women miners
women miners

The Malawian Ministry of Gender and Child Development is working on the barriers that block women and children participation in Artisan and Small Scale Mining (ASM) sector and other broader gender issues in the industry.?Women in the country have emerged as a dominant pillar in the sector.
women miners

women miners

Child labour has also become a dominant problem prevalent in the Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining subsector since ?Artisanal and Small Scale Miners prefer employing children because these children do not have a bargaining power for wages.

This development is having negative effects on their health and education.

In this regard, the ministry will be responsible for the regulation of involvement and employment of children in the ASM subsector.

The Malawian Government says in recognition of the fact that in the ASM subsector, there is inadequate awareness of HIV/Aids as well as stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV/Aids, it will formulate policy that will facilitate HIV/Aids awareness campaigns and training in HIV/Aids.

Government will also enforce regulations against child labour and abuse, facilitate sensitization and awareness campaigns about child labour issues, and provide more educational infrastructure in remote areas where ASM activities are taking place.

Government however admits that women in the ASM subsector face more challenges than men and lists the challenges as difficulties in accessing financial, technical and legal support, social-economic perceptions about their status, and unfair cultural traditions that impose a heavy family burden and limit their mobility.
However, Government says the Policy will encourage equal participation in the ASM subsector in order to overcome the challenges faced by women in their operations.

At a workshop organized for women in the ASM sector, the President for Malawi Women in Mining (MAWIMA) Mrs. Emma Adam indicate that the problems that the small-scale miners are faced with include lack of a stable market for the products and inability to access financial support to boost their businesses.

She however mentioned that it will be appropriate if government, through the policy, will address those challenges and give women the opportunity to operate in the mining sector to help government in its job creation and poverty reduction initiative.

Malawian women miners are involved in the mining of gemstone, gypsum, limestone, gold panning, rock aggregate crushing and sand mining.

The women miners in the ASM subsector are also able to produce lime, chalk, plates, flower baskets and insulators.

Women miners are able to produce products of international quality but what is required is meaningful Government support that will enable them access capital, use modern equipment and get exposed to the international market.

Source: spyGhana.com


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