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official canada goose outlet Genevieve Tettey talks with colleagues at the gates to AngloGold Ashanti’s flagship Ghanaian gold mine in canada goose uk outlet Obuasi, Ghana, April 16, canada goose uk shop 2007. When Tettey began working deep underground in the heat, dust and noise of one of Africa’s oldest goldmines, the other miners laughed in disbelief. Five years since Tettey first turned up at the mine, she is having the last laugh. REUTERS/Orla Ryan official canada goose outlet

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Genevieve Tettey stands at the gates to AngloGold Ashanti’s flagship Ghanaian gold mine in Obuasi, Ghana, April Canada Goose Outlet 16, 2007. When Tettey began working deep underground in the heat, dust and noise of one of Africa’s oldest goldmines, the other miners laughed in canada goose coats on sale disbelief. Five years since Tettey first cheap canada goose jackets turned up at https://www.canadagoosepark.com AngloGold Ashanti’s flagship Ghanaian canada goose uk black friday mine, she is having the last laugh. REUTERS/Orla Ryan

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They often operate illegally and in dangerous conditions, eking canada goose factory sale out a living on unsupervised digs, but it is not clear how many of Ghana estimated 300,000 to 500,000 galamsey are women.

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canada goose outlet toronto factory BRAINS AS WELL AS BRAWN are becoming adventurous these days, said Mines and Technology University administrator Kwame Ocran, adding that the faculty wants to encourage female applicants. canada goose outlet toronto factory

always regarded it as a man job. Until quite recently, mining was basically underground, which was very physical. Surface mining is more mechanical than labour intensive. That has given them the opportunity to try properly.

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has now become a lot of brainwork. It is not just about going there and being macho. You have to plan what you do and be smart, she said.

Women who show interest in a career in mining must face criticism, setbacks and jokes. They are also likely to meet scepticism from friends and family.

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