Queensland researcher boosting mining women's lives

A UNIVERSITY of Queensland researcher is changing the lives of female sapphire miners in Madagascar by adding value to the stones they find.

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Thousands of women work with sapphires and other gemstones in Madagascar but there are limited opportunities to participate in the gemstone trade beyond sieving tailings in the river, surface mining and selling small stones.

After spending the past four years with women mining the sapphire fields in the southwest of the east African country, UQ Sustainable Minerals Institute PhD student Lynda Lawson was looking for ...