Apeatua Addo, GNA
Tarkwa (W/R), March 20, GNA – Women in Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality have benefitted from a leadership development programme to enable them to tap into opportunities available in mining firms.
The AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem (AAI) Gold Mine in collaboration with Gold Fields Tarkwa mine organised the programme to nurture the leadership mentality among women in their host communities.
The programme, which was organised to climax the world international women’s day celebration, was to among others encourage the involvement of women in the activities of the mines.
The theme for this year’s celebration was “Empowering women to have a leadership mentality”.
Mr Jasper Musadaidzwa, the Managing Director of AAI Gold Mine, said women were drivers of change in their homes, communities and the nation at large.
He said the Iduapriem Gold Mine has empowered women in its catchment communities with various interventions.
He said company’s workforce of 613 employees has eight percent females ranging from the junior to executive committee level.
“We acknowledge that although mining is a male dominated industry, eight percent female among our employees is very low. That in itself sets us a challenge, while at the same time prompting us to change the status quo” he stated.
The female staff had gone through internal and external development programmes to prepare them adequately for higher roles in AAI Gold Mine, he added.
The managing director disclosed that two female staff of Iduapriem underwent a year-long AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) special development scheme known as the “Chairman’s Young Leadership Programme” (CYLP) which exposed them to AGA’s other global business units.”
He said another senior female officer in charge of communications was sponsored for half a year to the mine’s corporate office in South Africa, while another female staff at its Maintenance Planning Engineer department underwent a 3-month exposure in its sister mine company in Tanzania.
Mr Musadaidzwa announced that last year, one of their lady mining engineers Madam Mary Anita, who was part of the AngloGold Ashanti Board CYLP became the proud winner of the 2017 best female miner award at Mining Industry Awards organised by the Ghana Chamber of Mines.
Mrs Gifty Eugenia Kusi, the Deputy Western Regional Minister, said 59 percent of Ghana’s population were women as against 41 percent men.
Bringing women under one umbrella to interact among themselves and push a common goal is in the right direction, she added, and commended the two mining firms for organising the training.