Urban women and youths need to be empowered if they are to participate fully and meaningfully in the country’s economic activities and improve their quality of life.

More than 200 women and youths gathered at the Moth Hall in Braeside to receive skills as part of efforts to reduce poverty levels in urban areas.

They were given training and skills in candle making, poultry and rabbit rearing, soap and detergent making among many others.

A local woman, Loice Magweba said she is committed to empowering women with different projects as part of efforts to reduce poverty levels and to improve women’s lives through projects and skills training.

Some of the women and youths who are beneficiaries of the empowerment projects and skills were excited after receiving training and skills which they said will uplift women and youths as well as urban communities at large.

Magweba said she hoped to see other women and non-governmental organisations join hands in the fight against urban poverty and lead from the front in women and youths empowerment initiatives and projects such as poultry, sewing, baking, rabbit rearing, candle and household detergents making among others.

Magweba also donated to the elderly from the Salvation Army Old People’s home in Braeside and other less fortunate members of the society goodies such as mealie-meal, cooking oil, salt and soap.