Ministry of Lands to Partner Women in Mining to Ensure Gender Inclusivity in Industry

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Ministry of Lands to collaborate with Women in Mining for gender inclusivity in the industry. Stay updated on efforts to promote diversity and equality.

The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources will collaborate with Women in Mining Ghana (WIM) to promote inclusivity within the mining sector. This partnership aims to create opportunities for women across all facets of the industry, particularly in administrative roles, spanning from entry-level positions to leadership positions. Support will be provided for women’s training and education in fields such as geology and chemical engineering.

This initiative arises from the recognition that the mining sector remains predominantly male-dominated and faces challenges regarding gender and social inclusion. Efforts will focus on increasing women’s participation, which currently remains disproportionately low. WIM, in conjunction with the Ghana National Association of Small-Scale Mining (GNASSM), will offer alternative livelihood training programs in jewelry making and lapidary to address these issues.

Georgette Barnes Sakyi-Addo, President of Women in Mining Ghana, highlighted research findings revealing obstacles faced by women in the sector, including limited access to information, financial resources, and supportive policies. She stressed the need for actionable solutions, urging stakeholders to champion diversity, inclusion, and belonging not only within Ghana but also across the African Union and ECOWAS.

Solidarity messages were delivered by Women in Mining Africa Presidents from Congo, Niger, Nigeria, and Namibia. According to the Mineral Commission of Ghana, only 9 percent of women professionals are employed in large-scale mining corporations out of a total workforce of 31,609.

During a National Policy Dialogue organized by WIM Ghana in Accra, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Jinapor, affirmed the government’s commitment to collaborating with Women in Mining Ghana and industry stakeholders to foster meaningful changes for a more inclusive and prosperous mining sector. He highlighted the importance of inclusivity and justice in expanding participation, acknowledging the significant economic contributions of women to the sector, particularly through initiatives like catering services, which generate substantial revenue.

Chairman of the occasion and Board member of the Minerals Commission, Mrs. Judy Nakuor Crayem, noted that despite women constituting 50 percent of the labor force in the mining sector, they are often excluded from critical decision-making processes. She emphasized the importance of providing equal opportunities for all women in the sector, without discrimination, to address these challenges.

Source: Graphic Online


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