Beyond the barriers: witnessing shifting gender dynamics in multinational mine jobs in Ghana

Rufai Haruna Kilu
2017 Gender, Technology and Development  
Gender and technology are central to socioeconomic development and corporate innovation. However, the multinational Ghanaian mining is dominated by men and masculinity cultures. The current paper therefore understudy the Ghanaian mines, expose their homogeneous scope, and examine the sociocultural barriers constraining effective mine work participation of women. The paper also explores the transformations that have occurred, occasioning a shift in gender dynamics, leading to an increasing
more » ... an increasing number of women participation in the mines. Deploying a multiple case study, qualitative research design, and meta-narratives of the respondents. The results point to the common prejudices, perceptions and implicit stereotyped notions of gender roles in the mines as noted sociocultural factors constraining effective participation of women in mine work. However beyond barriers, the paper intuits a phenomenon of a "women revolution" in the mines, witnessing collective efforts from mining companies and allied institutions adopting gender strategic measures, such as the "ore solidarity" gender mainstreaming in admission programs as well as "gender-driven mining" initiatives aimed at re-engineering a shift in gender dynamics in the mine jobs of Ghana. These change regimes among the mines implies inclusivity, defeminization of poverty, towards achieving organizational modernization, competitiveness and an assurance for gender driven social innovative mining.
doi:10.1080/09718524.2018.1434992 fatcat:2fcvu2ta4rbk3bo2aelp72f42e