Women Struggles and Large-Scale Diamond Mining in Marange, Zimbabwe


Muchadenyika, Davison. 2015. “Women Struggles and Large-Scale Diamond Mining in Marange, Zimbabwe.” The Extractive Industries and Society 2 (4): 714–21. doi:10.1016/j.exis.2015.08.003.

Author: Davison Muchadenyika


The arrival of large-scale diamond mining activities brought hope and enthusiasm to many women within and around Marange, Mutare District, Zimbabwe. Ordinary Zimbabweans believed that diamond mining would transform the lives of the region’s inhabitants. However, such anticipated transformation turned into rage and despair, and presented numerous challenges to residents, particularly women. This article examines the impacts mining activities have had on women in Eastern Zimbabwe, and explores their struggles.

Keywords: mining, women, impacts, diamonds, Zimbabwe

Topics: Development, Extractive Industries, Gender, Women Regions: Africa, Southern Africa Countries: Zimbabwe

Year: 2015

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