UN body, UNECA, calls for more participation of women in mining supply chain


United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA ), Southern Africa region office economic officer, Talumba Chilipaine, has called for gender exclusivity in formulation of local content polices.

Chilipaine said this during a panel discussion at the 2023 Zambia Association of Manufacturers Mining Content Conference in Kitwe on Thursday, noting that there was need to address low participation of women in the mining supply value chain.

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“UNECA will continue pushing for gender inclusive local content interventions to increase the involvement of the women folk in the mining industry,”she said.

Chilipaine said UNECA was facilitating engagement meetings between countries to see how countries could come together to come up with gender inclusive local content interventions.

She said fora such as the ZAM Mining Local Content Conference where stakeholders come together to suggest possible solutions to low participation of locals in the mining  value chain was critical in raising awareness.

Chilipaine said commodity countries such Zambia should position themselves to gain more from their minerals.

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