By Shuvai Mutami
17 March 2022
Females in the mining sector in Zvishavane sometimes face challenges
that affect their full participation in the sector.
Sexual violence against women at some mining sites are
“A lot of women are discriminated against especially where
extensive mining takes place,” once said Henrietta Rushwaya former….
(President of ZMF.2021)
“In some places where women have mining claims, they face verbal
and sexual violence from their male counterparts such that women empowerment in
this important economic sector becomes difficult to achieve.”
She said women played a vital part in the upliftment of the
country’s economy but were lowly represented in mining with men dominating the
“But all the same, as women, we cannot continue to be cry-babies
and it is entirely up to us to claim a stake in the sector,” she said.
In 2021, while addressing the same symposium, Parliamentary Portfolio
Committee on Mines and Mining Development Chairperson Edmond Mkaratigwa said
women were marginalised and there was need for a holistic approach to end the
“Women are at the periphery of mining in Zimbabwe, and we must
endeavour to change this,” he said.
He blamed patriarchy and defined gender roles as some of the
reasons women continue to be disadvantaged in the mining sector.
Zvishavane Women Miners Association Chairlady Shuvai Mutami, has
raised great concerns on the several challenges women and young miners are
facing because of gender-based violence. She however appreciates organisations
like ZELA through several projects like Women Can Do It (WCDI) which have
managed to train women to stand up and raise alarm where their rights have been
violated in their mining workplace.
Women in Local Government Forum Midlands chapter, President
Idirashe Dongo concurred, saying the country is facing a crisis in terms of
A 2016-2019 Centre for Natural Resource Governance research
revealed that women in mining were constant targets of domestic and sexual
Experts argue that women empowerment is vital as women play a significant
role in providing for their families. There is need for local government
and other civil society to develop mechanisms to reduce gender-based violence
in the sector.