Empowering Women within the Mining Sector

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    By Beheerder EPRM in the group Redactie EPRM 29 days ago
    Empowering Women within the Mining Sector

    In the limelight of International Women’s Day, celebrating and empowering women, specifically in the mining sector is of importance. The global event calls for attention to an equal world where female achievements are celebrated, awareness about baizes are highlighted and action towards equality is exercised. Particularly, in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM), women play an essential role in mining practices, such as panning, processing, trading goods, and services.

    The EPRM funded project,  Governance in Artisanal Mining in Chocó, Colombia, showcases the importance of supporting women within ASMs. The project is being implemented by C.I. Anexpo S.A.S, the Alliance for Responsible Mining, and the Atabaque Foundations and became active in November 2019. The project seeks to empower women miners, increase women participation in territorial governance spaces as well as peacebuilding in the municipalities of Quibdó, Istmina, and Condoto. By doing close work with artisanal miners, female miners can dignify their livelihoods, promote better environmental and labor practices, facilitate their access to formal markets and increase the volume of gold being traded.

    The project is focused on historically marginalized miners who often have not had access to effective tools and resources to formalize and improve their working conditions. Women especially experience situations with great vulnerabilities because mining companies tend to work in difficult conditions, exposing the miners to risks.

    Within two weeks, the objectives and schedule were presented to different actors, including municipal authorities, community councils, organizations, social and local entities that address issues related to gender and the environment. With workshops of about 30 participants, notions concerning due diligence were offered and shared.

    The project will continue until 2021, with the hope of benefiting artisanal mining communities, contributing to local development, and boosting female participation in peacebuilding and governance. During the first half of 2020, the scheme to design and pilot a due diligence tool that distinguishes, prevents, and mitigates negative impacts of mining activity based on the integration of the criteria of Responsible Gold (BGI), the CRAFT Code, the Fairmaid Standard, the OECD due diligence guide will commence. The tool will be implemented with groups of miners committed to improve and strengthen their practices and facilitate access to formal markets and responsible mining.

    With these resources and actions in place, the project will facilitate practices that will empower women in the mining sector for many years to come.

     

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