The Women of the Development Minerals Sector


International Women’s Day 2017




Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) is the largest production base of Development Minerals in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Women make up more than 40% of the conservatively estimated eight million artisanal and small-scale miners in Africa alone.

Women's involvement in the sector varies within and between countries. Many are involved in actual mining, quarrying and rock crushing. Others are active in the use, value-addition and sale of Development Minerals in local markets. Many others earn a livelihood by supplying goods and services to Development Minerals operations.

In some of the poorest, most marginalised communities, Development Minerals provide a steady and reliable income for women, which helps meet the cost of essential household expenses, including food, clothes, school fees and books, as well as family medical costs, which helps improve their standard of living and overall well-being.

To mark International Women's Day, we met three women working in the Development Minerals sector and asked them why they choose to be part of the sector. We hope you enjoy meeting them.



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