IWS set to empower 50 widows in Nigeria

Posted: March 14, 2013 in general

iws pix 1The International Women’s Society (IWS) has announced plans to endow 50 widows in the country by providing them with grants to establish businesses with a view to engaging and empowering them towards gainful business and trades this year.

Making the pledge at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos venue of the Investiture Ceremony of the society’s 2013/2014 newly-elected executive members on Tuesday, the new president, Mrs Grace Nakubyana Kalango, also announced that revealed for women would assume the thrust of her tenure as leader of the non-governmental organization.

The International Women’s Society was founded in 1957 in Lagos by a group of international public-spirited women from various parts of the world but who are predominantly resident in Nigeria, and with the major aim of fostering, promoting and advancing the cause of women and children primarily in Nigeria.

The Zambian-born Kalango, who sought the cooperation of the corporate sector and the women towards making the goal realisable, therefore, pledged to financially endow widows for the economic sustenance of their families.

“I’m proud of being the IWS president because I know the various accomplishments of the IWS in time past and this knowledge makes me feel proud and happy to serve as president. I will endeavour to work hand-in-hand with other women to realise the lofty goals and ambitions that we have set for ourselves in this tenure, largely because I also know there can be no meaningful development without cooperation.

“Education will be the bedrock and thrust of our goal for this tenure and I intend to endow 50 widows with the support and cooperation of corporate organizations and our sponsors. This is to ensure that these women rise above being mere petty traders to engaging in meaningful and lofty businesses of economic empowerment for themselves and their families,” pledged Kalango.

On plans by her executive to ensure proper utilization of the money by the beneficiaries, Kalango explained that the money was not to be given as loans but as grants, adding that the aspect of monitoring would be concluded by the incoming executive as is the tradition of the society.

Kalango, who assumes office as the 56th president of the over five decade-old organization, had served as vice president in the immediate out-gone executive, and is also the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Towdah Travel and Tours Limited, a Lekki, Lagos-based travel firm, as well as the Founder of the Grazie Fashion House.

The IWS Investiture Ceremony which was chaired by Mr. Tunde Folawiyo attracted players in the financial sector of the economy including financial pledges by Skye Bank and Fidelity Bank, as well as the Zambian High Commissioner in Nigeria, Mr Paul Wiliam Lumbi, who was represented by the Defence Attache at the Lagos Ofiice.

Married for 29 years to Bayelsan Mr. Araba Kalango, a former top official of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the newly president of the IWS, Mrs Grace Kalango will serve as president till next year.

The 22-member executive committee for the 2013/2014 term sworn-in at the Investiture Ceremony which was conducted by Her Excellency, Mrs. Amina Ahmadu include: Mrs Folasade Oyeniyi (Vice President), Mrs Nkoli Oggolu (Secretary), Mrs Audrey Joe-Ezigbo (Programme Secretary), Ms tokunbo Edowaye-Iyamu (Membership Secretary), Hajiya Zainab Saleh (Newsletter Editor), Mrs Elsa Bishop (Skills Acquisition Centre Chairperson), Mrs Nike Bakare- Ajayi (Legal Advisor), and others, alongside a five-member ex office that includes; dame Marie Fatayi-Williams, Mrs Gbemi Sasore, Mrs Bimbo Bawaallah, Mrs Nkiru Anumudu and Chief (Dr) Katia Ekesi.

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