By Luka Daniel (Bauchi),
Women have been called upon to engage themselves in Petty trading and other small scale businesses so as to avoid over dependence on men to fend for their various needs.
The Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji, (Dr.) Rilwanu Sulaimanu Adamu, gave the charge yesterday when he received in audience, members of the FAHIMTA Women and Youth Development Initiative (FAWOYDI), who were at his palace on a courtesy visit, as part of activities marking this year's International Women Day celebration.
According to the Emir, women in Nigeria are relegated to the background and are scarcely given the opportunity to prove their capability.
The founder of the NGO, Hajiya Maryam Garba, had earlier explained that the International Women Day, was aimed at raising awareness and consciousness of all people to the plight of women, as well as, initiating responsive programs and activities to bridge gender gaps.
Hajiya Maryam, who said, this year's theme "Press for Progress " calls for collective action of both men and women, young and old to push gender agenda forward considering the fact that women are still left behind in many facets of human development, appealed to the monarch to use his influence and help in the advocacy for women empowerment in the state and country as a whole.