The Golden Line is an initiative of Simavi, Solidaridad and Healthy Entrepreneurs to economically empower women in and around artisanal and small-scale gold mining communities in Ghana and Tanzania.

Ghana

Ghana is the second largest producer of gold in Africa. In Ghana, approximately half of the 250,000 people directly involved in artisanal and small-scale gold mines (ASGM), are women. The Golden Line is a 5-year programme working towards economic empowerment of these women living in and around ASGM in the Western Region of Ghana.

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Tanzania

Tanzania is the fourth largest producer of gold in Africa. In Tanzania, approximately 25 percent of all people directly involved in artisanal and small-scale gold mines (ASGM), are women. The Golden Line is a 5-year programme working towards economic empowerment of women living in and around ASGM in Geita district, Tanzania.

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The Golden Line aims to contribute to the economic empowerment of women living in and around artisanal and small-scale gold mining communities in Ghana and Tanzania. The programme works towards improving the working conditions for women in these communities with a focus on the following three topics:

1. improved women’s positions
2. fair mining practices
3. gender-sensitive policies.

To improve the abilities for women to engage in economic activities, the programme will work on improved sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) and women-friendly health services, women’s improved access to and control over resources and recognition of the importance of gender equality within mining communities. The programme will also train women in safe mining and work with mine owners to make mines a better and safer place to work for women.

 

Creates opportunities for women to raise their voices, and increase their access to and control over resources.

Enables small-scale miners to apply best practices in the mines, in order to improve conditions and opportunities for women, as well as having benefits for all miners and the environment.

Provides tangible income generating opportunities by helping women to set up their own small-scale health business.