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Oxfam Australia's Mining Symposium Communiqué and updated Gender Impact Assessment

Oxfam Australia’s Communiqué from our 2017 Mining Symposium: 'Putting Gender on the Agenda' is available at: https://www.oxfam.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2017-PA-005-Min...

Oxfam Australia and the Melbourne Business School partnered to host the seventh Sustainable Mining Symposium in April 2017. The event, held under Chatham House rules, focused on gender in the extractives industries. The theme reflects Oxfam’s experience that women enjoy fewer of the benefits of mining, oil and gas projects than men, while disproportionately suffering more of the negative impacts.

The symposium provided an opportunity for industry leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities for companies in ensuring that the potential impacts of extractives projects on women and girls are mitigated, and that women are able to meaningfully participate in company-community decision making processes. The event provided information and stimulated discussion on:

- the gendered impacts of the extractives industries in different contexts;

- industry experience of inclusive engagement;  

- how the industry can facilitate access to the benefits of mining;

- women’s participation in the sector; and

- the business case for gender equality and the realisation of womens rights.

In case you haven't already seen it, Oxfam's updated (2017) Guide to Gender Impact Assessment for the Extractives Industries is also available at: https://www.oxfam.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/2017-PA-001-Gen...

This guide advises mining, oil and gas companies on how they, or their consultants, can undertake a gender impact assessment. It:
- describes some important principles and approaches that should underpin a gender impact assessment;
- provides a framework for companies to identify, understand and respond to the gender impacts of an extractive industry project; and
- outlines some key concepts, definitions and case studies.

Community-based organisations, women’s rights organisations, researchers and others can also use this guide to identify and understand the gender impacts of extractive industry projects.

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