A non-governmental organisation, United Business Women Association of Nigeria and Diaspora has empowered 2,000 less privileged widows in Anambra State.
President of the Association, Mrs Nkiru Duru while giving out the empowerment items at Sharon house Onitsha, Anambra state stated the programme was designed towards alleviating poverty amongst widows and vulnerable women in the South-East region.
According to her, the distributed empowerment items, which include sewing machines, blending machines, bags of rice and wrappers would assist the beneficiaries in small scale industries.
Mrs Duru said it is important to empower women to enhance family and community development as they are the heart of many homes.
She also urged them to avoid jealousy, noting that “When you take your eyes off your goals and begin to look at the progress or success of others, it gives birth to jealousy.
“Never criticise successful people who are doing well. Maintain good character, great people emerge today because of their good character. Nobody will want to do anything serious with someone with dubious character”.
She, however, expressed dismay over the neglect of widows by the government in the country, noting that during the electioneering period, politicians will make promises to the widows and vulnerable people that would never be fulfilled after voting them into office.
The National Publicity Secretary of the association, Mrs Nkiru Nwagbo said with entrepreneurial support and capacity-building opportunities, the association is determined to impact the society positively at various levels.
She, therefore, urged the government to support women at all levels especially the vulnerable and widows.