Section 56 of the Zimbabwean Constitution provides a
solid legal stand- point for the promotion and protection of equality and non- discrimination
However, the unprecedented impact of COVID- 19 is disproportionately affecting women,
and this has the likelihood of increasing their vulnerabilities.
According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD),
70% of health workers are women and such are most exposed to the COVID-19
wealth exploitation in Zimbabwe has contributed to the country’s economy and
further increased through expansion of mineral activities necessitated by
‘Zimbabwe is open for business’. This sector was not spared from the pandemic
despite receiving lockdown exemptions to continue operating under certain
is further comprised largely of the informal sector which is also principally
comprised of women some of which are part of the artisanal and small- scale
(ASM) sector. The Interparliamentary
Union in its guiding note for parliaments noted that due to this factor, women
are excluded from the benefits of the formal sector which include pensions,
social insurance and paid sick leave.
In a fragile economy such as that of Zimbabwe, a
closer look is imperative on the impacts of lockdowns and the pandemic on vulnerable
groups such as women. It is necessary to understand the intricate dimensions of
mining communities with a specific lens on gender issues. Achieving gender
equality is hinged on changes on institutional and societal practices that
ordinarily disenfranchise women.
Main Objective of the study (paper)
To produces a paper
analyzing the impacts of COVID- 19 on women in mining communities through investigate the gender issues in the mining sector with an aim to bring
about the impact of COVID- 19 on women against the backdrop of equitable
resource governance. The paper will also investigate policy initiatives that
promote social equity and empower women for sustainable development.
3.0 Specific Terms of Reference
The specific terms of reference of the paper are:
- To highlight the impact of COVID-19 on women in mining
- to investigate gender issues in the mining sector and
policy initiatives that promote inclusion and equality in the mining sector;
- To give recommendations for the promotion of equality,
non- discrimination and inclusion of women in the mining sector.
an analytical paper that will highlight and provide credible information on
gender issues in the mining sector considering the COVID- 19 pandemic; and
policy recommendations for the promotion of gender equality in mining.
Interested and qualified Consultants who meet the
above requirements should send their application clearly stating how they meet
the requirements, methodology to be used and cost of the consultancy to: firstname.lastname@example.org
by the 14th of June 2020. The title of the consultancy should be
clearly stated in the email subject.
 Section 56 of the
Constitution of Zimbabwe provides for Equality and non-discrimination.