"When you empower a woman, you empower a nation," she said
In the same vein, Ambassador Ikemba Divine, Co-founder of SOWD, said that the initiative which was conceived about three years back, had been a long time coming.
Speaking on the criteria for selection of the beneficiaries, he told newsmen that the initiative had done a careful selection over time.
He noted that this was done by physically interacting with the widows and visiting their homes, businesses and environment in a bid to determine those who truly qualify for the Initiative's succor.
Ikemba also underscored the need for government and financially virbrant Nigeriana, to key into such initiative, since the whole essence of government is giving a meaning to the lives of its citizenry.
Meanwhile, Executive Director of SOWD, Miss Amuche Jennifer Ejinkeonye said that May 27, which also coincides with the launch of the initiative, is very significant to the body.
According to her, the initiative is aimed at bringing succour to disadvantaged members of society like the widows, orphans, and even the disabled, which is why SOWD centres on showing and spreading love.
"This day May 27 is significant to us as it coincides with the launch of the Initiative.
"A large percentage of the widows we are reaching out to, are also mothers and we are optimistic that our outreach will make the desired difference," she said.
Reacting to the empowerment, a beneficiary, Mrs LovIna Eze said that her husband died about three years ago leaving her behind with two kids to cater for all by herself
According to her, since the death of her husband, she had been desserted by family and friends, who never bothered to check on their existence.
She, therefore, thanked SOWD for coming to the rescue and giving her a reason to smile again.
On her part, another widow, Mrs Anthonia Odo, also expressed deep pleasure on the empowerment, and showed surprise that such body of humans still existed in our present world.
"I cannot say much, but I must say thank you to SOWD for remebering me and I pray God almighty to richly bless and reward them.," she said
Another widow, Mrs Modesta Ogbonna, who said she had lost her husband since 12 years ago, also bemoaned the spate of neglect of widows in society
According to her, she was abandoned by those she felt she could rely on in her moment of grief, adding that she is however, relieved by the kind gesture of SOWD.
She also prayed God to bless and reward the initiative
The event also had in attendance some members of the catholic community , Lagos traders, students among others