AWIMA OVERVIEW

ABOUT US

Participation, Representation, and Leadership

Africa is rich in mineral resources, yet despite substantial investments, the continent continues to face economic challenges. Women, in particular, are the least involved in the extractive industry, receiving minimal economic benefits while bearing the brunt of its adverse effects, including environmental degradation, violence, displacement, and health and safety risks.

The African Mining Vision, adopted by Heads of State in 2009, aims for the “transparent, equitable, and optimal exploitation of mineral resources to underpin broad-based sustainable growth and socio-economic development.” For this vision to become a reality, the involvement of all stakeholders, especially women, is crucial.

To address these challenges, the Association of Women in Mining in Africa (AWIMA) was founded on August 19, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya, during the African Women Business Linkages Forum organized by the African Union Commission, with Melody Kweba serving as the Founding President. AWIMA unites 36 National Mining Organisations and Associations across five regions in Africa, focusing on training, capacity building, sustainable mining practices, and advocacy to empower women in the extractives sector and enhance their economic participation.

AWIMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our Vision

A strong, responsible and more inclusive African mining industry for women

Our Mission

Promote leadership, inclusive and sustainable empowerment of women in the mining sector in Africa.

Through our dedicated efforts, AWIMA strives to create a more inclusive and equitable mining sector where women can lead, innovate, and thrive.

Shaping The Future of Extractives in Africa

Capacity Building, Collaboration, & Advocacy for Progress

AWIMA aims to enhance women’s roles in the extractive industries by collaborating with governments, national associations, and other stakeholders to advocate for women’s interests and develop capacity-building programs.

Our focus includes promoting the formalisation and strengthening of Women in Mining Associations, conducting comprehensive needs assessments to address challenges, ensuring women have access to financing and credit, and establishing a comprehensive resource center.

AWIMA also advocates for responsible mining practices, aiming to eliminate child labor, violence against women, and environmental degradation.

Watch the video below for a detailed overview of AWIMA’s Strategic Objectives.

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Geologist & Artisanal Mining

AWIMA President

Balbine Pascaline Magani Omgba

Balbine Pascaline Omgba is a geologist with a focus on mining issues and QHSE expertise. She is a champion for women in mining and sustainable practices, evident through her leadership roles in AFEMIC, AWIMA, and her work on eliminating mercury use in ASM. In 2016, she founded the Association of Women in Mining in Cameroon (AFEMIC). In 2019, she was elected vice-president of the Association of Women in Africa (AWIMA), and has served as its president since April 2022.

Since 2021, she has been the National Coordinator for the Project for the Development of the National Action Plan on the Elimination of Mercury in Artisanal Small-Scale Gold Mining in Cameroon. She is also a co-author of several reports, including ASM handbooks for Cameroon and Central Africa, and a report on mining regimes in Africa in relation to ESG objectives.

AWIMA Vice President

Zenzi Natasha Awases

Zenzi Natasha Awases is the founder and Managing Principal Consultant of EmpowerMine Consulting Services. With nearly two decades in the mining and energy sectors, she is a staunch advocate for gender equality and meaningful change. Zenzi is a renowned public speaker known for her leadership insights and dynamic energy.

A geologist by profession, she founded the Women in Mining Association of Namibia and has been recognized as the third most inspirational woman in mining by Mining Global Magazine in 2020.  Zenzi is also a recipient of the Most Excellent Order of the Eagle Award, First Class, from Namibian President  Hage Geingob, for her outstanding contribution to the country’s development and transformation.

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Geologist & Entrepreneur

AWIMA Vice President

Zenzi Natasha Awases

Zenzi Natasha Awases is the founder and Managing Principal Consultant of EmpowerMine Consulting Services. With nearly two decades in the mining and energy sectors, she is a staunch advocate for gender equality and meaningful change. Zenzi is a renowned public speaker known for her leadership insights and dynamic energy.

A geologist by profession, she founded the Women in Mining Association of Namibia and has been recognized as the third most inspirational woman in mining by Mining Global Magazine in 2020.  Zenzi is also a recipient of the Most Excellent Order of the Eagle Award, First Class, from Namibian President  Hage Geingob, for her outstanding contribution to the country’s development and transformation.

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Criminologist & CSR Expert

Central Africa Representative

Dorothée Mwewa Masele

Dorothée Masele Mwewa holds a degree in English and is currently a doctoral candidate in Criminology at the University of Lubumbashi. As a criminologist, trainer, and speaker, she plays a significant role in various organizations. She is a member of the CSR experts pool of the Chamber of Mines and serves on the Steering Committee of IDAK, the multi-stakeholder dialogue platform in the mining sector.

Dorothée is also the President of the Christian Foundation for Territorial Development, an organization dedicated to sponsoring orphaned children and supporting women and youth in entrepreneurship. Additionally, she is the National Coordinator of the Women In Mining platform, WIM DR Congo, where she advocates for gender equality in the mining industry.

West Africa Representative

Dr Rosine Atafeinam Abalo

Rosine Atafeinam Abalo holds a Ph.D. in geology and geotechnics from institutions in Togo, Morocco, and France. With experience at a private geotechnical lab and the Directorate of Mining and Geology, she is currently an Investment Officer at Togo Invest. Dr. ABALO played a key role in drafting Togo’s mining code and conducting a comparative study on existing codes.

She also contributed to the review of UEMOA’s mining code and participated in drafting the ECOWAS charter on gender mainstreaming in geo-extractives. Beyond her professional roles, she actively works towards prosperity, freedom, and peace in Africa. As the first Head of the Gender and Advocacy Committee at WIMOWA, she co-founded AFEMET, an association for women in mining or business in Togo.

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Investment Officer & Coach

West Africa Representative

Dr Rosine Atafeinam Abalo

Rosine Atafeinam Abalo holds a Ph.D. in geology and geotechnics from institutions in Togo, Morocco, and France. With experience at a private geotechnical lab and the Directorate of Mining and Geology, she is currently an Investment Officer at Togo Invest. Dr. ABALO played a key role in drafting Togo’s mining code and conducting a comparative study on existing codes.

She also contributed to the review of UEMOA’s mining code and participated in drafting the ECOWAS charter on gender mainstreaming in geo-extractives. Beyond her professional roles, she actively works towards prosperity, freedom, and peace in Africa. As the first Head of the Gender and Advocacy Committee at WIMOWA, she co-founded AFEMET, an association for women in mining or business in Togo.

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Sustainability & ESG Specialist

East Africa Representative

Judith Karangi

With over 17 years of experience in the public and private sectors in Tanzania, Judith has driven sustainable mining and community development initiatives. She has a proven track record in strategic leadership and innovative thinking, fostering collaboration between non-profits and the private sector.

Currently, she is leading projects on environmental and social impact assessments and stakeholder engagement. Judith is the Founder of Nate Vision, focusing on capacity building and corporate social responsibility. Her efforts have significantly contributed to the adoption of sustainable practices in the mining sector.

Southern Africa Representative

Nametso Ntsosa-Carr

Nametso Ntsosa-Carr is the current Chairperson of SADC Women in Mining and President of the Women in Business Association (WIBA) in Botswana. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social and Health Care and is a versatile entrepreneur with investments in various sectors, including mining iron ore and limestone. She is involved in selling washed coal from Botswana mines and supplying Botswana beef to SADC countries.

Ntsosa-Carr serves on boards like Business Botswana and the Botswana National Olympic Committee. As the founder of Women In Mining Botswana Organisation (WIMBO), she encourages women to diversify into all types of businesses and participate in policy decision-making. Her challenge to women is to develop resilience, set ambitious business targets, and actively contribute to male-dominated sectors of the economy.

