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CeSIS calls on gov’t to retain more women in extractive sector

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The Center for Social Impact Studies (CeSIS) has called on the government to devise strategies to retain women in management roles in the mining industry.

CeSIS made the call in a statement to commemorate International Women’s Day on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.

“We call on the government to deliberately adopt strategies to attract, retain and encourage women to actively get involved in the management of natural resources in Ghana,” CeSIS noted in the statement.

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is; “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow” with the associated slogan “Break the Bias.” 

Read the full statement below:

PRESS STATEMENT BY CENTRE FOR SOCIAL IMPACT STUDIES (CeSIS) TO COMMEMORATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

END THE BIAS AGAINST WOMEN IN THE MINING SECTOR!!

The Center for Social Impact Studies (CeSIS) congratulates all women on the occasion of International Women’s Day for their immense social, economic, cultural and political contribution towards the development of Ghana.

In line with this year’s theme: “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow” with the associated slogan “Break the Bias”, CeSIS is highlighting the unequal burden that women at all levels carry in the mining sector. Women in mining communities shoulder the biggest burden of the negative impacts of mining: being deprived of their livelihoods, trekking for miles to fetch water and food for the family (because water bodies have been polluted) in addition to catering to the needs of children and the aged in the society. These responsibilities make it difficult for them to move to places in search of better livelihood opportunities. Women who work for multinational mining companies also face the glaring discrimination of being paid less than their male counterparts for the same work done. Such women are also less likely to climb to the top of the corporate ladder as compared to their male colleagues. Finally, women in the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector also encounter diverse forms of discrimination including in access to mineral concessions.

It is in our view that without gender equality today, a sustainable future, and an equal future, remain beyond our reach in the extractive sector.

We call on government to deliberately adopt strategies to attract, retain and encourage women to actively get involved in the management of natural resources in Ghana. As a show of this commitment, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources should prioritise women in artisanal and small-mining (ASM) in the allocation of concessions for the community mining initiative. It is regrettable that in spite their immense contribution to artisanal mining particularly, women have largely remained invisible in the ASM sector.

We further appeal to mining companies to provide equal opportunities to women and men regarding conditions of service and take steps to mitigate potential systems, policies and cultural barriers that women face in the sector. For instance, the practice where women miners earn less than their male counterparts should be reviewed immediately. It is discriminatory and against the fundamental human rights of the women. In addition to this important step, the companies must implement deliberate policies that encourage women to ascend the labour hierarchy and occupy top positions in the sector.

We also call on both government and the mining industry to provide more spaces for women to amplify their voices on the key challenges they face in the industry. A world where women enjoy same conditions of service as their male colleagues is possible. A world where women living in mining communities have their livelihoods protected is possible. A world where women in ASM can have access to mineral concessions is possible. We need to take immediate steps to end the bias and build a sustainable future with women. Ayekoo to all women!!!

Signed
Robert Ali Tanti
(Executive Director)

 



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“Where’s Chioma?” Reaction as Davido’s girlfriend moves into his house

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Fans have been asking questions about the whereabouts of Chioma Rowland, the known girlfriend and baby mama of Nigerian singer Davido.

This comes after Davido’s new girlfriend Ama Reginald has reportedly moved into the singer’s house.

According to reports, the social media influencer now lives with Davido in his house and performed duties as the bonafide replacement for Chioma.

Netizens also suspected that the crooner was the one who purchased the Range Rover SUV she flaunted a few weeks ago.

According to gistangelblog, Ama Reginald now spends more time with the artist, stays in his residence on a regular basis, and cruises in his private jet.

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On the back of that, any netizens have been asking about Chioma. Many believe Davido has made a strong statement about his relationship with the cheff by allowing Ama Reginald to move in with him.



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“Your dumsor demo was useless”

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Actor-turned-politician John Dumelo has fired colleague Yvonne Nelson’s activism during the tenure of former President Mahama and described it as useless.

According to him, whatever prompted the Yvonne Nelson-led “Dumsor” demo at the time was ill-thought through and did not represent the situation at the time.

Accosting Yvonne Nelson in the studios of Adom FM, John Dumelo pointed fingers accusingly at the actress. He added that she rushed in organizing people to demonstrate against the Mahama government.

In providing an explanation for why he felt the demo was useless, John Dumelo intimated that former President Mahama solved the dumsor menace before leaving office. Therefore, Yvonne Nelson and her colleagues embarked on a fruitless agenda.

“I don’t believe it was required.” Let me explain why. Because the president (then-president John Mahama) promised to fix the problem at the time. That’s what he stated, and he rectified it before leaving. It’s a proven fact.

“I’m sure people were fed up at that point in time when Yvonne spearheaded the march. As a result, they needed to take action. But (ex-President) Mahama has promised to rectify it.”

The Dumsor Demo in 2015 was a demonstration organized by celebrities and spearheaded by Yvonne Nelson to campaign against the erratic supply of power at the time.

The demonstration received nationwide attention with notable celebrities like Prince David Osei, Van Vicker et al taking part in it.

After several years, John Dumelo has described the demo as useless and urged Yvonne Nelson to stage a similar demonstration against the current NPP administration.



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Photos of Sandra Ankobiah’s 280 million dress trends

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Famed Ghanaian socialite and professional legal practitioner, Sandra Ankobiah; Has taken over social media trends after splashing over GHc28,000 cedis on a single dress.

The social media sensation who has turned a year older today has shared a couple of photos of herself on the internet rocking a dress designed by the famous Maria Lucia.

According to checks, the dress Sandra Ankobiah wore for her birthday photoshoot costs $3,750 which is equivalent to GHc 28,687.50.

Dropping over 280 million old Ghana cedis on a single dress is not a child’s play and only a handful of our female celebrities can challenge Sandra Ankobiah to this game but I doubt any of them would dare try such.



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