The absence of policies and systems that cater specifically for the needs of female workers is responsible for the prevalence of Gender Based Violence and Harassment in the local mining industry.

This was said by the president of the Botswana Mine Workers Union (BMWU) Joseph Tsimako at the weekend’s event organised by Women’s Council of Botswana Mine Workers Union in partnership with International Lawyers Assisting Workers Network (ILAW).

Tsimako said that lack of policies and laws has created an environment that is not conducive to the advancement of female workers in the mining industry, especially those in the bargaining unit.