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Women in mining

Women in mining … Action!

From Engineering, Metallurgy and Mining to Mineral Resource, Finance and Protection Services, women are represented in all departments at our Tarkwa and Damang mines. Our female employees contribute significantly towards the achievement of our targets and strategic objectives.

Gold Fields Ghana boasts some of the best female talents in the mining industry in Ghana. The company continues to promote gender equality in the workplace by providing all employees with equal opportunities and outcomes, including equal remuneration for work of equal or comparable value.

We make a conscious effort to improve female representation in the workforce by removing barriers and providing full and genuine access to all occupations for women, including leadership roles. Increasing the number of females is a key requirement of our Balance Scorecards, which sets yearly diversity targets.

Over the past several years, we have prioritised the recruitment of females. As such, the total female representation in our core workforce continues to improve steadily, reaching 12% in 2023 though we have a long way to go. Similarly, female representation in management has improved, reaching 19% in 2023.

In 2017, we appointed our first female metallurgical manager. Catherine Kuupol Kuutor, who has over 20 years of experience in mineral processing, heads the Metallurgical Department with oversight of both Tarkwa and Damang mines. Catherine is a role model for our other female employees.

Read about Abena Andoh-Mensah, who first joined our company as a graduate trainee and was later employed as a metallurgist at our Damang mine.

The Beginning of a Thrilling Career at Gold Fields
Women in Mining (WIM) at Gold Fields Ghana

Our vision

To be self-inspired women, who deliver professionally and ethically to their full capacity and capability.

To build a strong network for the development, empowerment and advancement of women, and to inspire Ghana’s girls.

WIM leadership

MARTHA APPIAH MENSAH Human Resources Manager - Services
FLORENCE ANSERE-BIOH Community Affairs Manager
BERNICE ARMAH Manager – Finance Shared Services
ABDEL-RAZAK YAKUBU Executive Secretary, Gold Fields Ghana Foundation
ESTHER PEPRAH NYAVEH Inventory Controller, Supply Chain – Damang Mine
What we do
  • Training and networking for employees
  • Advocacy and implementation of gender diversity and inclusion strategies
  • Donations to hospitals, prisons, orphanages, single parents, widows and less privileged – but academically achieving – girls in our host communities
  • Visits to senior high schools in host communities to inspire and empower female students
  • Wellbeing and health checks such as breast cancer and cervical screening
  • Recreational activities such as friendly football matches
Breast cancer awareness month – 2020