Establish internal mentorship programme
- 20 women to work with senior managers
- In progress
AngloGold Ashanti currently has two wholly owned and managed operations in Ghana: Iduapriem and Obuasi.
Iduapriem, which comprises the Iduapriem and Teberebie properties, is located in the Western Region of Ghana and is an open-pit mine. Obuasi, an underground mine in the Ashanti region of Ghana, was placed on care and maintenance in 2016. A redevelopment project began in 2019, however, and Obuasi’s first gold was poured in December 2019.
3 women in management
A Diversity and Inclusion Committees has been established at Obuasi, and the operation has embarked on a journey to raise awareness, encourage, educate and empower women and people with disabilities to compete equally and fairly during its recruitment phase.
Obuasi has also launched a Graduate Trainee and National Service Programme, which aims to give equal opportunities to male and female graduate trainees and National Service personnel. Over half of the programme’s most recent intake were women, and they have since passed their assessments and been recruited into technical teams.
Obuasi has adapted its recruitment policy to permit pregnant women in their second and third trimester to apply for employment. Appropriate uniforms and personal protective equipment for pregnant staff are provided to ensure their safety and comfort at work.
This includes the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the University of Mines and Technology
The obstacles that Iduapriem and Obuasi face, particularly with regards to the recruitment, retention and development of women, are often a result of deeply entrenched cultural biases and, at times, serious discriminatory practices.
There is scope for work to be done among the operations’ male team members to combat gender stereotypes, and to ensure that they understand how to treat women in a professional environment. The development of women and their inclusion in senior levels of the organisation also needs to be prioritised so that women have allies to whom they can turn, and role models on whom they can depend. Programmes that specifically target the advancement of women are critical.
For details on diversity and inclusion initiatives planned and underway in Ghana, kindly contact: