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Promoting women-led responsible, traceable, safe and profitable Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining by Mtandazo Women Miners Association in Zimbabwe

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Promoting women-led responsible, traceable, safe and profitable Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining by Mtandazo Women Miners Association in Zimbabwe

Summary of the project 

The project is meant to address risks and conflict related problems affecting Mthandazo and generally women gold miners in Zimbabwe. These include political instability in the country, institutional weaknesses in mining sector administration and violence, abuse and criminality in the gold sector. Further, the women miners do not have adequate access to legal assistance on contracts and agreements signed with gold traders as well as the application of responsible sourcing standards such as the OECD. The project will be anchored on several activities that include legal training, expert training on responsible sourcing, registration of women miners groups, dispute resolution, development of a Due diligence and Traceability System, construction of a storeroom, hiring of security guards and fencing of the Gold Service Centre to make gold mining and milling services sustainable and profitable among others activities.


Envisioned impact

To promote women led responsible, traceable, safe and profitable gold mining in the ASM sector in Zimbabwe through the application of OECD Due Diligence Guidance principles in high-risk or conflict affected areas. The idea is to ensure that women miners are empowered to establish a system for assessing the impact of their gold mining, processing and marketing operations, as part of due diligence to eliminate any vulnerabilities and risks associated with human rights, working conditions, violent conflicts and environmental harm.


Beneficiary groups

Supply chain actors, members of the Mthandazo Women Miners Association

“The project is exciting in that, not only are we empowering women on responsible sourcing allowing them to unlock their potential as miners, but it will serve as a model that can be adopted in Zimbabwe and put Zimbabwe on the map in line with OECD guidelines and in particular promoting responsible sourcing in high risk-and conflict affected areas.”, Nobuhle T Mabhikwa Project leader


Intervantion territory

Gwanda, Matebeleland South Province, Zimbabwe

Implementing partners

Time-frame
2 years: 1 May 2019 - 30 April 2021

Mineral
Gold

Photo credit: Mthandazo Women Miners Association