Minister of Solid Minerals Development Advocates for Women’s Empowerment in Mining Sector on International Women’s Day

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Dele Alake, the Honourable Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Nigeria, delivered a compelling address at a forum organized by the Women Miners Association to commemorate International Women’s Day. Speaking under the theme, ‘Invest in Women: Accelerating Progress,’ Minister Alake underscored the timeliness and relevance of prioritizing women’s empowerment in the mining sector.

Reflecting on the arduous journey towards gender equality, Minister Alake paid homage to the pioneers who tirelessly campaigned for equal access to education, healthcare, employment, and family life, irrespective of gender. While acknowledging the progress achieved through initiatives like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Social Development Goals, Minister Alake emphasized the pressing need for further advancements, particularly within the mining industry.

Highlighting the pivotal role of the African Minerals Strategy Group, Minister Alake reaffirmed the continent’s united commitment to promoting gender equality in mining. Beyond mere advocacy, the group has embarked on tangible initiatives aimed at empowering women to assume leadership roles and drive innovation within the sector. These initiatives range from technical training programs to financial support for female entrepreneurs and the promotion of women’s representation in regulatory agencies.

Minister Alake stressed that International Women’s Day serves as a poignant reminder of society’s collective responsibility to harness the potential of every individual, regardless of gender, for societal progress.

In his dual capacity as the Honourable Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Nigeria, and Chairman of the African Minerals Strategy Group, Minister Alake pledged unwavering support for policies and initiatives aimed at empowering women, fostering value addition, and reshaping Africa’s development narrative.

The Minister concluded his address with a resounding call to action, urging stakeholders to join forces in creating a future where gender ceases to be a barrier to accessing opportunities in the mining sector. By investing in women, Minister Alake asserted, Africa can accelerate its journey towards a more inclusive, equitable, and prosperous continent.


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