June 12th marks the day the country declared itself free and independent, able to govern towards a future best fit for its people. But genuine freedom and independence is yet to be felt by millions of families across the country who remain with limited access to decent work that pays enough for a person to lead a life of dignity.
Dubbed ‘Compassionate Gold’, this refers to jewelry and accessories made of gold obtained from the Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) sector through responsible methods that are not harmful to health and the environment; sourced from legal mines; certified mercury-free, child-labor free and ensuring decent working conditions.
The ASGM sector has long been a neglected sector which is plagued by poor working conditions and child labor. Workers usually do not have fair labor contracts, healthcare or social security, or even protective equipment for mining.