THE Young Women in Mining (YWM) has appealed to the government to make it mandatory for all mining companies to make provision of the total 5 to 10 percent procurement of mining services from women suppliers.
YWM representative Angela Sikaonga pointed out that women-run mining suppliers companies have for a long time faced challenges to compete with menfolk to access value contracts and orders from established mining companies.
Ms Sikaonga said young women in the sector have since come up with this initiative to encourage women in mining to form cooperatives in order to strengthen their voice.
She said women in mining have confidence that government will continue running an inclusive policy in delivering sustainable development.
Ms Sikaonga was speaking virtually during the launch of the Young Women in Mining (YWM) held in Kitwe and officiated by Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development Permanent Secretary Barnaby Mulenga.
And Mr Mulenga called on women in the country to seize the opportunities by exploring and investing in the extractive industry and the value chain.
He disclosed that the country has embarked on mining gold deposits in North-Western, Eastern and Central Provinces and the venture has created a lot of opportunities for Zambians to participate in.
Mr Mulenga encouraged women to form cooperatives and take advantage of the incentives being provided by the government to enable their businesses to thrive in the sector.
“It’s just unfortunate that we have few women participating in the sub-sector despite numerous opportunities. The launch of the YWM is timely as it will be a vehicle to peddle the message of opportunities in the subsector and what government is offering,” he said.
YWM has been launched under the theme “unlocking equal opportunities for women in the mining industries”.