1 February 2013

Nigeria: Widows Urged to Embrace Self Empowerment

Widows in FCT rural communities have been urged to learn relevant skills that will make them self reliant instead of sitting idly for assistance which are hard to come by.

Founder of an NGO, Tomorrow's Women Development Organisation, Mrs. Chinyere Ezenwokike, said this during an empowerment programme for about 100 widows on Sunday.

Mrs. Ezenwokike said the organisation has been working at the grassroots to put smiles on the faces of widows, vulnerable children and less privileged women through skills acquisition trainings as well as empowerment initiatives.

According to her, the organisation has been to communities such as Jikwoyi, Angwa Gade and Gishiri communities in FCT, where they trained women on skills such as tailoring, soap making, cake baking and other vocational skills.

Mrs. Ezenwokike said her organisation decided to donate wrappers to the widows as part of activities marking the Founder's Day celebrations.

On her part, former minister of Women Affairs, Mrs. Josephine Anenih, urged the government and wealthy Nigerians to give attention to the empowerment of rural women.

She commended Mrs. Ezenwokike for writing a book on entrepreneurial development among people at the grassroots, adding that it would go a long way in equipping them with requisite knowledge on self reliance development.

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