By Princewill Ekwujuru
In order to push Abolish Widows Maltreatment campaign beyond advocacy, Felix King Foundation, FKF, has identified agriculture as a tool to genuinely empower vulnerable widows, hence, the Widows in Farming – WIFARM – AID programme planned for launch in June 2017.
Felix King believes that relieving widows of the burdens the society placed on them requires the methodical empowerment of women and widows by not giving handouts but by placing in their hands, skills and tools for economic independence.
Announcing the programme in Benin-City, King said this tool is in agriculture, specifically for the widows in the most vulnerable social bracket.
“We are aware of the huge potential that Nigeria has in agriculture and the roles women have played at family unit levels towards ensuring food sufficiency,”he stated.
“At the subsistence level, farming has enabled many families survive. And semi-mechanized levels, it has, and still, helping a significant number break the vicious poverty to education and then prosperity.
“Our new initiative is therefore to leverage and strengthen this already existing model by instituting Widows in Farming Aid programme (WIFARM-AID) and support it as a platform that will enable widows easily gain access to tools and facilities for commercial Agriculture businesses.”
Unveiling another initiative, King mentioned that Coin of Liberty is a platform with which the campaign will be driven.
The founder of Felix King Foundation said that “the coin of liberty is a coin we are using to drive sensitization and awareness creation towards the total abolition of widows maltreatment in our society.”
He explained that the campaigned has commenced on the digital space.
Unveiling the Coin, the Speaker, Edo House of Assembly, Dr. Justin Okonoboh, commended the foundation for its widows’ maltreatment, not only in Edo but also across Nigeria.