Women have been urged to take an active role in the business sector in order to contribute meaningfully to the development of the country.

The call was made during a local business academy graduation ceremony that was held on Saturday (yesterday) in the capital.

Traditionally, the role of women was limited mostly to child bearing and the kitchen.

Although both are vital roles for a woman, they are not an end to her calling.

Speaking on the sidelines of the graduation ceremony for 26 students, 23 of them women who completed a business leadership, management and entrepreneurship programme, founder of Yolk Business Academy Mr Gram Kwaramba said their main focus is on the empowerment of widows and single mothers at the margins of society.

Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province Cde Miriam Chikukwa said women who are empowered become solutions to challenges within their communities while the acting provincial officer in the Ministry of Women and Youth Affairs Mr Enerst Chimboza underscored the importance of empowering women.

Barriers such as gender discrimination, lack of confidence, low literacy and lack of time and money continue to prevent girls and young women from fully participating in the mainstream economy.