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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


Documentary Screening

Marange Voices: Community Voices(Women's Lived Experiences) Watch the video:

14:00 - 16:00 hrs


Break Away Session 1:

Women rights and mining


ZIDAWU

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:
  • • The women in the mining sector are challenged by the mining company policies set into place. There is gender segregation as the women are only hired to do the low end of the jobs and never get to do the higher end of the jobs.
  • • There are issues with remuneration, women being paid less as compared to their male counterparts.
  • • Maternity leave is not recognised, one is forced to resign or is replaced while on maternity leave.
  • • Women are not at liberty to the worker’s union thus they cannot equally voice their concerns and challenges they are facing to the company management.
  • • There are issues with health as there are no provisions for women especially with regards to sanitary waste disposal.
  • ZIDAWU has helped assist women as they go for hearings and have educated them on their rights.

    In Hwange

    There 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.

    Plenary

  • • The ministry of mines to reduce the money needed to acquire licences to take part in mining activities.
  • • Women face challenges in accessing credit to start up mining businesses.
  • • Women were encouraged to be courageous and not to be intimidated by men in the sector. Women can equally do what men can do.
  • • Women to use platforms such as the symposium to lobby and engage with those in authority to help come up with solutions.
  • Recommendations

  • • Parents to remember their role and play it in rising children.
  • • MoZ to protect the interests of its people
  • • Ministry of mines to loser fees for licences for women in small scale mining.
  • • Women encouraged to unite, to work together and not against each other.
  • • Raisin of the youths is a community role considering the changes in society set up
  • 14:00 - 16:00 hrs


    Break Away Session 3: Legal reforms

    ZELA’S KEY ASKS

  • • The legal framework is gender neutral
  • • Minning laws have a clear exclusion of women and there is no regulation of ASM.
  • • There is absence of quarter system within the allocation disabled women are excluded
  • • The Mines and Minerals bill is silent on issues of relocation and compensation wereas women are mostly affected .
  • • EIAs access the environmental impacts but it is not enough because the impacts of women ,men and children are very different and it should clearly show the difference
  • • The mining cadastre register’s access to information doesn’t show how many women are in the mining sector

    How were are going to reach the women in the mining sector

  • -build women’s agency
  • -influencing the legal framework to address issues of gender
  • -help women in the mining companies ,ASM not legalised, farming and also women in mining areas
  • ACTS that need to be realigned Which relate to Ectractives Industries

  • -EIA ACT
  • -FORESTRY ACT
  • -WATER ACT
  • -ZINWA
  • RECOMMENDATIONS

  • -Quarter system for employment of women in the EI
  • -State should develop mineral benficiation programs for women
  • -Mining cooperatives for women
  • -grant mining licenses for women
  • -encourage women to participate involve women in policy formulation and implementation
  • -simplification of language and easy access
  • -deliberate training on mining for women
  • -women should also be in decision making board
  • -women should also get gold buying certificates
  • -Legal framework is exclusionary it should just be reviewed together for easy implementation and monitoring.