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Chamber of Mines study: Women represent 10% of total workforce in mining sector

The Chamber of Mines said it is happy majority of these women have currently taken up technical and senior roles in the mining sector

A study conducted by the Ghana Chamber of Mines in 2023 has revealed that women represent approximately 10% of the total workforce in the large-scale mining sector, the highest recorded so far.

The Chamber of Mines said it is happy majority of these women have currently taken up technical and senior roles in the mining sector.

This was revealed in a speech read on behalf of the CEO of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Dr Sulemanu Koney by Lawrencia Boahemaa Awuah, manager of human resource and operations at the Chamber at the official inauguration of the BCM Women in Mining chapter in Accra on Friday (31 May).

“Traditionally, the mining industry has been deemed as male-dominated with women constituting a small percentage of the total workforce.

“The Chamber of Mines annual industry demographic study in 2023 revealed that women represent approximately 10% of the total workforce in the large-scale mining sector, the highest recorded so far.”

“The Chamber and its member companies will continue to prioritise gender diversity and create opportunities for women to participate and contribute fully to the sector. The Chamber is hopeful that BCM’s Women in Mining Chapter will add on to the success stories in the mining industry. We are confident that the management of BCM will continue to give its support to ensure that this group grows and achieves its other objectives,” she said.

The president of Women in Mining Ghana, Dr Georgette Barnes Sakyi-Addo who officially outdoored the BCM Women in Mining chapter, called on women to ensure they excel in their profession irrespective of the challenges.

She commended management of BCM for creating an enabling and cordial environment for the establishment of a Women in Mining Chapter.

“The Women in Mining chapters plays a crucial role in driving growth in organisations, having a vibrant chapter helps deal with a lot of issues, sometimes the chapters act as a source of research, because when we are organized like that, it is easy to find out what is happening and find solutions.

“I wish that we will get to a point where there are enough women, where the mining sector will be inclusive and we don’t need to have Women in Mining groups.”

“But for now we are working on more participation of women in the sector… For me, this is also an economic empowerment issue. The natural resources belongs to Ghana and if your daughter can get a job there, you know she is going to get good pay and training and some form of security,” she said.

Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra

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