purpose of the panel. Widows in Nigeria and other parts of the world are women who are “one of the most marginalized in the world.” The group of widows is not homogenous and consists of women who became widows because of HIV/Aids, conflicts, ill health; some of them are children and others are wives of missing men.

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