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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


Women’s Rights and Mining Newsletter November 2019

We are pleased to introduce the first edition of the Women’s Rights and Mining Newsletter. We intend to make it a regular publication to keep you up-to-date and involved in our work to promote women’s rights in mining and mineral supply chains.


Newsletter Womens Rights and Mining November 2019


Highgrade Media interview series on gender equality and mining

The gender debate is gaining momentum around the world. However, the mining sector has thus far been behind the curve. Up to this point, the conversation in the industry has been fragmented, sketchy, and to a large extent, reactive.

Highgrade Media, alongside gender-equality champions and Women’s Rights and Mining members GIZ and The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, are launching a unique interview series on gender equality in mining that is set to shake up the industry.

The series captures uncompromising views of vested women and men; it takes a rigorous look at the unlevelled playing field in both the workforce and mining communities; it takes stock of the lessons learned so far, and it explores the policy options available to advance gender equality.

The series launches today with the release of this impactful summary clip. All individual interviews and further material will be published during November and December 2019. The series can be accessed at www.highgrade.media




Webinar: Unlocking Opportunities for Women and Natural Resource Companies (November 14, 2019)

On Thursday, November 14, 2019 4:00:00 PM CET – 5:00:00 PM CET a free webinar will be held on Unlocking Opportunities for Women and Natural Resource Companies. This webinar is part of the Solutions for Women’s Empowerment Webinar series and is supported by the World Bank Group.


The webinar will feature a discussion with two of the authors of Unlocking Opportunities for Women and Business: a Toolkit for Actions and Strategies for Oil, Gas and Mining Companies. The toolkit provides step-by-step guidance to help companies reach their gender goals and systematically address barriers to equality and inclusion in the workplace, including gender-based violence, across the supply chain, and in community engagement and investment.


For more information and registration: click here


Meeting on Promising Practices in Gender and Extractives on 12 November 2019 in New York

On 12 November 2019 a meeting will be held on Promising Practices in Gender and Extractives at the Ford Foundation offices in New York to learn about best practices for incorporating gender into extractives projects. The event will also be livestreamed.


During the all-day event, the Resource Equity team and others will share insights learned from three recent case studies in Papua New Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, and Peru. There will be group and panel discussions about how to include women in extractive investments consultations, benefit sharing, and livelihood creation, from the perspective of businesses, CSOs, and communities.


Learn more and RSVP here: https://resourceequity.org/promising-practices-gender-extractives/.