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Entrepreneur & Investor

Southern Africa Representative

Nametso Ntsosa-Carr

Nametso Ntsosa-Carr is the current Chairperson of SADC Women in Mining and President of the Women in Business Association (WIBA) in Botswana. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social and Health Care and is a versatile entrepreneur with investments in various sectors, including mining iron ore and limestone. She is involved in selling washed coal from Botswana mines and supplying Botswana beef to SADC countries.

Ntsosa-Carr serves on boards like Business Botswana and the Botswana National Olympic Committee. As the founder of Women In Mining Botswana Organisation (WIMBO), she encourages women to diversify into all types of businesses and participate in policy decision-making. Her challenge to women is to develop resilience, set ambitious business targets, and actively contribute to male-dominated sectors of the economy.

Framework for Accountability

Effective Leadership & Representation

AWIMA is governed by a structured and inclusive framework that ensures effective leadership and representation across the continent. Key aspects of our governance include:

  • Board of Directors: Composed of elected representatives from each sub-region (Southern, Central, Western, Eastern, and Northern Africa) including positions of President and Vice-President.
  • General Assembly: The highest decision-making body, consisting of representatives from national Women in Mining Associations.
  • Regional Representatives: Elected by national associations to ensure regional interests and priorities are addressed.

This governance structure allows AWIMA to coordinate its activities effectively, advocate for women’s interests at national, regional, and continental levels, and ensure transparency and accountability within the organisation.

Ensuring Organisational Sustainability

AWIMA's Strategy for Long-Term Stability

At AWIMA, sustainability ensures we can continue to support and empower women in the extractive industries effectively. Our sustainability strategy focuses on key pillars:

  • Diversified Funding Sources: Securing a stable flow of funds through diverse sources, including grants, donations, and partnerships with international organisations, governments, and private sector stakeholders. This reduces financial dependency and ensures long-term stability.
  • Capacity Building and Training: Investing in building the skills and capabilities of our members and staff through comprehensive training programs and capacity-building initiatives.
  • Strategic Governance: AWIMA’s governance framework includes a Board of Directors with regional representatives, ensuring effective leadership, transparency, and accountability, fostering trust among stakeholders and donors​​.
  • Innovative Programs and Advocacy: Promoting responsible mining practices, eliminate harmful practices, and advocate for policy changes that support sustainable development​​.
  • Member Engagement and Impact Measurement: Engaging members in decision-making and continuously monitor and evaluate our initiatives to demonstrate their effectiveness and impact​​.

By focusing on these areas, AWIMA ensures resilience and the capacity to drive lasting change in the extractive industries, making a positive impact on the lives of women across Africa.

Frequently Asked Questions

Helpful Information

Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions section. Here, we provide answers to common queries about AWIMA, our initiatives, and how you can get involved in supporting and empowering women in the extractive industries across Africa.

AWIMA supports women through advocacy, capacity-building programs, and collaboration with national and sub-regional associations. We promote the inclusion of women at all levels, develop training programs, and facilitate access to finance and technical expertise.

Membership in AWIMA is open to women involved in the extractive industries across Africa. To become a member, you must be a member of a National Women in Mining Organisation or Association. If your country has a national organisation or association, we will connect you with them. Alternatively, we can support you in setting up a national organisation or association.To join, please visit our “Get Involved” page or the “Members” page and fill out the form.

AWIMA supports a variety of projects aimed at advancing women’s roles in the extractive industries. These include capacity-building programs, advocacy initiatives, research on challenges affecting women in mining, and projects promoting responsible mining practices. For further information, visit the “Projects” page on this website.

You can support AWIMA by becoming a member, partnering with us, or volunteering your time and expertise. Financial contributions and sponsorships are also crucial in helping us achieve our goals. Visit our “Get Involved” page for more information on how you can help.

For more information or to get involved with AWIMA, you can reach out to us via email at info@awimaafrica.com. We are always looking for passionate individuals and organisations to join us in our mission to empower women in the extractive industries.

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