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Women in the Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Sector of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The paper highlights the role of women in Artisanal and Small-scale Mining labor force and illustrates how this is essential in the transitions from an informal and unregulated sector historically associated with war and corruption into a more efficient and formal labor economy. This chapter focuses on women who work and live in the diverse, complex, and often-neglected artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) communities of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). ASM encompasses both the manual extraction and processing of minerals and their subsequent trade. Much of ASM is informal, and it is often characterized by dangerous practices and harmful social and environmental impacts. Although many ASM communities have existed for years or even centuries, other communities have begun to engage in mining relatively recently, mostly as a result of poverty

Additional Info

Author(s)
Karen Hayes, Dr. Rachel Perks
Publication Year
2012
Associated Partners
Pact, University of Reading
Language
English
Publishing Institution Webpage
https://www.routledge.com/High-Value-Natural-Resources-and-Post-Conflict-Peacebuilding/Lujala-Rustad/p/book/9781849712309
Data Source Classification
Program Report
Research Type
Both
Research Methodology
Secondary - PREVIOUS RESEARCH, Secondary - OFFICIAL STATISTICS, Primary - ANECDOTAL
Thematic Tags
Political, Certification, Conflict, Due Diligence, Traceability, and Transparency, Formalization, Governance, Supply Chains, Social, Community, Employment, Gender, Health and Safety, Human Rights, Labor and Working Conditions, Livelihoods, Prostitution, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
Minerals
Diamond, Gold, Tantalum, Tin, Tungsten
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
Country
Democratic Republic of Congo
Last Updated
November 2, 2020