Gender and Mining Governance (2021)

In this course, you will learn how to foster women’s equal engagement in mining projects and take action to eliminate gender-based violence in affected communities, and understand how investment in gender equality and women’s leadership in mining governance can lead to stable and resilient communities.



Course starts: 13 September 2021
Course ends: 10 October 2021
Duration: 4 weeks
Estimated effort: 2-3 hours per week
Type: Massive online open course
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Requirements: Internet connection

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Do you need to make a stronger case for amplifying women’s voices in mining governance? Do you want to become more skilled at evaluating the impact of mining projects on communities, with a particular emphasis on women? Are you looking for recommendations on eliminating gender-based violence in mining operations and mining-affected communities? Are you interested in promoting or increasing investment in gender equality in mining governance, and not sure where to start?  United Nations Development Programme, Environmental Governance Programme, and Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development are pleased to offer a FREE Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Gender and Mining Governance. This four-week course facilitated in English, French, and Spanish compiles research from leading institutions in the industry to build awareness and skills in regards to gender governance in the mining industry.

Course highlights and outcomes

  • Gain the skills to build a strong case for strengthening women’s engagement in mining governance 
  • Interact with experts who are actively engaged in promoting gender equality in the mining industry
  • Join the community-of-practice committed to increasing women’s meaningful engagement in mining projects
  • Take a deep dive into rich learning materials
  • Receive a certificate of completion from the course partners

Learning objectives

By the time the course is completed, you will be able to:

  • Understand and evaluate the impact of mining projects on communities, with a particular emphasis on projects’ impact on women 
  • Assess the importance and benefits of women’s participation and engagement in mining projects for communities, companies and governments
  • Outline the measures you can take to effectively eliminate gender-based violence in mining operations and mining-affected communities
  • Understand how investment in gender in mining governance can lead to stable and resilient communities

Course topics

The course will cover the following topics: 

  • Week 1: Introduction to Gender and Mining Governance
  • Week 2: Women's participation in decision-making in the mining sector
  • Week 3: Gender-based violence in the mining sector
  • Week 4: Investment in gender in mining governance

Course completion requirements

To receive the certificate of course completion, participants must:

  • Complete four online lessons
  • Pass four weekly quizzes 
  • Listen to all course lectures
  • Complete the course survey

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Course Includes

  • 6 Modules
  • 12 Activities
  • 1 Quiz

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Course Syllabus

Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4

Week 1 provides an overview of a wide range of gendered impacts of the mining sector on communities and outlines the framework for evaluating this impact, with a particular emphasis on women.

REQUIRED: Lesson and Quiz

Lesson 1: Introduction to Gender and Mining Governance

Objectives:

  • Discuss the reasons behind a systematic exclusion of women’s participation in mining operations
  • Describe the key gendered impacts of mining on affected communities
  • Outline the framework for evaluating the impact of mining on affected communities, with a particular emphasis on women

Quiz 1: Introduction to Gender and Mining Governance

Quiz 1 checks your comprehension of the material covered in Lesson 1.

REQUIRED: Lectures

  • Nora Gotzmann, Danish Institute of Human Rights
  • Paz Gallardo, Source International
  • Laura Grassi, Source International

RECOMMENDED: Case studies

  • The costs of ignoring women’s voice in mining governance in Thailand
  • Gender Impact Assessment of artisanal and small-scale mining in Tanzania
  • Women’s engagement scheme in Lao People’s Democratic Republic

OPTIONAL: Discussion forum

  1. To what extent are women in your country engaged in the mining labor force? If the engagement level is low, what could be some of the reasons behind women’s exclusion? 
  2. How are communities affected by mining operations in your country? Are the impacts of mining different for women from mining communities? If so, describe how they are different.
  3. Imagine you are tasked with conducting a gender impact assessment to evaluate the impact of mining operations on women in your region. What resources will you need at your disposal to realise this task? What challenges do you anticipate to face as you are working on this assessment?

Week 2 explains the importance of women’s equal and meaningful representation in resource extraction projects not only for women's economic empowerment and social development, but also for the sustainability and success of mining operations, and provides recommendations for various stakeholders to facilitate this engagement.

REQUIRED: Lesson and Quiz

Lesson 2: Women’s Participation in Decision-Making in the Mining Sector

Objectives:

  • Outline the benefits of women’s participation in the mining workforce and their engagement in community decision-making in mining projects 
  • Provide recommendations for governments, companies and civil society organizations to facilitate equal representation and engagement of women in mining governance, and to improve women’s employment in the mining sector

Quiz 2: Women’s Participation in Decision-Making in the Mining Sector

Quiz 2 checks your comprehension of the material covered in Lesson 2.

