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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

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Webinar: Embedding Gender at the heart of Responsible Mining

Organiser: Responsible Mining Foundation

Date: 23 June 2020

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EfkDV288SK6HNbvdaIcjUA

 

The presence of mining companies can heighten gender inequalities within the affected area. Mining companies not only have a responsibility to ‘do no harm’ in this respect, but also have an interest in enabling women and girls to fulfil their potential and have access to actively participate in socio-cultural life and in the development of the local economy.

By embedding gender at the heart of their activities, mining companies can show they follow the Gender Guidance for the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights that calls for the “integration of gender equality as a cross-cutting issue in all policies, processes and strategies across all departments, rather than treating it merely as a diversity or inclusion issue relevant only for the human resources department.”

Representatives from different stakeholder groups will share reflections on the impacts of mining on women, the main challenges and the opportunities for continuous improvement.

 

Speakers:

  • Lydia Nkopane, National Union of Mineworkers NUM (South Africa)
  • Prabindra Shakya, Indigenous Human Rights Defender – CEMSOJ (Nepal)
  • Vanessa Baudin, Women in Mining (Guinea)
  • Daria Goncharova, Polymetal (Russia)
  • Jennifer Rietbergen-McCracken, Responsible Mining Foundation (Switzerland)

 

Moderator:

  • Prof. Surya Deva, Associate Prof. at the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong & Member of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

 

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EfkDV288SK6HNbvdaIcjUA

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WRM Blog: COVID-19, ASM and Gender Inequality

On behalf of Women’s Rights and Mining, Pjotr Elshout has written a blog about how the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to aggravate gender inequality in ASM communities.

Click here to read the blog

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Epidemics, Conflict, and Gold: What We Can Learn From DRC’s Ebola Outbreak As We Respond to COVID-19

The following blog that IMPACT posted drawing on three years of longitudinal data collection in their Just Gold/AFECCOR/Women of Peace project catchment area in Ituri, DRC.

 

Epidemics, Conflict, and Gold: What We Can Learn From DRC’s Ebola Outbreak As We Respond to COVID-19 and why we must prioritize approaches to responsible sourcing that privilege women’s empowerment, peacebuilding, and community development.

 

https://impacttransform.org/en/gold-drc-ebola-covid19/

 

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Webinar: The Golden Line: Gender and Gold Mining

Date: 24 June 2020

Time: 16:00 CEST

 

The artisanal and small-scale (ASM) gold mining is a complex and multi-faceted sector. Together with The Impact Facility, Solidaridad recently kicked off a series of webinars to separate fact from fiction in ASM gold, and to discuss the challenges and opportunities in this sector with leading industry experts. All the information about this webinar series can be found here.

 

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USAID Webinar: Digging Deeper into Artisanal & Small-Scale Mining: Gender & Women’s Economic Empowerment

Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

For more information and registration see here

 

The artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector offers critical economic opportunities for women as well as a unique set of challenges. Women work at all levels of the ASM value chain, from pit labor to international trading and represent 30-50 percent of the global workforce for ASM. The most lucrative opportunities related to ASM, however, fall largely to men. Women often work longer hours for less money, lack rights to important production assets, such as land, licensing and capital, and are more exposed to social and environmental risks, including gender-based violence. Join USAID and development experts for a virtual discussion on gender-related opportunities and constraints in ASM, with a focus on strategies for transforming gender biases in the sector, and ensuring that women and men have equal access to economic empowerment through ASM-related value chains.

 

Opening remarks:

Jeffrey Haeni, Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID

 

Moderator:

Kimberly Thompson, Natural Resource Governance and Conflict Advisor, USAID E3/Land Team

 

Panelists:

Joanne Lebert, Executive Director, IMPACT.

Jocelyn Kelly, Director, Gender, Rights, and Resilience, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI).
Nathalia Rocio Mendoza Baron, Gender Coordinator, Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM).

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Two calls for action to support artisanal mining communities in the wake of COVID-19

Recently two broadly supported statements were released calling for emergency action for vulnerable artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) communities and supply chains. Both statements emphasize the increased risks posed to artisanal mining communities, including loss of livelihood, increased risk of contracting COVID-19, disproportionate impacts on women and children, and the potential for non-state armed groups to take control of artisanal mining sites. They call for immediate and concerted action from civil society organizations, governments, financing institutions, international organizations, private sector actors and others to support artisanal mining communities and to strengthen their resilience in this time of corona virus crisis.

