- Report year:2020
- Report author: Bruno Ayaga Kansake, Georgette Barnes Sakyi-Addo and Nelson Kofi Dumakor-Supey
- Organisation: Kinross Gold Bald Mountain Mine, USA; Georgette Barnes Limited, Ghana and University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA
The global mining industry is male dominated. In the US, women constitute 13% of the mining workforce and 16% of mining related college programs. Similar trends exist globally. Efforts are being made by educational institutions, mining companies and professional organizations to attract women to the industry to achieve a gender inclusive industry. Such efforts have yielded minimal dividends partly due to insufficient reliable data on challenges confronting female miners. To provide empirical data to guide such efforts, we undertook a survey to understand the reasons for low female participation in the industry with participants from Ghana, USA, Ireland, Canada and other countries. The survey sought to identify challenges faced by female mining stakeholders and availability of support facilities for handling these challenges.