Zimbabwe's Zimbaqua mine, where all the workers are women


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By Sharon Mazingaizo

The Zimbaqua mine in Karoi, Zimbabwe, is unusual. While it operates like you would expect any mine to, it is those doing the mining that stand out: they are all women.

The 50ha mine, 200km northwest of Harare, was established in 2019. It's all-female workforce of 30 is responsible removing aquamarine gemstones from the ground.

Top Image: Times Live © Courtesy: One of the miners at Zimbaqua in Zimbabwe. The mine is Africa's first all-women operation. Image: Mercy Nhauranwa

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