 

The OECD Multi-Stakeholder Steering Group overseeing the implementation of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains adopted a Call for Action in response to the Covid-19 crisis. The Group calls for other organisations to support the call and take action. Read the OECD MSG statements here.

 

A more elaborate statement signed by over 70 global civil society organizations recommends various actions for a wide range of stakeholders. One of the recommended actions stresses the need for direct support of local women’s groups and associations and to ensure that they have meaningful leadership and decision-making opportunities in the delivery or implementation of COVID-19 measures as well as in matters of trade, development and security. Their leadership will also be critical to inclusive recovery. Read the CSO statement here.

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Webinar “Covid-19: a gender-perspective on the growing humanitarian crisis

Wednesday, April 8
11:00am-12:00pm EDT
RSVP here to receive the Zoom link

 

Featuring:

Rt Hon David Miliband, President and CEO, International Rescue Committee

Ms. Anita Bhatia, Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director for Resource Management, Sustainability and Partnerships, UN Women

The Hon. Eric Schwartz, President, Refugees International

Ms. Mavic Cabrera-Balleza, Chief Executive Officer, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders

Dr. Orzala Nemat, Director, The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit

Moderated by Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

 

The United Nations has launched a major humanitarian response plan to mitigate COVID-19’s impact on the world’s most vulnerable communities. Understanding the human dimension of the tragedy highlights the dire conditions and prospects of people living in places already affected by conflict and crisis – with weak healthcare systems, fragile economies, and high-levels of violence. Moreover, without effective response,”whole regions will be tipped into chaos and the virus will have the opportunity to circle back around the globe,” according to Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock.

 

It is important to recognize that women and girls are both uniquely impacted and critical to mitigation strategies during this humanitarian crisis. They face specific economic hardships, humanitarian needs, and vulnerabilities to gender-based violence.

 

They are also leaders: serving as frontline responders, healthcare workers, and community volunteers.

Join leading experts for a discussion on the urgent need for a gender-responsive approach to mitigating COVID-19 and global strategies for effectively addressing the pandemic’s impact.

Hosted by The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security in partnership with The LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security; Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre; The PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security; and The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre.

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Corona and gender equality

The Corona pandemic will multiply existing gender inequalities and increase risks of sexual and gender-based violence. The protection and promotion of the rights of women in mines and mining affected communicates should be a key priority of all key stakeholders in the mining industry.

 

See links to relevant resources below:

 

General:

COVID-19 requires gender-equal responses to save economies, (by Isabelle Durant, Deputy Secretary-General, and Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Director, Division on International Trade and Commodities, UNCTAD)

 

Global Rapid Gender Analysis for COVID-19 (by CARE and  the International Rescue Committee (IRC),

March 31 2020)

 

On sexual and gender-based violence:

Video: Statement by the Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres on Gender-Based Violence and COVID-19, 5th April 2020.

 

A Gender Lens on COVID-19: Pandemics and Violence against Women and Children (by Center for Global Development, 3rd April 2020)

 

COVID-19: A Gender Lens – Protecting sexual and reproductive health and rights, and promoting gender equality (by UNFPA, March 2020)

 

Impacts of COVID-19 on ASM: Insights from the ground: a story on women miners in Zimbabwe

 

 

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Webinar on the new report: ‘We Mean Business: Protecting Women’s Rights in Global Supply Chains’

Save the date: Webinar 26th of March 14.00 – 15.00 CET on Zoom

 

How do we promote gender equality in global supply chains? What is gender due diligence and how do we put it into practice? ActionAid cordially invites you to join the discussion during the webinar on our new report: ‘We Mean Business: Protecting Women’s Rights in Global Supply Chains’. The report compiles a variety of cases from ActionAid’s work with communities in the Global South that show that the adverse impacts of business activities are by no means gender-neutral. Based on those cases, ActionAid calls for human rights due diligence that is gender-responsive, next to recommendations to states when it comes to due diligence laws, the UN Treaty, access to justice, and women human rights defenders.

 

During the webinar ActionAid policy advisors Lis Cunha and Kelly Groen will take you through what it means to conduct due diligence that is gender-responsive. As well as how to include a gender lens in other Business & Human Rights processes, such as the UN treaty. They will highlight the research on cases in Africa, Asia and Latin America that show detrimental affects on women’s decent work, economic rights, access to land, unpaid care and domestic work, and gender-based and sexual violence. Afterwards there will be plenty of time to share, discuss and ask questions.

