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ASM18: Placing the voices and visions of women artisanal and small-scale miners at the heart of policy discussions

Set against the backdrop of the Victoria Falls, the voices and visions of small-scale miners were placed centre-stage at the ACP–EU ASM18 conference in Livingstone, Zambia (11th–13th September)

Over 500 delegates from more than 70 countries, and crucially over 150 miners, spent three days discussing their visions for the future of artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) and quarrying – low-tech, labor intensive, mineral extraction and processing. Women miners were particularly well-represented.

Pauline Mundia, National Coordinator for the Association of Zambian Women in Mining (AZWIM), opened proceedings, addressing an excited audience of change makers that spanned three giant conference rooms and an overflow tent. Nothing on this scale has ever happened in the ASM space before. As chair of a panel entitled ‘Voices of ASM, Visions of the Future’ comprised of fellow miners from Ghana, Guyana, and Fiji as well as others from across the ACP-member states, she argued that if properly supported the sector "has the potential to become a cornerstone of rural development".

Find out more about what Pauline and her fellow AZWIM members had to say in this follow-up interview on behalf of Pact.

AZWIM members at ASM18

From left to right: 

1. Pauline Mundia, former President of Federation of Small Scale Miners Association of Zambia President, currently AZWIM Coordinator

2. Angelica M Rumsey AZWIM Executive Director

3. Josephine Zulu AZWIM Member

4. Charity Lubumbe from Ministry of Gender, Zambia

5. Mary Lubemba AZWIM President

6. Mailes Muke, AZWIM Representative North Western Province

7 Seated: David Nkole Lupelo AZWIM member

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