Between 1975 and 2002, Angola experienced one of Africa’s longest and most devastating civil wars. Tens of thousands of landmines were laid and today there are still 500,000 unexploded devices in various regions of the country. In the area around the village of Kanenguerere, in Benguela province (in the west of the country), the mines laid in the 1980s still pose a threat to local inhabitants and the semi-nomadic Mucubel people. In 2018, we helped create and train a team of female deminers engaged in clearing land within the province.
In November 2020 we renewed our support to the project for the third year in a row. With this donation the HALO Trust will be able to clear further 40,000m2 of land from mines in the Benguela province, in the town of Balombo, while also implementing Covid-19 awareness initiatives. This year the project will include specific Covid-19 awareness training and best practices including use of appropriate protection equipment.
The UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an action programme with 17 goals aimed at the social and economicdevelopment of communities and regions. Through the “100 women in demining” project we are contributing to the fulfilment of goals that aim to ensure health and wellbeing (Goal 3), achieve gender equality (Goal 5), incentivise an inclusive and sustainable economic growth that will last over time (Goal 8), protect, restore and promote a sustainable use of the Earth’s ecosystem (Goal 15), strengthen the means of implementation and renewal of the global partnership for sustainable development (Goal 17).
The “100 Women in demining” initiative has enabled us to help increase the security of the local community by giving the female population job and training opportunities and the chance to learn new skills.
Safety in the workplace is an imperative value we want to share with our employees, contractors and local stakeholders. We are committed to eliminate accidents and protect the integrity of our assets. We consolidate a culture of safety through management and organization models, digital tools and communication initiatives. Our goal is strengthening the awareness of our people and their sense of responsibility toward themselves and others, by expanding HSE tools and digitalization to make corporate processes safer, more efficient and faster.
The "100 Women in demining” project offers women a practical employment opportunity.
This is not only men’s work. We can do the same sort of work as they do. Demining is positive for our country and its people. It means that people can work their land and care for their livestock in safety.”
Through this initiative, we have been able to contribute to the emancipation of Angolan women, training 29 women (7 de-miners, 2 paramedics, 1 driver and 1 administrator) and giving them opportunities to work in the de-mining sector. We have also prevented many tragedies caused by exploding mines and restored land to the community.
Our results to date
Some highlights of the project:
direct and indirect
land to be cleared in the next three years (2020-2023)
The HALO Trust, our partner in this project, is the largest humanitarian organisation dedicated to demining.
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