On 20th of August 2020, we organized a widows’ food donation event at the NYS headquarters ground, in partnership with the Ministry of Public Service and Gender Affairs, Ministry of Health, Kiambu County Government, Kenya Private Sector Association and National Youth Service. Representatives from the widows highlighted the challenges they have been going through since being widowed and urged the government and relevant partners not to let them suffer even after the pandemic. They explained how difficult it was for them to provide for their families due to the effects of the pandemic.
During the event, our founder condemned the rampant widow abuse that was prevalent during the pandemic. She urged the society to refrain from violating widows’ rights, because they would have to face the consequences under the Protection Against Domestic Violence Act. She profusely thanked the partners for ensuring that widows had food for their families.
Speakers at the event taught widows on the proper way of handling (putting on, disposing and cleaning) masks so that they could protect themselves from the pandemic. The CEOs of the Affirmative Action funds urged the widows to apply the funds because some requirements had been reviewed to favorable terms.
Inspiring widows through her leadership story, Her Excellency Deputy Governor Joyce Ngugi promised to continue supporting widows to ensure they lived fulfilled lives. Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Public Service and Gender Hon. Rachael Shebesh urged widows to ensure that they adhered to the measures provided by the government to prevent the spread of the virus. From the event, 100 widows from different parts of the Nairobi and Kiambu counties were gifted with food hampers and protective face masks.