Gender and Labour Force Inequality in Small-Scale Gold Mining in Ghana


Dinye, D. 2012. “Gender and Labour Force Inequality in Small-Scale Gold Mining in Ghana.” International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology 4 (10): 285–95. doi:10.5897/IJSA11.063.

Author: D. Dinye


Gender inequality is an inevitable concomitant of the innate poverty in humanity, a situation to which the Ghanaian society is no exception. This paper explores the underlying elements of gender inequality pertinent to women in the small-scale gold mining sector in Ghana drawing inference from a case study of the Tarkwa-Nsuaem municipal assembly area in the western Region. The contribution of women to the small-scale gold mining sector and through that poverty reduction is immense, notwithstanding a number of factors that alongside militate against their well being. The drawbacks have to do with the unregulated, dangerous and insecure conditions of the small-scale gold mining operators that for the most part, tend be discriminative against women. These are in areas of the health, income and capacity building package benefits to their labour force. The policy implication is the need for government to institute gender-sensitive workplace regulatory policies and programmes to be adhered to in the small-scale mining sector in the country. It should be the responsibility of the municipal and all the relevant regulatory authorities to ensure that the designated policies as well as the attendant rules and regulations are enforced.

Keywords: small-scale mining, women, poverty, gold miners

Topics: Economies, Economic Inequality, Poverty, Extractive Industries, Gender, Women, Gendered Power Relations, Gender Equality/Inequality, Governance, Livelihoods Regions: Africa, West Africa Countries: Ghana

Year: 2012

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