Some women farmers in Bauchi have advised political aspirants vying for elective posts in the 2011 elections to initiate gender sensitive programmes to enhance the socio-economic wellbeing of women in the state.
Hajiya Babi Ahmadu, a spokesperson for women in Liman-Katagum Community of Bauchi Local Government Area gave the advice on Tuesday at a political rally.
The rally was organised for women to drum-up support for a PDP Bauchi-South senatorial candidate, Sen. Muhammad Maikafi.
Ahmadu also called on the candidates to engage women in their electioneering campaign activities, adding that this would encourage politicians to carry women along and involve them in the scheme of things.
She said women’s involvement in active politics would help to reduce poverty as well as enhance economic empowerment and wealth creation among rural women.
“Women are making positive contributions to political development, especially at the grass-roots level. We provided majority of the votes, but we are always forgotten after elections.
“Women are agitating for positive change and a new role in the political arena,” Ahmadu said.
Also speaking, Hajiya Zainab Rufai, Women Leader of the Maikafi Campaign Organisation, said they had outlined various programmes to empower women and improve their social status.
Rufai urged the women to use their votes wisely and vote for candidates of their choice.
Maikafi served as senator on the platform of the PDP between 2003 and 2007, and also contested as a gubernatorial running mate in the 2007 general elections.
Maikafi also contested as a gubernatorial running mate in the 2007 general elections.