Following International Women’s Day on 8 March 2021, let’s take a moment to celebrate the strides towards gender equality that are being made every day of the year at major mining companies across Zambia. Around the country, women have confidently stepped into traditionally male-dominanted roles as engineers, department heads, managers, laboratory technicians, truck drivers, control-room operatives and blast-supervisors — often through the support of mine-funded training institutes.

Hear from some of the women at the forefront of this important shift in this inspiring video, filmed in North-Western Province.

You can also learn about the indispensable work that mining operations such as First Quantum Minerals’ Kansanshi Mine are doing to promote gender equality and empower women and girls here.

See also: Women in mining