Not fewer than 50 female miners working in various mining sites in Nasarawa State have suffered sexual harassment by their male counterparts within the last six months.

This was disclosed by the Women In Mining In Nigeria (WIMIN) at the opening of a 3-day training for service providers on Sexual Gender-Based Violence, in Lafia, the state’s capital on Monday.

The body in collaboration with Ford Foundation also decried the rising cases of sexual harassment, sexual molestation and gender-based violence in the country and called for urgent action by various stakeholders to halt the menace.

WIMIN is a non-governmental organisation committed to promoting women inclusion at all levels of the Nigerian mineral exploration and mining sector, with programmes rooted in community engagement, research, capacity building and strategic dialogue.

WIMIN President, Janet Adeyemi, revealed that 90 per cent of her members have suffered sexual harassment by their male counterparts in the country within the last one year, noting that the anomaly has become a common and worrisome phenomenon across mining sites.

She lamented that the Nasarawa situation has become cause for concern, affecting members of the group across the 13 local government areas of the state.

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