Mama Zimbi thrills thousands of Widows at NAWAC, 2015

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Ace actress and Founder and Executive Director of Mama Zimbi Foundation, Akumaa Mama Zimbi, known in private life as Dr. Joyce Akumaa Dongotey-Padi, has once again hosted over 2,000 widows from across Ghana under one roof to renew their strength and instill in them a sense of purpose.

The widows conference is also to encourage them to learn to grow in self-confidence.

The 7th National Widows Alliance Conference (NAWAC-2015) was held at the Ghana International Trade Fair Centre, La in Accra.

The conference is part of the Widows Alliance Network (WANE) project for sustainable economic development of widows in Ghana, being undertaken by the Mama Zimbi Foundation (MZF).

The conference also continues to serve as the ideal dialogue platform for the advocacy of a comprehensive policy and legal direction for elevating the standards of widows in Ghana.

To date, WANE has formed over 400 widowhood clubs and associations to its credit with over 8,000 widows as members. The theme for NAWAC-2015 was ‘Transforming women through education’.

It was also to celebrate the United Nations International Widows Day.

Addressing the conference, the cultural icon and multiple international award-winner, Mama Zimbi stated that the Domestic violence Act, 2007, (Act 732), considers acts likely to cause physical abuse, economic deprivation, emotional verbal or psychological abuse, forcible detention of another person, and sexual abuse as acts of violence. However, Ghana is still living with many forms of outmoded traditional practices like some aspects of widowhood rights in some communities. This situation has created a marked difference and a class society where widows are found at the base of the ladder.

She has therefore called for the abolishment of all weird widowhood practices from the society.

She added that, her organization is currently striving to set up an ultra modern ‘Center for Skills and Entrepreneurship Training’ (CENSET) as a permanent place to provide vocational training, human rights education, reproductive health and social integration programs for women and girls. This center will also increase the rate of providing employable skills training and opportunities to widows in Ghana.

Key personalities who spoke at the conference included Hon. Dzifa Abla Gomashie (Deputy Minister, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts), Mrs. Eva Lokko (CEO-Totally Youth), Mrs. Hilary Gbedemah (Rector, The Law Institute), Madam Mary Benedicta Buako (Chairperson, Board of Directors, Mama Zimbi Foundation – MZF), Superintendent Patience Quaye (Director, Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Ghana Police Service), Nana ogyedom Tsetsewah I, (Mankrado of Gomoa Oguan, Osumpahen of Gomoa Akyempim Traditional Area; Tema Fantsehen; Mediator of Ogyedom ADR Center) and about 20 other Queenmothers.

Other dignitaries were Rev. George Obeng Appah (Priest in Charge, Sts Thomas More and John Fisher Catholic Churches, Achimota), Rev. Dr. Gabriel Ansah (Chancellor, Nasem University Fellowship; Board Member, MZF), Prophet Emmanuel Badu Kobi (General Overseer, Glorious Waves Church Int. Tema) and Rev. Dr. Ebenezer Conduah (Learning to Marry Forever). The MCs were Captain Smart and Afia Pokua Vim Lady, all of Adom FM.

Well known musicians who also thrilled the widows with their outstanding performances were Willie and Mike, Anita Afriyie and Gasmilla.

At the conference, the widows were given free medical examination, engaged in a mini-trade fair.

Widows from places as Tarkoradi, Tamale, Adawso, Akosombo, Somanya, Sampa and Hikpo were all at the conference.

Source: myjoyonline.com

Mama Zimbi foundation hosts over 2,000 widows at NAWAC 2014

Multiple international award winner, Akumaa Mama Zimbi, known in private life as Mrs. Joyce Akumaa Dongotey-Padi hosted over 2,000 widows last Saturday to mark the 6th National Widows Alliance Conference (NAWAC) in Accra.

Widows from Wenchi, Twifo Praso, Upper Denkyira, Tema, Bawku, Hikpo, Techiman, Sampa, Accra, Ketekrachie came together to celebrate the day at the Ghana International Trade Fair Centre in Accra.

NAWAC is an initiative by the Mama Zimbi Foundation (MZF) through its Widows Alliance Network (WANE) project for sustainable socio-economic development of widows in Ghana.

