Gender equality is clearly a challenge for the mining industry. In mining companies and mining-affected communities, women are most often at a disadvantage compared to their male counterparts. Companies need to be proactive in counteracting potential biases to avoid unintended effects on women. However, research shows that such gender-responsive measures, while implemented by some companies, are still far from standard practice in the industry. Therefore governments in mining countries have a vital role to play in setting regulatory frameworks to ensure responsible practices on gender in mining.
This webinar presents recent research on company practices and government actions on gender equality in mining. Experts also share experiences from government and industry and explore the following questions:
- What is the status of gender-responsive action within the mining industry? What are the leading practices?
- What regulatory tools are driving stronger action by mining companies? What are the challenges in developing and implementing these tools?
- How do mining companies respond to requirements and regulations on gender equality? What challenges do they face in addressing gender issues across their operations?
This event was hosted by the IGF in partnership with the Responsible Mining Foundation (RMF).
- Ege Tekinbas, Gender Equality Advisor, IGF
- Hermien Botes, Head of Sustainability Engagement, Anglo American
- Aubrey Menard, Senior Policy Advisor, Extractive Industries at Oxfam America
- Marie Paz Rodríguez Mier, Gender Equity Leader, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Colombia
- Minh On, Acting Deputy Director, Natural Resources Canada
- Jennifer Rietbergen-McCracken, Senior Advisor, RMF