LIVE UPDATES: GENDER AND EXCTRACTIVES SYMPOSIUM
Agenda Press Release
08:00 - 09:00 hrs
Key Note Speeches
There is need for the removal of barriers for the removal of barriers that hinders women participation in mining. This calls for Gender equity and social inclusion in Zimbabwe's mining sector. The current model of mining is deeply embeded in various forms of conflict and violence.
Women are also not allowed into artisinal mines when mensurating-taken as bad omen. Same barriers being used to marginalise women in mining were the same used to deter women from politics. Key challenges for women in mining is access to knowledge Stressed also was the importance of building MPs capacity to effective debate in the ongoing legal reforms. Australian Embassador in Zimbabwe Ms Suzanne McCaourt noted that women need to support each other in breaking the gender barriers and advocate for improved legal policy frameworks that promote gender equality and inclusion in the mining sector.
09:00 - 10:00 hrs
Women Participation in Mining value chains
Women face legal, institutional, information and financial barriers.
GBV and sexual harassment are rife in mining areas.
Women and children are the most affected by environmental effects of mining. Therefore there is need for increased women participation in Board of State Enterprises(Policies and Contracts).More advocacy is required on women rights and development of tools and guidelines
Women are also not allowed into artisinal mines when mensurating-taken as bad omen. Same barriers being used to marginalise women in mining were the same used to deter women from politics. Key challenges for women in mining is access to knowledge Stressed also was the importance of building MPs capacity to effective debate in the ongoing legal reforms.
Australian Embassador in Zimbabwe Ms Suzanne McCaourt noted that women need to support each other in breaking the gender barriers and advocate for improved legal policy frameworks that promote gender equality and inclusion in the mining sector.
11:00 - 12:00 hrs
Ease of doing Business in the Mining Sector: Private Sector Perspective
Private Sector players, CBZ and LAFARGE gave perspectives on the ease of doing business in the mining sector. They have put in place measures that are gender diversity and inclusion sensitive for example lactation facility at LAFARGE to cater for those on lactation period. They have also gender equality organizational policies for equal opportunities. LAFARGE recently launched the empowerment programme: "Shine: SIMUKA UPENYE" for girls in Mabvuku.
12:00 - 13:00 hrs
Marange Voices: Community Voices(Women's Lived Experiences)
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14:00 - 16:00 hrs
Break Away Session 1:
Women rights and mining
This organisation has taken it to address the challenges faced by women in the mining sector. some of the challenges faced by women are stated below:
In HwangeThere has been a problem with the payment of salaries, with workers being given cushion salary of US200 and is paid once in every six months, thus it has been hard for women to fend for their families. This has driven women in to prostitution to raise money to take care of their families and thus has increased the number of HIV/AIDS related infection cases and polygamy in Hwange. There has been an increase of breast and cervix cancer with women being misinformed that the coal dust can be used as sexual enhancer increasing the chances of cancer. At least 7 women are reported to have died last year 2016 from cancer in Hwange. There also have been problems with water contamination increasing the number of diseases.
Women’s rights forum.The women’s rights forum represented by Mai Jena educates women on their rights and does comminute monitoring, gathering information and monitoring of child headed families. The communities in Chimanimani Hot springs are not benefiting from the mining activities taking place in the areas. If there is any change with regards to mining the changes are affecting them negatively has there has been a lot of water pollution resulting in the dead and loss of their livestock. There has been no infrastructural development, the community bridge is now dilapidated, schools were demolished to make room for mining and no replacement school were constructed. Schools are overcrowded. The responsible authorities such as EMA are not responding, a usd45000 fine was paid by the company to EMA following complaints by the community and nothing has been paid to the community.
14:00 - 16:00 hrs
Break Away Session 3: Legal reforms
ZELA’S KEY ASKS