January 17, 2018

Namibia upping the ante in women empowerment

Namibia is leaving no stone unturned in its efforts to reach gender parity in all economic sectors, and one such avenue is in the mining sector. The country’s deputy minister of mines and energy, Deputy Minister, Kornelia Shilunga, stated this during the recent Seventh annual Women in Mining Conference held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Shilunga referred her appointment as the country’s first female Mines and Energy Deputy Minister as underpinning the government’s commitment to empowering women in mineral resources. In addition, she mentioned that females made up around 40% of students in mining and geology courses at Namibian universities.

However, she acknowledged that there were still a number of mountains to climb, as women made up less than 10% of the mining industry’s workforce and only 3.4% of companies made up less than 10% of executives presently.

“Much more needs to be done to ensure equal representation for women in the mining industry in Namibia, but we are confident this can be achieved as our Constitution and the Affirmative Action Employment Act seek to promote the role of women in all spheres of the country’s economy,” she said.

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