By Kingston Obung
In a bid to encourage and financially empower Cross River state women, especially widows and the very poor at the grassroots, Dr Linda Ayade, wife of the state governor, yesterday in Calabar, officially launched a Non Governmental Organisation, christened ‘Cross River Women Emancipation Initiative, CROWEI.
’ She said the event was organised only for women in the Southern Senatorial district and that same would be replicated in the Central and Northern senatorial zones of the state.
She expressed unhappiness with the level of poverty ravaging women and causing them to lose self esteem, and stated that those categories of women, particularly widows, carry on their shoulders responsibility too heavy for them carry alone, and therefore disclosed that the initiatives was meant to locate such women for encouragement and financial help.
The governor’s wife charged the wards executive, which were inaugurated earlier, to ensure that the very poor and widows in the villages and communities were identified, adding that “we must be our sister’s keeper.
” “Preach this message of emancipation from the yokes of poverty and get our sisters to be part of this vision.
We cannot feel fulfilled when our sisters are suffering and some even dying because there have no money to cater for their day to day livelihood and medical care.
” In her remarks, the mobiliser for the Southern Senatorial District and immediate past Chairman of Calabar South local government area, Majorie Asuquo, said the move was to identify the very poor and give such a one hope.