Celebrating African Women in Mining with AWIMA`s Jewellery Design Competition

The adverse economic shock caused by the COVID-19 pandemic threatens the enormous progress that Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) communities have undertaken to formalize the sector.

The Association of Women in Mining in Africa (AWIMA), a network promoting the leadership, inclusion, and sustainable empowerment of women in extractive industries, through its AWIMA Jewellery Project, aims to mitigate the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic upon women, particularly those in ASM communities, while simultaneously celebrating their resilience. 

Building on the increasing global demand for ethical products, the project launched the AWIMA Jewellery Design Competition to provide a one-of-a-kind platform for celebrating the resilience of African women in mining while using innovative ideas to partner with African women designers and jewelers.

To unearth the vast female design talent on the African continent and its diaspora, in January 2021, the competition invited African female designers to submit a brooch inspired by the theme; “A Symbol of solidarity that unifies and honors Women in mining in Africa”.

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This Article originally appeared on the WORLD BANK website. Click on the link to read the full article: https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2021/03/08/celebrating-african-women-in-mining-with-awimas-jewellery-design-competition

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Applicants were invited to submit a brooch design symbolizing solidarity and tribute to African women in the mining sector. The winning design, Lady AYA, embodies the beauty, labor, and strength of women, particularly artisanal miners, and their contribution to the global luxury jewelry industry.

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