Women have been urged to avail themselves of opportunities that came their way to enable them to contribute effectively to national development.
This is to help bridge the gap between them and their male counterparts who dominate all spheres of national endeavours, thereby relegating them to the background.
Dr Naana Agyemang Mensah, Country Director of Hunger Project-Ghana who made the call, said the time had come for women to take their rightful positions in society by involving themselves in issues of national concerns to ensure a balanced representation in decision making from the grass roots to the national level.
She stressed the need for women to discard the habit of under-rating themselves in the midst of men and charged them to consider themselves as equally capable of taking up challenging tasks when the need arose.
Dr Agyemang Mensah was addressing a day's workshop for selected women at Adomfe in the Asante Akim South District.
The workshop dubbed; "We Know Politics", was organized by Hunger Project- Ghana in collaboration with Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF). It was attended by 50 participants drawn from women groups, associations, and the district assemblies.
It was to collate views of women and submit them to political parties, aspiring members of parliament and presidential candidates to address them during their campaigns.
Dr Agyemang Mensah advocated the need for women to vote for their fellow women contesting various seats to increase their number in parliament, saying they would better address their needs.
She entreated men not to discourage their wives who showed interest in politics but to create an enabling environment for them to pursue their political ambitions, adding that politics was not the preserve of men.
Dominant among issues raised was the need for women to have easy access to credit facilities and flexible payment terms to enable them to improve their businesses.