By Amina Ahmed
Bauchi, Sept.24,2020 Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, has challenged women groups in the country to develop a roadmap that would encourage their active participation in politics from the grassroots.
Tallen threw the challenge during a town-hall meeting with women and stakeholders on Thursday in Bauchi.
She said her ministry would also develop a roadmap that would assist in the development of the womenfolk and the protection of children, nationwide.
She commended women groups and non-governmental organizations in the state for their contributions in ensuring that girls of school age were enrolled and retained in schools.
The minister reminded the menfolk that women were not their competitors, but should rathe be seen as persons with capacity to also contribute towards national development.
She appealed to traditional and religious leaders to change their perception on women’s involvement in leadership position and politics.
Speaking at the occasion, Mrs Aisha Mohammed, wife of Bauchi state governor, appealed to the minister to assist in empowering vulnerable women and children in the state.
She said the committee set up in the state to address cases of violence against women received no fewer than 30 rape cases of rape and domestic violence in three months, hence the need for collective action to check the menace.