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Perspectives on female participation in artisanal and small-scale mining: A case study of Birim North District of Ghana

Yakovleva, N (2007) Perspectives on female participation in artisanal and small-scale mining: A case study of Birim North District of Ghana Resources Policy, 32 (1-2). pp. 29-41.

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Abstract

This article critically examines the issue of growing female participation in the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector, particularly within its illegal segment, drawing upon experiences from Birim North District in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Although an estimated 50% of those employed in ASM are women, few researchers have investigated what roles women play in the sector, or how their participation contributes to rural development. The paper aims to examine the causes of female participation in the ASM sector and the impact of this type of employment on women's income, health and families. An analysis of collected data suggests that there is a growing need for policies to address female employment in ASM and, more generally, rural employment. The analysis demonstrates the utility of gender mainstreaming in the small-scale mining formalisation process, as well as the need to promote other viable employment opportunities for the benefit of women residing in rural areas. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Yakovleva, Nn.yakovleva@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 March 2007
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.resourpol.2007.03.002
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:30
Last Modified : 16 May 2017 15:30
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/820169

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