REQUIRED: Lectures

  • Gillian Davidson, International Women in Mining
  • Caroline Ngonze, United Nations Population Fund
  • Ann Chinweze, Natural Resource Governance Institute
  • Lisa Caripis, Transparency International Australia
  • Maria J. Ezpeleta, Oxfam America
  • Lena Abrahamsson, Luleå University of Technology

RECOMMENDED: Case studies

  • Gender diversity approach at Anglo American
  • Gender equity policy in the mining sector in Colombia
  • Women’s empowerment programs by Tethyan Copper Company (TCC) in Pakistan
  • The role of civil society in mining operations in Canada

OPTIONAL: Discussion forum

  1. Imagine you are asked with making a case for increasing women’s inclusion in the mining industry to your government and/or a mining company in your area. What would be your main argument?
  2. Imagine you are asked with proposing interventions for increasing women’s inclusion in the mining industry to your government and/or a mining company in your area. What would your proposal look like, and why would those interventions be particularly important in your context?
  3. Imagine you are asked with proposing interventions for increasing the participation of women from mining-affected communities in the decision-making processes in mining projects that affect their livelihoods, safety, customs and traditions. What would your proposal look like, and why would those interventions be particularly important in your context?

Week 3 focuses on gender-based violence in communities affected by mining operations, and provides recommendations and tools to effectively mitigate the risks of gender-based violence for the affected populations.

REQUIRED: Lesson and Quiz

Lesson 3: Gender-Based Violence in the Mining Sector

Objectives:

  • Outline the reasons for an increase in gender-based violence in mining-affected communities
  • Explain the impacts of gender-based violence on women’s livelihoods in mining-affected communities
  • Provide recommendations for stakeholders for the elimination of gender-based violence in mining-affected communities

Quiz 3: Gender-Based Violence in the Mining Sector

Quiz 3 checks your comprehension of the material covered in Lesson 3.

REQUIRED: Lectures

  • Ege Tekinbas, Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development
  • Lema Ijtemaye, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
  • Katherine Danielsen, KIT Royal Tropical Institute

RECOMMENDED: Case studies

  • Gender-based violence in mining-affected communities in Mongolia
  • Gender-based violence and Inuit women in mining-affected communities in Canada
  • Police brutality around the Porgera Gold Mine, Papua New Guinea

OPTIONAL: Discussion forum

  1. Have you observed a correlation between the prevalence of gender based-violence and mining operations in your country/region? If so, what do you think are some of the reasons for this dynamic in your context?
  2. In your context, how do you see your role in preventing gender-based violence in mining communities and/or mining labor force? 

Week 4 explains how investment in gender in mining governance can lead to stable and resilient communities that are able to minimize the risks of mining activities while maximizing their benefits for women, men, girls and boys.

REQUIRED: Lesson and Quiz

Lesson 4: Investment in Gender in Mining Governance

Objectives:

  • Outline the conditions that need to be set in place for a favorable environment for investment in gender in mining
  • Describe how governments, mining companies and civil society can work together to boost investment in gender equality in mining
  • Propose guidelines for governments, mining companies and civil society on increasing investment in gender in mining

Quiz 4: Investment in Gender in Mining Governance

Quiz 4 checks your comprehension of the material covered in Lesson 4.

REQUIRED: Lectures

  • Fitsum Weldegiorgis, International Institute for Environment and Development
  • Indra Trevoz, EITI International Secretariat
  • Katherine Heller, International Finance Corporation
  • Matthew Bliss, Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development
  • Joanne Lebert, IMPACT

RECOMMENDED: Case studies

  • Empowerment of indigenous women in mining communities by Teck Resources Ltd, Chile
  • Embracing diversity and inclusion at Agnico Eagle
  • Developing equity in the workplace at Goldcorp
  • Empowering women in and around ASM communities in Ghana and Tanzania

OPTIONAL: Discussion forum

  1. Lesson 4 outlines the framework that governments can follow to boost investment in gender equality in mining. What do you anticipate to be the primary challenges for your government when it comes to implementing this framework, and how can companies and civil society help bring it to successful implementation?  
  2. Imagine you are tasked with boosting investment in gender in the mining industry in your country. How would you bring all the relevant stakeholders (including mining companies and civil society) together to start tackling this task? 

Expert facilitatorsExpert guest lecturers

Sanna Due is a Policy Advisor working at the Bureau of Policy and Programme support at UNDP as an expert from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. She currently serves as Programme Coordinator for the Environmental Governance Programme (EGP), the Sida-funded programme that aims to advance the human rights and environment nexus by strengthening the environmental governance of the mining sector, ultimately advancing multiple Sustainable Development Goals.

Sanna has over 20 years of experience working with environmental public administration at national and regional agencies in Sweden and Denmark. Her work has focused on developing and implementing policy instruments in the areas of sustainable consumption and production, circular economy, air pollution, and engagement with the private sector in the Nordic countries and the European Union. Sanna holds a Master’s of Science degree in Environmental Planning and Design.


Ege Tekinbas is a Gender Equality Advisor with IISD’s Economic Law and Policy Program. She has over 15 years of professional experience in gender equality and women’s empowerment, elimination of violence against women, and social development. Throughout her lengthy career with international organizations (including UN Women, United Nations Population Fund, World Bank, European Union, the Council of Europe, and Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas), Ege has engaged in program/project design in areas such as gender analysis, gender-responsive programming, and monitoring of gender-responsive service delivery.

