African Widows Summit (TAWS) Zanzibar, Tanzania June 2024

In observance of International Widow’s Day, Mme Nicholine Awumbom Musi, the executive director of the Mike Yanou Foundation and media lead for TAWS Africa, representing TAWS Cameroon with support from the Ministry of Women Empowerment and the Family, was present at the just concluded African Widows Summit (TAWS) which took place in Zanzibar, Tanzania, from June 20th to 22nd, 2024. Under the theme “Women in Widowhood: Reforming the African Space,” this premier three-day conference aimed to address the critical issue of widowhood across the African continent. TAWS seeks to provide political leadership, guidance, and recommendations on the widow’s agenda within the African Union.

The main objectives of The African Widows Summit (TAWS) were as follows:

Political Leadership and Recommendations: TAWS aims to provide a platform for high-level political leadership, guidance, and the formulation of recommendations concerning the widow’s agenda within the African Union.

Inclusion in AU Conferences: TAWS seeks to advance the inclusion and active participation of women in widowhood and their agenda in key African Union conferences, fostering a comprehensive approach to addressing widowhood-related challenges.

Integrated Solutions: The summit intends to enhance the integration of holistic actions and strategies aimed at effectively addressing the multifaceted challenges faced by women in widowhood across the African continent.

Promotion of Best Practices: TAWS will facilitate the sharing and implementation of best cultures and practices that enhance women in widowhood’s rights and protection within Africa, contributing to the overall upliftment of women in widowhood welfare.

Stakeholder Cooperation and Coordination: TAWS aims to improve collaboration, cooperation, and coordination among diverse stakeholders, gatekeepers, and influential entities operating across the African continent