It was meant for Ghana and Africa at large to appreciate the roles widows play as ambassadors of change in their communities. It also served as the ideal dialogue platform for the advocacy of a comprehensive policy and legal direction for elevating the standards of widows in the country as well as celebrating the United Nations International Widows Day.

A former First Lady of Ghana, Dr. Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, in her keynote address, encouraged and motivated the widows to be guided by practical solutions to whatever challenges they went through.

Other speakers at the conference were Nana Hemaa Adwoa Awindor, President of the African Queens and Women Cultural Leaders Network – AQWCLN, Rachel Appoh, Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Bernice Boateng, a former Member of Parliament for New Juaben South, Rev. Gabriel Ansah, Chancellor of the Nasem University and Mrs. Amy Appiah Frimpong, Acting Executive Director of the National Theatre.

Chief Executive of the Mama Zimbi Foundation, Mrs. Dongotey-Padi stated that widowhood, which was not by choice or curse was just like any natural phenomenon ordained by God, expressing that widows have not been treated fairly in the traditional set up as well as in modern Ghana.

According to her, though it has proven quite difficult to get rid of some bad widowhood rites because many people still have strong attachment to all sorts of superstitious beliefs, education through advocacy and the provision of employable skills “as what the Mama Zimbi Foundation (MZF) is doing through its Widows Alliance Network (WANE), should be the most appreciable long-term solution to these problems plaguing our society.”

She added that the Mama Zimbi Foundation (MZF) was currently striving to set up an ultra modern Center for Technical, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training (CTVET) as a permanent place to provide vocational training, human rights education, reproductive health and social integration programs for women and girls.

In conclusion, she noted that widowhood brought a lot of challenges like economic burden, single parenthood and loneliness and so Ghana ought to help its widows and widowers to grow in self-confidence in order to lead a normal life as every other human being.

Activities at the conference included singing and dancing by widow groups, mini trade fair and song ministration by Nhyira Betty.

Sponsors of the NAWAC 2014 were Unibank, Bedita Pharmacy, Gewah Hospital, Indomie Instant Noodles, Herbal Technology, Ice Cool Purified Water, Mobile Engineering Services and Fru Telli.

Others are Bake Shop Classics, Danny’s Décor, Last Hour Catering Services and the Ghana International Trade Fair Center. The event’s media partners included Multi TV, Capital TV, Citi Fm, Adom Fm, Media Fanbern, Websoft Solutions and DDP.

Source: Myjoyonline.com
Date: 25-06-2014 Time: 05:06:48:pm


Mama Zimbi to host 6th National Widows Alliance Conference – 2014

Ace actress, broadcaster and multiple international award winner Akumaa Mama Zimbi, real name Joyce Akumaa Dongotey-Padi, has disclosed that the Widows Alliance Network (WANE) project for sustainable economic development of widows in Ghana, which is one of the projects undertaken by the Mama Zimbi Foundation (MZF), will hold its 6th National Widows Alliance Conference (NAWAC-2014) on Saturday, June 21st, 2014 at the Ghana International Trade Fair Centre, La with the theme “Empowering women through education”. This conference is also to celebrate the United Nations International Widows Day.

Through WANE, over 400 widow groupings have been formed in Ghana, with membership swelling to over 8,000 nationwide. The annual national Widows Alliance Conference for advocacy and national widows cohesion is organized on a large scale as the grand occasion where all of Ghana and Africa are made to appreciate the roles widows are playing as ambassadors of change in their communities. It also serves as the ideal dialogue platform for the advocacy of a comprehensive policy and legal direction for elevating the standards of widows in Ghana.

Mama Zimbi added that this annual event brings together all widows in Ghana under one roof to foster strength and a sense of purpose and also encourage widows to learn to grow in self confidence, to develop new skills as well as new friendships. She also stated that the Conference is also an appropriate forum to advocate against injustices faced by widows in certain cultures on the national level. This advocacy is done by raising awareness about widows’ plight in order to increase its profile and obtain commitments from governments, policy makers and donors for its needed attention. These widows as usual will also be given free medical examination, messages from important personalities, engage in a Mini-Trade Fair, receive gifts, sing, dance and have plenty to eat and drink as well.

