Mining, Women’s Participation and Voice: Case Studies from Colombia

Women are often adversely impacted by mining, with problems arising within families and communities related to the lack of women’s decision-making and influence on the use of water and land critical for their livelihoods and the care of their families. In addition to their influence over land and water resources, it is also noted that women’s participation in the economy and ability to participate in political and decision making processes are key factors that may decrease harms or influence access to benefits from mining, affecting social, economic and environmental outcomes.

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 Languages: English | Spanish
 Date Conducted: 18 June 2019
 Video Length: 2:01:09
 Course Type: Stand-alone Webinars


This webinar looked at how governments can strengthen their policy responses to gender impacts and gaps related to mining, to improve development outcomes from the sector. The webinar shared practical approaches to addressing gender gaps in mining. We drew insights from two case studies from Colombia, in artisanal gold mining, and coal mining, of initiatives that are effective in addressing key gender issues linked to the sector, while highlighting good practices in Colombian public policy related to mining, from a gender perspective.

This webinar also introduced initial topics from a new training on gender, governance and mining that is in development, and seek feedback from participants on how the training can be refined and delivered most effectively.


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cynthia Oliech

This is great information, i am in the process of implementing a project that will enhance women’s voice in mining. Looking forward to great engagement.