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Women’s Rights and Mining is an collaborative effort of NGOs, researchers and government organisations to secure commitments from key stakeholders in the mining sector to address key gender concerns

A guide for governments, companies and financial institutions to uphold women’s rights in the supply chains of minerals for renewable energy technologies

DO invest in women’s rights because women’s rights are human rights and need to be upheld. Additionally, investments in minerals supply chains that promote women’s rights can yield higher and more sustainable returns in terms of mineral production, poverty reduction and broader development effects.

DO assess and mitigate gender risks within your mineral supply chains, your programmes, and financial flows by setting up a human rights due diligence system to ensure that serious abuses are identified, addressed, prevented, mitigated and accounted for. This includes attention to female workers’ rights including occupational safety and health, gender-based violence (GBV) and sexual harassment that occur in mineral supply chains.

DO realize that women are disproportionally affected by environmental risks in mineral supply chains. Women experience environmental damage and degradation differently and more severely than men due to women’s role in food security and primary responsibility for management of household water and energy needs.

DO ensure that women’s voices are heard and their work in mineral production and trade is valued. Use inclusive and participatory approaches to raise women’s awareness about their rights and how to engage in important decision-making processes, such as their role in negotiating their community’s prior and informed consent to develop a mining project, access to land and compensation.

DO assess and optimize opportunities within your minerals supply chains, to advance women’s rights across mineral supply chains. Simply targeting the women with training at key points in the supply chain can ameliorate a range of inequalities, as can distributing a proportion of mineral royalties and taxes to respond to women’s priorities

DO insist on measures to realize women’s rights across mineral supply chains. Make it your good business practice to take practical actions to realize women’s rights, and expect affiliates, suppliers, customers, and other supply chain actors to do the same. Governments, companies and financial institutions can apply pressure and assist upstream suppliers active in the extraction, transport and trade of minerals to execute gender impact assessments to ensure their projects minimise harm and play a positive role in addressing gender inequality.

DO make a gender action plan and make your reports publicly available. Within the gender action plan, describe how to identify and address gender risks in your supply chain and incorporate practical opportunities to rectify gender inequality. Embed this in audits and annual reporting, using relevant indicators to monitor performance.

DO demonstrate leadership and commitment, including within company management systems, to show support for women’s rights comes from the top. Use leadership statements and organizational policies and procedures to communicate your commitment to gender equality and women’s rights both internally and externally to your suppliers and the public. Develop capacity internally and across your networks to build understanding of how gender inequalities are sustained in mineral supply chains and stimulate action to redress the balance.

DO introduce measures to counter risks of backlash as women become more empowered. Resistance and opposition may arise as the traditional domain of men is challenged and efforts to “keep women in their place,” ranging from sexual harassment and sexual and physical violence to threats and public humiliation, represent additional risks of serious abuses. Include these in your risk management plan and suggest adequate mitigation, monitoring and accountability mechanisms

DO get the facts and use them! There is a growing body of evidence on gender inequality and women’s rights violations in extraction, transport and trade of minerals. Support gender research and strengthen the evidence base. Ensure that your organization collects data sensitively on the gender dimensions of serious abuses.

News & Events

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Consultant Needed for a Study on Gender-Based Violence in the Extractive Sector

We are looking for a consultant to undertake a study on gender-based violence in the extractive sector. If you are interested in being shortlisted or have recommendations, please send an email to lisa.stellner@giz.de

 

 

Objectives of the consultancy

 

The objective of the consultancy is to research on gender-based violence in the extractive sector and provide recommendations to address it. This includes gender-based violence around the mine sites that already exist and/or might occur in the near future because of the extractive project. The research shall focus on Africa and shall address both LSM and ASM.

 

Examples of gender-based violence in the extractive sector
Potentials Ways to Address them (Provide examples on success stories on addressing gender-based violence (initiatives and /or tools))
The products of this consultancy will serve as a directory for identifying and addressing gender-based violence on women and girls in the extractive sector.

 

This publication will be published jointly by GIZ and the Women`s Rights and Mining Working Group.

