NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- The UN
will work with other partners to ensure that Kenya achieves gender parity in the
mining sector, officials said on Wednesday.
Country Director Zebib Kavuma told Xinhua in Nairobi that women are currently
underrepresented in the sector.
largely because they lack access to knowledge and finance required to operate in
the sector,” Kavuma said on the sidelines of the Kenya Mining Forum.
event brought over 200 participants from the mining sector to review investment
opportunities in Kenya’s mining sector.
that women in the sector are mainly concentrated in the small mining sector.
Early this year, Kenya enacted a new mining law to replace the existing one
which has been in place since 1940.
helped to develop the law that promotes inclusivity in the mining sector to
ensure that the sector benefits the community hosting mines.
step is to ensure that the law is implemented in such a way that it promotes
gender parity,” Kavuma said.
director said that the Kenya’s mining sector will expand more rapidly if women
are more involved in the sector.
different experiences, aspects and concerns to the mining sector that are often
overlooked,” she said. The country director said that there are some women who
have achieved success in the mining sector.
“We want to
highlight their experiences so that they can serve as role models to encourage
more women to enter into the sector,” she added.
One of the
ways the UN will help to empower women in the mining sector is through assisting
women to form associations where they can pool resources together.