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Association of Women in Mining in Africa Jewelry Project

Excerpt from the 2020 State of the Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Sector

Focus Area: Ensure Gender Equality

Case Study: Association of Women in Mining in Africa Jewelry Project

African gemstones and metals contribute to a growing multibillion jewelry industry with global sales estimated at US$279 billion in 2018 and expected to rise over 70 percent to US$480.5 billion by 2025 (O’Connell 2020). The jewelry retail industry ranges from high-end luxury products, such as earrings, watches, and necklaces made of precious stones like diamond, ruby, and gold to fashion jewelry made of non-precious metals, stones, and other materials. Industrialization of Africa’s mineral wealth to capture a share of the burgeoning jewelry market can therefore be a driving force in catalyzing a range of regional development frameworks. These include the Africa Mining Vision (AU 2009), Agenda 2063 (AUC 2015), the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA 2018) and SDG8 to “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.” However, these continent-wide goals cannot be fully realized unless there are responsible jewelry supply chains that provide economic opportunities and decent work for women. The Association of Women in Mining in Africa (AWIMA) Jewelry Project is working to create regional jewelry value chains that economically empower women and give them a fairer share of the multi-billion-dollar global jewelry industry.

Additional Info

M Gondwe, H H Tsiverisoa, S Kundi
Publication Year
Associated Partners
Association of Women in Mining in Africa, Tanzania Women in Mining Association
Publishing Institution Webpage
Data Source Classification
Global Report
Research Type
Research Methodology
Thematic Tags
Political, Formalization, Governance, Economic, Market Linkages, Social, Community, Employment, Gender, Human Rights, Labor and Working Conditions, Livelihoods, 2020 State of Sector
Diamond, Gemstones, Gold
Sub-Saharan Africa
Last Updated
July 1, 2021