Sponsors of NAWAC-2014 include Unibank – Caring for you, Gewah Hospital, Indomie Instant Noodles, Ice Cool Purified Water, Mobile Engineering Services and Fru Telli. Others include Bake Shop Classics, Danny’s Décor, Last Hour Catering Services,and Ghana International Trade Fair Center. The media partners are Multi TV, Capital TV, Citi FM, Adom FM, Media Fanbern, Websoft Solutions and DDP.

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6TH NATIONAL WIDOWS ALLIANCE CONFERENCE (NAWAC) – 2014

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6TH NATIONAL WIDOWS ALLIANCE CONFERENCE (NAWAC) – 2014

Mama Zimbi Foundation brings to you our 6TH NATIONAL WIDOWS ALLIANCE CONFERENCE (NAWAC) – 2014 on Saturday, 21st June, 2014 at Trade Fair Centre, La, Accra. The 6th NAWAC – 2014 is expected to attract over 3,000 widows’ participants from across Ghana. This annual conference for is for advocacy and national widows’ cohesion. This conference is also to celebrate the United Nations International Widows Day. Theme: ‘Empowering women through Education’. For more info visit http://www.mamazimbi.org.

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Veteran actress and broadcaster Akumaa Mama Zimbi, otherwise called Mrs. Joyce Akumaa Dongotey-Padi on Saturday, June 22, 2013, hosted thousands of widows from across all corners of Ghana at the 5th National Widows Alliance Conference (NAWAC-2013).

The annual conference was on the theme, ‘Widowhood Is Not A Curse, Widowhood is Ordained By God’ and was held at the Ghana International Trade Fair Centre in Accra.

The Widows Alliance Network (WANE) project for sustainable economic development of widows in Ghana, which is one of the projects undertaken by the Mama Zimbi Foundation (MZF), has been organizing this annual event on a large scale as the grand occasion where all of Ghana and Africa are made to appreciate the roles widows are playing as ambassadors of change in their communities.

It is also to serve as the ideal dialogue platform for the advocacy of a comprehensive policy and legal direction for elevating the standards of widows in Ghana.

Through WANE, over 300 widow groupings have been formed in Ghana with membership swelling to over 6,000 nationwide. Among the prominent personalities at the conference were Margaret Owen (Founder and President of Widows for Peace through Democracy – London), Anne Kyomugisha Executive Director of Forum for Community Change and Development – South Sudan) and Hon. Nana Oye Lithur (Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection).

Mama Zimbi stated that most widows in Africa, especially Ghana, are held responsible for their husbands’ death. She said it has proven quiet difficult to get rid of some bad widowhood rites because many people still have strong attachment to all sorts of superstitious beliefs.

However, education through advocacy and the provision of employable skills such as what the Widows Alliance Network (WANE) provides should be the most appreciable long-term solution to these problems plaguing our society.

For this and many other reasons, she said, “Mama Zimbi Foundation has come to remind widows in Africa and especially Ghana that, “Widowhood is not a curse. Your life is worth living. You are of value. And you can build a future for yourself and your family.”

Sponsors of NAWAC-2013 included Unibank, Gewah Homeopathic Hospital, Indomie Instant Noodles, Ice Cool Purified Water and Mobile Engineering Services.

Supporters were Blooms Cakes and More, Danny’s Décor, Last Hour Catering Services, Cocoa Processing Co. Ltd and Ghana International Trade Fair Centre.

Media partners were Multi TV, TV3, Metro TV, DDP, Citi FM, Joy FM, Adom FM, Media Fanbern, Websoft Solutions.

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Widows in West Africa empowered

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The Widows Alliance Network (WANE) project for sustainable economic development of widows aims at emancipating Ghanaian widows from the social, cultural and economic difficulties brought about by the injustices they face because of their status. Through WANE, over 300 widow groupings have been formed in Ghana with membership swelling to over 6,000 nationwide. Email: mamazimbifoundation@gmail.com or visit http://www.mamazimbi.org

Widowhood in Africa gets attention

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The Widows Alliance Network (WANE) project for sustainable economic development of widows aims at emancipating Ghanaian widows from the social, cultural and economic difficulties brought about by the injustices they face because of their status. Through WANE, over 300 widow groupings have been formed in Ghana with membership swelling to over 6,000 nationwide. Email: mamazimbifoundation@gmail.com or visit http://www.mamazimbi.org