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Geodrill empowers Ofoase Kokoben SHS girls to pursue male-dominated fields

March 14, 2023

Female workers in the mining and drilling services sector, Geodrill Limited, have encouraged students at Ofoase Kokoben Senior High School () in the of Ghana to consider courses in male-dominated fields, such as mining, to contribute to the country's development.

In celebration of International Women's Day (IWD), female Geodrill workers visited the school, interacted with students, and shared their experiences in the field to encourage the students to consider technically-related courses.

Antoinette Ankutse, Geodrill's representative, explained that “we went to advise and empower the girls regarding courses to be pursued at the .

We are into mining, and we wanted to use ourselves as a case study for the girls to realize that it is possible.” She expressed optimism that this engagement would encourage the girls and others across the country to take a cue from the female workers of Geodrill.

She also urged that “females should not be pushed into secretarial and clerical work but rather directed towards the technical fields.”

During the visit, the female workers of Geodrill shared their experiences and interacted with the students. The students expressed gratitude to the Geodrill staff for their time and advice.

As part of its International Women's Day celebration, Geodrill also held a staff consultation to discuss greater community engagement to encourage women in mining.

Notably, some female staff members of the company, including Bernice Gbadam, Doris Danso, and Becky Elithia, who was the first woman to work in Geodrill, obtain a Geodrill driving permit and pursue an accounting program, respectively.

International Women's Day is celebrated globally on March 8 each year to recognize women's social, economic, cultural, and political achievements.

Geodrill has been at the forefront of driving strong economic, social, and governance principles in the mining industry.

The company has set a clear target to increase the percentage of women employed, which is measured in its annual ESG Impact report.

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