 

For further information please reach out to: lisa.stellner@giz.de

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Stakeholder Statement on Implementing Gender-Responsive Due Diligence and ensuring the human rights of women in Mineral Supply Chains

Paris, April 2019 – Women`s Rights and Mining together with the OECD Secretariat prepared a statement, taking into account input from members of the OECD Multi-stakeholder Steering Group and comments from participants in the session “applying a gender lens to due diligence and responsible mineral supply chains” on how states, the private sector and civil society can work together to prevent gender inequalities along the supply chain.

 

Please find the statement under the resources section or click here

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Inspire! Marketing Coloured Gemstones Pitch Competition. Pitch on ‘Women’s Participation in the Gemstone Industry’.

Do you have an innovative idea to market coloured gemstones? Either to stimulate domestic markets or access international markets? Then submit your ideas to the Inspire! Marketing Coloured Gemstones Pitch Competition and you could win $10,000 to bring your idea to life!

 

How does the Inspire! Marketing Coloured Gemstones Pitch Competition work?

  • Open to all people who work on gemstones in East and Southern Africa
  • Submit your ideas and short video to this link by Sunday June 23rd
  • A panel of judges will chose the five best ideas/pitches
  • The five best pitches will be announced on Monday July 1st
  • Five finalists will be given training and guidance to develop an impactful pitch presentation
  • The five finalists will be sponsored to come to Nairobi, Kenya and present their idea to a panel of judges on July 10th at the Pitch Night, Mayfair Southern Sun, Nairobi, Kenya
  • At the Pitch Night – July 10th the judges will select one winner who will receive $10,000 to implement their idea
  • The five finalists will also attend the East and Southern African Coloured Gemstones from mine to market – challenges and opportunities July 10th – 11th Nairobi, Kenya

This is a unique chance to attend the East and Southern African Coloured Gemstones – from mines to market – challenges and opportunities July 10th & 11th and pitch at the Inspire! Marketing Coloured Gemstones Pitch Night July 10th. These first of a kind, highly anticipated events will enable delegates to connect with an audience of current and future leaders in the coloured gemstone industry that are gemstone miners, gemmologists, investors, lapidarist, geologist, policy makers, mining engineers, women in mining, buyers, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, researchers and community development practitioners from Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Mozambique, Rwanda, Kenya, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Ethiopia, Madagascar, UK, Australia and USA.

 

Special thanks to our sponsors

  • Gemfields for sponsoring the Pitch Prize of $10,000
  • GIZ (the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) for sponsoring the Pitch Night
  • Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for sponsoring travel for the five pitch finalists
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13th OECD Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains, 23-26 April 2019, Paris

Women’s Rights and Mining is pleased to have collaborated with the OECD to create space for a dedicated discussion on gender and responsible mineral supply chains. Please join and engage with us in the following two interactive sessions:

 

The Power of Gender & the Launch of the Gender and Mining Encyclopedia, breakfast side-event of Women and Mining and GIZ on 24 April from 8.00 – 9.00 in room CC13

 

The Power of Gender is an engaging and insightful way to illustrate the gender impact in mining and mineral supply chains. The aim of this interactive workshop is for participants to reflect on how power and privilege affects peoples’ lives.

 

The Gender and Mining Encyclopedia will be also launched during this side-event. It offers a snapshot of the key actors, initiatives and programs in the field of gender and mining. It is published to help practitioners gain an overview of the sector and ideas for projects or collaborations.

 

Applying a gender lens to due diligence and responsible mineral supply chains, parallel session on 25 April from 11.15 – 12.45 in room CC1

 

The session will identify issues related to gender-specific risks in the minerals sector and provide an overview of gender focused mitigation strategies in responsible mineral projects. Presenters will provide examples of empowerment opportunities through mitigation strategies and highlight current gaps in identification and mitigation of gender-specific risks. This session will also be an opportunity to present and discuss a draft statement prepared by members of the Multi-stakeholder Steering Group on implementing gender-responsive due diligence.