Women’s health

Mining activities have particular effects on women’s health, but these effects have hardly been documented in the literature. Sara Geenen, Gracia Kabilambali, Fiz Mussa Bashizi and Elisa Vanlerberghe have interviewed more than 150 women working in the mines of Kamituga, and document how women feel the impact of their work on their bodies. They analyze women’s lived experiences in terms of the most common infectious diseases, as well as physical and psycho-social trauma. They argue that ASGM has gendered effects on the workforce’s health, and that to better protect female workers, we need to take a holistic approach to their health problems and address structural constraints. The full working paper (in French) can be accessed here.