As part of activities to protect elderly persons from abuse in Enugu State, in its Oxfam-Voice project on curtailing elder abuse in communities, Dewdrop Foundation in partnership with CGE Africa, organized a walk-a-thon in commemoration of the UN’s International Day for Elderly Persons. The goal was to raise awareness in the State on the need and importance of protecting the rights of the elderly persons and to improve their welfare. A Policy Brief on criminalizing elder abuse in Enugu State was also presented to the Governor and key stakeholders. The group was led by the ED of Dewdrop Foundation, Mrs. Agatha Nnaji, Reverend Sister Judith Nwodo and Mrs. Florence Aneka from CGE Africa.
Massive awareness was created in the State on elderly care and protection. The key stakeholders in the state were involved in the campaign against abuses on elderly people. At the walkathon, DDF/CGE Africa presented a Policy Brief on the welfare of the elderly people to the Governor of Enugu State for implementation into law. In attendance were the Governor of Enugu State, the First Lady of Enugu State, Wife of the former Deputy Governor of Enugu State, The Hon. Commissioner for Gender Affairs and Social Development and 17 delegates from the Ministry of Gender Affairs and Social Development, The Deputy Majority Leader of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Reverend sisters from the Little Sisters of the Poor elderly home, 100 elderly people from the project communities, representatives from CGE Africa, delegates from the Enugu State Tourism Board, delegates from the Federal Road Safety Commission, volunteers, Lift Saxum, Women in Agriculture Enugu State, community mobilizers, members of the media (Radio Nigeria, Sunrise FM, The Guardian Newspaper, Daily Sun, Dome Tv, Urban Radio and Dream FM) and DDF Project team.