Available statistics indicate only about 7 per cent of women are working in the mining industry, a trend described by industry players as discouraging.
WACAM says although some progress has been made towards addressing the imbalance, there is more to be done.
In a one day workshop to discuss women’s participation in the mining sector and it challenges, Executive Director of WACAM, Mrs Hannah Owusu Koranteng contends mining cannot be said to be sustainable until more women enter the field.
She said the concept of sustainability is built on three pillars: social, economic and environmental sustainability hence there’s a need for new policies to allow more women,youth and persons with special needs to the mining sector.
According to her this workshop seeks to draft a policy to government which according to her when adopted will go a long way to involve more women in the sector to help reduce financial burdens in various mining sector.