The Women in Mining Nigeria (WIMIN), has warned against the incessant abuse of rights of women and children in the mining sector in the country.
The president of WIMIN, Engr. Janet Adeyemi, who spoke at their national summit in Abuja, said they would stop at nothing to achieve the eradication of such abuses in the mining sector.
She noted that the sector is significantly male-dominated, therefore posing serious challenges for women that wish to engage in the industry.
“We will ensure that the mining space in Nigeria is open and safe for all women, both professionals and artisans who have found their passion in mining,” she said.
Engr Adeyemi also lamented that limited resources hinder their ability to effectively investigate cases of child labour and abuse in mining sites across the state.
“At the state level, Women In Mining has engaged various stakeholders through advocacy and policy dialogues. Nevertheless, we intend to escalate the issues of women’s and children’s rights violations in Kogi State to the national level,” she said.