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12.05.2009 Social News

Women suffer most from mining, says WACAM

By GNA
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Tarkwa, May 12, GNA - The Executive Director of The Wassa Association of Communities Affected by Mining (WACAM), Mr Daniel Owusu-Koranteng, has said women suffered most from the negative effects of mining.

He said when rivers are polluted because of mining activities it is women who have to walk long distances in search of water.

Mr Owusu-Koranteng said this at the opening of a three-day workshop in leadership, conflict management, community, environment and livelihood for 40 women drawn from mining communities including Tarkwa, Obuasi, Kenyase and Akyem.

Organised by WACAM the workshop was sponsored by Oxfam America, to develop the capacities of women activists to enable them play active roles and lead in community struggle and decision making in their organisations.

Mr. Owusu Koranteng said mining related health cases affect women.

The Director for Training and Research, Mrs Hannah-Owusu Koranteng, said women had many roles to play in national development and when the natural resources are depleted they suffer most because they depend mostly on these resources for their income.

She said if the environment is protected, it would provide a lot of work for the women.

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