By Sophia Takuva
Women miners and community monitors from Runde Rural District council gathered at Pote hill Hotel in Zvishavane, Zimbabwe on 6 March 2019 for a workshop convened by Centre for Conflict Management and Transformation to deliberate on challenges faced by women in mining especially on safety issues. Women managed to speak out advocating for safety and peace at work as well as peace at home and in communities for development. Only where there is peace, women can benefit and develop in the mining business and the communities at large enjoy their natural resources. The issue of national security is also a barrier in the development of women in mining business, and law enforcement agents take advantage of women who are financially weak. At that workshop Sophia Takuva managed to conscientise women on the importance of speaking out and the power of their voices using the teaser “If a tree falls in a forest and no one saw or heard it fall, did the tree fall? that she learnt at Ubumbano Voice workshop and the conscientisation process came out a success.