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GOLD: Asanko launches new initiative for women in mining

The Asanko gold mine is expanding, hopefully with the talents of many women thanks to Botae Pa initiative. (Image: Asanko Gold)

VANCOUVER – Asanko Gold has launched a new program for the women in mining – the Botae Pa initiative – at the Asanko gold mine in Ghana. The mine is a 50:50 joint venture with Gold Fields, and Asanko is the operator.

Meaning “good purpose” in the Ghanaian Akan language, the Botae Pa initiative aims to empower and improve conditions for women at the mine and the nearby communities. The initiative is the brainchild of the Asanko Women in Mining chapter. Funding will come equally from the mine and from contractors at the site.

The Botae Pa initiative will be focused on achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls by promoting the mining sector to women as an exciting career choice. The programs will address the needs of women and girls in the local communities, namely education, health, access to finance and business, and supporting the professional development of Asanko’s women through mentoring and networking programs.

Asanko president and CEO Peter Breese commented, “Gender diversity isn’t just a buzzword of the moment, it makes good business sense to have a workforce that is made up of the best male and female talent out there. It’s important that we continue to develop and promote the women within our business, as well as the girls in our local communities, as they are the next generation of leaders and decision makers.”

The Botae Pa initiative is part of Asanko’s existing corporate social responsibility program and meets the globally recognized United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal No.5, Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”.

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