 

Want to join us for a inspiring discussion on gender equality in supply chains? Sign up via Google Docs: https://forms.gle/xt1Vf4YF3PCNiKmN6.

Feel free to invite colleagues and other interested parties. Please note that this webinar is open to everyone, including civil society, government and the private sector.

Hope to see you all there!

Lis & Kelly

Zoom link & info is below (note that there is a password) :

 

Topic: Gender due diligence – Webinar

Time: Mar 26, 2020 02:00 PM Brussels

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/573240995?pwd=dmorZ3p2c3NTQVF4TnJXdUovVVVoQT09

 

Meeting ID: 573 240 995

Password: 112514

 

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Blog Levin Sources on WRM-OECD Gender Statement

Levin Sources, a UK-based social venture that focuses on the promotion of resilient, responsible mineral value chains,
has recently become a signatory of the WRM-OECD Gender statement. In this blog Levin Sources outlines some of the main issues they encounter when addressing gender equality in the mining and minerals sector, and how they approach these issues, in alignment with the WRM-OECD Gender Statement.

 

Blog Levin Sources

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Highgrade media interview with Gavin Hilson

Women make up a large part of the workforce in artisanal- and small-scale mining. Professor Gavin Hilson takes us through the universe of subsistence mining and explores the lives of the women involved. The video is part of the Highgrade Media interview series on gender equality and mining in collaboration with Women’s Rights and Mining members GIZ and The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

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Webinar on Gender-responsive EITI implementation

This webinar gave an opportunity for members of EITI Multi-Stakeholder Groups, national secretariats and supporting partner institutions, to come together and devise practical steps toward gender responsive implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCNoEZMInos&feature=youtu.be

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Highgrade media interview with Katie Heller

An early champion for gender equality in the extractive industries, Katie Heller has helped shape the agenda for some of the largest development organisations. In this interview we search for the fundamental answers: why is the gender gap in mining still so wide? The video is part of the Highgrade Media interview series on gender equality and mining in collaboration with Women’s Rights and Mining members GIZ and The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

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Highgrade media interview with Glynn Cochrane

Glynn Cochrane combines the academic perspective with extensive experience on the ground. Insightful and incisive, he challenges our thinking. The video is part of the Highgrade Media interview series on gender equality and mining in collaboration with Women’s Rights and Mining members GIZ and The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

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Highgrade Media interview with Gillian Davidson

Gillian Davidson knows the extractives industry inside out. She holds a number of board positions in mining companies, and Chairs the International Women in Mining organisation. How can we get more women to join her in the C-suite?

The video is part of the Highgrade Media interview series on gender equality and mining in collaboration with Women’s Rights and Mining members GIZ and The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Highgrade Media interview with David Prager

David Prager runs the Global Corporate Affairs function for the De Beers Group, one of the companies taking the lead on gender diversity. In this interview he is asked whether the industry is doing enough.

The video is part of the Highgrade Media interview series on gender equality and mining in collaboration with Women’s Rights and Mining members GIZ and The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Highgrade Media interview with Caroline Ngonze

Caroline Ngonze from UNDP is asked how their 2030 agenda links to gender equality in the extractives sector. This interview series has been prepared in collaboration with Women’s Rights and Mining members GIZ and The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

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Workshop Ex4Dev19 – Surrey Business School

On Friday 8th November, Women’s Rights and Mining was represented at Surrey Business School for the fourth edition of Harnessing the Extractive Industries for Development (Ex4Dev). This year’s workshop centred on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yrene Coli Rivera from Solidaridad participated in the panel Gender and inequality. The other two panels were Decent work and financial inclusion, Environment and Health.

 

Professor Gavin Hilson introduced the day underlining the importance of linking ASM to the SDGs. This includes building a narrative for ASM around youth employment, gender equality, decent work etc. Participants were urged to ‘speak more creatively in the language of the SDGs’ as a way to reframe ASM. In the panel advice was given on how to work on improved gender equality in ASM. Yrene emphasized the use of gender transformative tools that address violence, harmful norms and restrictive structures in society that limit women’s ability to use their agency (the capacity of people to act in a certain environment). And importantly, engaging men in this process as they are the ones that need to give up some of their opportunities, power and resources to women.

