sharing in governance of extractive industries
Women have been historically exposed to greater risks and captured fewer of the benefits of their engagement with the mining sector. Taking a specific gender approach to mining should be built in throughout the mining cycle and can be particularly reinforced at the design stage of mining operations.
The mining industry can impact positively and negatively across the SDGs. Mining can foster economic development through the creation of employment, business development and increased revenues. Historically, however, mining has contributed to many of the challenges that the SDGs are trying to address such as environmental degradation, displacement of populations, worsening economic and social inequality, armed conflicts, gender-based violence and violations of human rights amongst others.
In terms of Gender Equality, especially SDG 5 on achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls and the 40 plus gender related targets provide a platform to support women´s empowerment in the extractive industry and mining sector.
EGP is currently supporting two projects in Mozambique and Colombia to strengthen gender equality in public administration of the mining sector.
In Mozambique, EGP is currently collaborating with UN WOMEN on a project on Gender, Environmental Governance and Mining. The overall aim of the project is to strengthen gender dimensions in the mining sector, particularly at the level of interventions and promoting a human right-based approach that can also deliver better governance in the mining sector, geared towards the SDGS.
In Colombia, we are currently developing a project to contribute to improving social-environmental conditions of women in mining contexts in the Chocó region in Colombia. This project aims to identify entry points for governments to protect rights, prevent conflict and enhance women’s social, economic and environmental outcomes of mining this project by exploring the link between public administration of mining and building sustainable peace.
Thanks so much for your interesting contribution!
Protecting the needs and interests of women as well as indigenous communities affected by extractive projects in an important topic as part as our efforts to strengthen environmental governance of the mining sector and guarantee the rights for all groups and communities.
I added the resource GENDER AND THE EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES: PUTTING GENDER ON THE CORPORATE AGENDA you shared with us on our GUIDELINES FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT page.
Would be great to hear more in our community about other experiences related to indigenous communities/or women affected by extractive projects.