Mrs Dolapo Ajayi, a gender specialist, has advised women to build self-confidence and forge a common front, to enable them achieve success in their undertakings.
Ajayi, who is also Senior Manager (Tax), Federal Internal Revenue Service (FIRS) gave the advice at the International Women’s Day celebration organised by Fadama III Additional Financing (AF) in Abuja.
She said women needed to network for them to efficient career booster to engender job opportunities.
“Networking is highly important for any leader, but even more so for women. It allows people to share experiences and knowledge and even support each other.
“By doing this, the gender division in the labour market might in a long-term open more doors for women to advance to management level and diversify leadership in male-dominated sectors,’’ she said.
Mr Amara Okalia, Gender Officer for Fadama III AF, said that the day was also to celebrate accomplishments of women in various spheres of human endeavour.
According to her, it is also to open doors for the tapping of the potential of women for the benefit of the present and future generations.
Okalia, however, urged women to correct instances where women were being treated as ”little interest group.”
“We need to be given equal opportunity and rights to explore God’s purpose.
“Women and men should have equal possibilities to get ahead in their careers and rise to higher positions, especially when it is not a question of incompetence anymore,’’ she said.
The International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year to commemorate movement for women’s rights.
This year’s theme is ‘’Press for Progress.’’ ; a call for women to press forward without complacency, and make positive changes and move towards equality.