A non-governmental organisation, AbleGod Women Development Forum, yesterday launched a nationwide food security and women empowerment programme aimed at cushioning the hardship in the land.
President of the forum, Ambassador Okedeyi Olufunmilayo Gafaru, launched the programme at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.
About 5,000 women were inaugurated to spearhead the scheme which is aimed at fighting hunger and food insecurity at the national, state and local government levels.
The ambassador said the executives are expected to sensitise and empower other women in agriculture, especially at the grassroots.
She noted that the scheme was also targeted at children, especially the girl-child, emphasising that “when you empower a woman, you have empowered the nation.”
She appreciated the First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, for her love for women empowerment and the general emancipation of the female gender.
The forum’s director of media, Mrs Jovita Iwanger, lamented the general neglect of women, stressing that women are only considered during elections to tap from their numerical strength and called on men for a change of attitude.
She revealed that about 30,000 people have been reached since the programme commenced in May this year while about 17,000 have registered and called for the support of government and good-hearted individuals to enhance women empowerment.