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Webinar: Gender Gaps and Mining

Event Details
June 18, 2019

Join the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and UNDP Environmental Governance Programme (EGP) June 18 for a webinar exploring how governments strengthen their governance and policy responses to address gender gaps in the mining sector.

The English webinar will be held at 11:00 a.m. EST, with a Spanish webinar held at 2:00 p.m. EST.

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There is growing recognition that not only does the mining sector have different impacts on men and women, but that policy and governance responses to the sector also affect women and men differently.

Statistically, women and girls are more likely to suffer from negative impacts related to mining, such as water and land pollution; lack of access to water and land; or security, safety and health threats related to increased populations of transient workers and job seekers.

This upcoming webinar will look at how countries can strengthen the gender component of their response to mining to improve development outcomes from the mining sector, drawing lessons from the experience with artisanal and small-scale gold and coal mining in Colombia.

The webinar will address:

  • How are women and girls affected differently than men and boys by the mining sector?
  • What policy tools can governments use to better address these gaps?
  • How has Colombia improved its regulatory and public policy response related to mining from a gender perspective?


  • Anders Arco: Consultant for gender and mining in the Alliance for Responsible Mining and works for the Spanish NGO Solidaridad Internacional.
  • Javier BlancoField Officer at the UN Women Office in Chocó, Colombia.
  • Luisa Fernanda Bacca: Chief of the Social and Environmental Affairs Office, Colombia’s Ministry of Mining and Energy.
  • Sohinee Mazumdar: Environmental and social governance leader dedicated to human rights and conservation. Sohinee works with local communities and ecosystems on a range of projects across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

The webinar in English will be moderated by Sarah Daitch, UNDP/EGP. The webinar in Spanish will be moderated by Christian Felipe Lesmes and Viviana Martínez-Pulido, UNDP Colombia.

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Background information:

The joint Swedish Environmental Protection Agency – UNDP Environmental Governance Programme (EGP), in partnership with the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development, is developing training for decision-makers and practitioners on strengthening policy and regulatory responses to gender impacts linked to the mining sector.

Following an interactive gender and mining session at the IGF’s 14th Annual General Meeting held in Geneva in 2018, it was clear that there is strong interest from governments to improve policy responses to gender impacts related to the mining sector.

This webinar aims to introduce initial concepts and topics from the training that is in development and seek feedback from participants on how the training can be refined and delivered most effectively.