Among previous professional roles, Ege has acted as Senior Gender Consultant at the World Bank (where she was involved with assessing gender-based violence-related risks of major civil works and infrastructure projects) and Senior Gender Consultant at UN WOMEN. In the latter position, she developed a program targeting refugee women and girls, supported the development of strategic plans, and researched the capacity-building needs of women’s organizations and community service organizations working with women refugees, along with social entrepreneurship modalities available for refugee women.


Lisa Caripis is the Research and Policy Manager for Transparency International’s Accountable Mining Programme. The programme works to strengthen transparency and accountability in mining sector licensing and is implemented by TI national chapters in over 20 countries. Lisa contributed to the development of gender-sensitive guidance in the Mining Awards Corruption Risk Assessment Tool.


Mianú Ortega Trujillo is a Research Analyst with IISD’s Economic Law and Policy Program, working with the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development. Before joining IISD, Mianú worked with a variety of organizations, including the Canadian Women’s Foundation, the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from Carleton University in Ottawa, and a master’s degree in development studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva. Mianú is fluent in English, French, and Spanish and is based in Ottawa, Canada.


Dr. Per Strömberg has specialized in assessing and solving environmental and equity challenges, for Governments, UN, OECD and EU, academia and industry over the past 20 years. He has lived and worked for over ten years in Latin America, Africa and Asia. This has given him a thorough understanding of the drivers to sustainability challenges as well as the institutional contexts framing their solutions. An economist by training (PhD University of Cambridge, MSc University College London), currently Dr. Strömberg is a researcher at Sodertorn University in Sweden.


Anna George is currently a Programme Manager for the Environmental Governance Programme (EGP) at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency in Stockholm, Sweden. Her areas of expertise are institutional capacity building in the fields of environmental administration, human rights and social sectors, as well as various instruments for participatory planning and implementation of projects in a development cooperation context. She has previously worked in the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Swedish Ministry of the Environment and the Swedish Marine and Water Agency. She has lived and worked in China for five years. Anna holds a Bachelors in East Asian Studies and Political Science and a Masters in Environmental Science with a focus on environment, communication and politics.

Lisa Caripis is the Research and Policy Manager for Transparency International’s Accountable Mining Programme. The programme works to strengthen transparency and accountability in mining sector licensing and is implemented by TI national chapters in over 20 countries. Lisa contributed to the development of gender-sensitive guidance in the Mining Awards Corruption Risk Assessment Tool.


Ege Tekinbas is a Gender Equality Advisor with IISD’s Economic Law and Policy Program. She has over 15 years of professional experience in gender equality and women’s empowerment, elimination of violence against women, and social development. Throughout her lengthy career with international organizations (including UN Women, United Nations Population Fund, World Bank, European Union, the Council of Europe, and Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas), Ege has engaged in program/project design in areas such as gender analysis, gender-responsive programming, and monitoring of gender-responsive service delivery.

Among previous professional roles, Ege has acted as Senior Gender Consultant at the World Bank (where she was involved with assessing gender-based violence-related risks of major civil works and infrastructure projects) and Senior Gender Consultant at UN WOMEN. In the latter position, she developed a program targeting refugee women and girls, supported the development of strategic plans, and researched the capacity-building needs of women’s organizations and community service organizations working with women refugees, along with social entrepreneurship modalities available for refugee women.


Fitsum S. Weldegiorgis is a senior research consultant with affiliations as an Associate with International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and an Industry Fellow with Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) at the University of Queensland (UQ).

Previously, Fitsum led Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) work in his role as a Senior Researcher at IIED. Before this, he worked as a Researcher with SMI for several years conducting applied research on socio-economic impact of large-, medium- and small-scale mining.

Fitsum has a long track record of conducting applied research, strategy designs, multi-stakeholder action dialogues, and building capacity, leadership and partnerships through various projects.


Olivia Lyster is the Business Area Manager for Good Governance at Levin Sources. She has over 5 years’ experience working on gender-aware, rights-based research and analysis in mineral supply chains with a particular focus on the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector, gender equity, responsible sourcing and due diligence and overseeing multi-national, multi-disciplinary teams for both public and private sector clients. With a particular passion for enabling the advancement of gender equality in the sector, Olivia is also a gender specialist at Levin Sources. Prior to her work at Levin Sources, Olivia worked as a relief worker in Mafraq, Jordan, helping to build community resilience amongst Syrian refugees in the post-conflict environment.


Ashley Smith-Roberts is a Specialist at Levin Sources, a licensed attorney and a consultant who focuses on issues of mining, minerals, and global supply chains. She has conducted research and provided policy recommendations on human rights, mining, and sustainable development and has contributed to assessments for international mining standards and international guidance documents for government stakeholders to improve their legal frameworks and management of environmental and social impacts in the mining sector. She has managed research on artisanal and small-scale mining and supply chains; mining, renewable energy, and sustainable development; and investment and ESG frameworks of the mining sector.


Lena Abrahamsson is chair professor in Human Work Science at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. She is dean for the Faculty of Science and Technology at Luleå University of Technology. Her research interest covers workplace development, technology and organisational changes, learning, safety & health and gender issues in industrial companies. She is today active in projects on technology change and sustainable development in the mining industry, many of them with a gender and equality perspective.

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