Women seek a share of Marange diamonds

Women are seeking ways to benefit from the controversial empowerment programmes that have seen government threatening to grab foreign owned companies including mines and banks.

The indigenisation law forces foreign owned companies to cede 51 percent of shares to locals.

Women attending a women’s perspective to the Global Political Agreement (GPA) workshop, said they needed a stake in the controversial Marange diamond fields to economically empower themselves.

Most of the international community have condemned diamonds from the area because of human rights abuses.

Regina Sithole from the Women’s Rights Forum said mining had proved a difficult sector for women to penetrate due to male domination and corruption.

“Males are dominating the mining sector and women are being denied opportunities to own mining claims,” said Sithole at the workshop.

“There is too much corruption by the responsible authorities and mining opportunities in this country are only enjoyed by Zanu (PF) big wigs who are all males,” she alleged.

Tafadzwa Muropa, the Peace Building Officer with the Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCOZ), told The Zimbabwean her organisation was seeking to demystify indigenisation to women so that they can also enjoy the benefits of empowerment programmes.

Godwills Masimirembwa the Chairman for Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) encouraged women to form partnerships with other players.

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