 

The keynote speaker was Caroline Ngonze from the United Nations Development Programme. She emphasized there is rapidly growing demand for development minerals and metals. To achieve this and promote socio-economic growth and enhance environmental protection, Caroline appealed for participants to remember and implement three ‘-ions’ in their work and advocated ASM and SDG policymaking to focus on: formalisation, transformation, and acceleration.

 

For a full summary of the event: https://ex4dev.files.wordpress.com/2019/11/ex4dev19-briefing-1.pdf

 

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Blog on IGF-AGM from Boukje Theeuwes

At the IGF-AGM forum on mineral supply chains in Geneva in October, Women’s Rights and Mining hosted a well-attended side meeting on the need for gender-responsive due diligence in the mining sector. Solidaridad’s senior policy advisor and gold expert Boukje Theeuwes spoke at this meeting and emphasized the urgency of working together with the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector, and the need to do so in a gender-inclusive way. In this blog, she shares some insights about this challenge and what is needed to tackle it.

 

https://www.solidaridadnetwork.org/news/gender-responsive-due-diligence-in-artisanal-and-small-scale-mining-is-a-must

 

 

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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. We have an English, French and Spanish version of the newsletter.

 

Newsletter WRM November 2019

Lettre d’information WRM Novembre 2019

Boletín de noticias WRM Noviembre 2019

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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 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

 

 

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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

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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/. 

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Webinar: How are we ‘doing’ gender? Oxfam’s gender impact assessment guide (November 6, 2019)

The International Association for Impact Assessment is offering a free webinar on 6 November at 9:00 EST: “How are we ‘doing’ gender? Crowdsourcing our experiences and tools, Oxfam’s gender impact assessment guide” .

 

This practical webinar will help impact assessment practitioners, project proponents, and regulators who want to learn more about bringing strong gender analysis into their work. Oxfam staff from North America and South East Asia will introduce Oxfam’s gender impact assessment (GIA) guide and share experiences with field-testing it at hydropower and mining projects in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. The GIA tool is publicly available and involves strong community engagement exercises to establish baselines and develop action plans to address adverse gender impacts. For more details and to register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8242936821250295308?source=Presenters

 

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Successful Side Event at the IGF-AGM in Geneva

During IGF-AGM, Women’s Rights and Mining (WRM) organized an event to encourage participants to commit to start working on gender responsive due diligence in the mining sector. The event featured the OECD-WRM Gender Statement, which includes commitments on how governments, the private sector and civil society can work together to prevent gender inequalities along mineral supply chain. It also includes an interactive and engaging exercise that allows participants to experience how gender and other social markers – such as class and age – influence mineral supply chains. Moreover a teaser from the High Grade Media Video Series on Gender & Extractives was launched.

With more than 70 participants the event was a great success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Webinar: Gender in Multi-Stakeholder-Partnerships (September 19, 2019)

Establishing gender equality in multi-stakeholder-partnerships (MSP) sustainably ….but how?

 

In an MSP, diverse actors work together to jointly tackle challenges on equal footing. However, gender inequalities often stand in the way of successful collaboration.

 

This webinar presents key findings of the newest study “Gender in MSP”. It offers practical tools as well as a case study to illustrate how to overcome gender inequality in an MSP.

 

When?

–      Monday, September 16, 2-3pm CET

 

Where?

–      Skype for Business (see below) If you have trouble joining please try the link “Try Skype Web App

 

What?

–         Welcome & Introduction: Lili Mundle (GIZ), Lisa Stellner (GIZ)

–         EITI & Gender: Practical Example by Alice Powell (Consultant, Gender & Extractives)

–         Key Findings of the study: Minu Hemmati, Anna Holthaus (Authors of the study)

–         Expert-Interview: How do theory and practice fit together?

–         Q&A

 

 

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Webinar: Towards gender-sensitive implementation of extractive industries projects

In this webinar, hosted by the Institute, ICMM & IPIECA, you will learn how to enhance gender-responsiveness in extractive industry projects.

The webinar will take place on September 24th from 4-5pm (CEST).

Further information can be found here

https://www.humanrights.dk/events/webinar-towards-gender-sensitive-implementation-extractive-industries-projects

 

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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.

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New Women’s Rights and Mining website

In April 2019 Women’s Rights and Mining launched its own website www.womenandmining.org.

On this website you can read more about the objectives, activities and members of the Women’s Rights and Mining working group.

You can furthermore find different kinds of resources related to gender and mining, including research, assessments, tools, guidelines and videos.

 

Do you have resources related to gender and mining that can be posted on our site? Please email them to us via info@womenandmining.org