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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


IGF-RMF webinar on Regulatory tools for gender equality in mining

On Tuesday 28 September 2021 from 9:00-10:30 EDT, 13:00-14:30 GMT, 15:00-16:30 CEST, the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) and the Responsible Mining Foundation (RMF) are hosting a webinar on Regulatory tools for gender equality in mining. The session will be led by Ege Tekinbas from the IGF and panelists will discuss the role of governments in mining countries in setting regulatory frameworks to ensure responsible practices on gender in mining. Register at the following link.


UNDP Course on Gender and Mining Governance with input from WRM

The Learning for Nature team at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is offering for the second year, in collaboration with the Environmental Governance Programme and the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable (IGF), a free Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Gender and Mining Governance. The four-week course starts 13th September and is offered in English, French and Spanish and will cover the topics of gender and mining governance (week 1), women’s participation in decision-making in the mining sector (week 2), gender-based violence in the mining sector (week 3) and investment in gender in mining governance (week 4). WRM’s research was used to help develop the week 3 lecture on SGBV and mining.


For more information about the course and to enroll, please visit the UNDP website.


Conference tool, inspirational messages & questions on gender responsive due diligence and women’s rights in mining

On the occasion of the 14th OECD Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains WRM has created a set of key messages and questions on gender equality and women’s rights that can be used by anyone to advocate for women’s rights in mining and to promote gender awareness in webinars and conferences all year round. You can access the document here.


WRM-OECD Technical Webinar on Implementing Gender-Responsive Due Diligence | 20 April, 15-17h

WRM is organizing a pre-Forum discussion together with the OECD to explore impacts of formalization processes on women’s rights, and dive into commitments to gender responsive due diligence as well as tools available to private sector, civil society and government actors. WRM will present the outcomes of the mini-survey conducted among adherents to the WRM-OECD Stakeholder Statement. Rachel Perks from the World Bank will guide us through an interactive discussion with representatives from across the field; from local organizations to industry, governments and international organizations. With this session we aim to do what is in fact the core of WRM: create 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. Register now!