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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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Blog on Impacts of COVID-19 on Women in ASM

Olivia Lyster and Josephine Singo have written a blog that has been published on the Levin Sources website that provides insights on the gendered impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) communities. The blog draw on recent data collection in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Uganda and the DRC as part of the Delve COVID-19 Impact Reporting initiative.

 

To read the blog: https://www.levinsources.com/knowledge-centre/insights/impacts-covid-19-women-asm

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Four-week online course on Gender and Mining Governance

United Nations Development Programme, Environmental Governance Programme, and Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development are offering a free Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Gender and Mining Governance. This four-week course facilitated in English compiles research from leading institutions in the industry to build awareness and skills in regards to gender governance in the mining industry.

The course will take place from 2 – 27 November 2020.

 

For more information and registration:https://www.learningfornature.org/en/courses/gender-and-mining-governance/

 

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WRM Webinar: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the Mining Sector

Organiser: Women’s Rights and Mining 
Date: 8 September 2020

Time: 15.30 CET
Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SjOYhOKCT_Kvd5mZAy60Dg

 

Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) is a grave violation of human rights. SGBV comes in many forms, ranging from pervasive harassment and discrimination to grievous acts of sexual or physical violence. SGBV continues to be a serious concern in the mining sector and in mining communities around the world

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In this webinar, held by Women’s Rights and Mining (WRM), we will zoom in on this concern in discussion with several experts from the field of gender and mining, focusing on the following questions:

  • What is SGBV and how does it manifest in the mining sector?
  • What are the drivers of SGBV in the mining sector?
  • How are different actors addressing SGBV in the mining sector – and to what effect?
  • The impact of COVID-19 on SGBV – how are actors adapting their strategies and what are the lessons learnt so far?

 

Our panel consists of four speakers:

  • Adriana Eftimie, Senior Operations Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank Group
  • Fatima Vally, Activist at Mining Affected Communities United in Action (MACUA) and Women Affected by Mining United in Action (WAMUA)
  • Emmanuel Ankamah, National Coordinator at Presbyterian Relief Services and Development (PRS&D)
  • Sophie Rickard, co-author of the upcoming GIZ/WRM study: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the Mining Sector in Africa: Evidence and reflections from the DRC, South Africa, Tanzania & Uganda

 

The webinar will be moderated by Jennifer Hinton, Advisor of WRM and Uganda Country Head at Jervois Mining Ltd.

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2nd WRM Newsletter

This newsletter is meant to keep you up-to-date with WRM’s work to establish a better understanding of the gender dimensions of mining and to create awareness and secure commitment to take action and uphold women’s rights in mining and mineral supply chains. Also, see our section ongoing and upcoming to read about what we are currently doing or planning.

The newsletter is available in English, French and Spanish:

 

Newsletter WRM July 2020

Lettre d`information WRM Juillet 2020

Boletín de noticias WRM Julio 2020