Barrick Gold Tanzania has pledged to promote hard-working women and give them a better working environment and other incentives at its gold mines in the country.
Addressing women workers at North Mara Goldmine, during the commemoration of International Women’s Day on Wednesday, Barrick Gold Tanzania Country Manager, Dr Melkiory Ngido said the company has a clear and guiding programme on promotion of women at its mines in the country, through employment opportunities, leadership, favourable environment and improvement of their welfare, underlying however, a need for self confidence.
“You should not feel like you are a second class citizens. Show the world that you are a capable people,’’ said Dr Ngido.
On his part, North Mara Gold Mine General Manager (GM) Mr Apolinary Lyambiko said employment opportunities for women at North Mara have increased lately, compared to the the past, noting that their performance if also of high standards.
“We’ll continue giving women more opportunities, not only in mining activities but also in motivation,’’ said Lyambiko, stressing that women should sustain their tempo of hardworking and nurture a culture of self confidence.
Meanwhile, the General Manager Lyambiko has pledged that the company will continue improving the welfare of women, including their status during the maternity period.
In another development,the North Mara Gold Mine GM has warned that the company has no tolerance of any form of gender based violence.
He said anyone who would be proven guilty of the offence would be dealt with immediately.
Earlier, women working at one of the country’s largest goldmine marched to mark this’ year’s International Women’s Day, displaying placards that carried various messages, including a demand for a better working environment , incentives and recognition of those who have a longer service at the company.