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Gender Equality

Women are burdened by the costs and impacts of the mining industry while harvesting minimal benefits due to an absence of regulatory frameworks and sector-specific gender equality policies, social norms, and economic inequalities. This leads to women’s lack of participation in decision-making processes, imbalanced representation in the mining workforce, and inequalities on mine sites. However, women are also a driving force for sustainable livelihoods, communities, and environments. Their meaningful participation in the mining sector will help further sustainable development.

The IGF works with communities, governments, industry, and academia to develop and implement mining-specific gender equality policies, programs, and frameworks. IGF’s publications leverage its expertise to promote evidence-based best practices, challenges, and recommendations to foster gender equality in mining.

Women in artisanal and small-scale mining

Mining and Gender Governance: Enhancing women’s voices and participation in West Africa

IGF is hosting a workshop on gender and mining governance for WIMOWA on November 26, 2020.
Date of workshop:November 26th, 2020

IGF Promotes Gender Equality and Environmental Management Through Goxi Consultations

The IGF is launching two consultations on Goxi which will run from September 21 to October 2, 2020, to facilitate global dialogue about the gendered impacts of mining before project development, as well as best practices in environmental management i ...

IGF Provides Free Online Course on Gender Equality with EGP and UNDP

The IGF is joining forces with the Environmental Governance Programme and UNDP’s Learning for Nature to offer a free, four-week course on Gender and Mining Governance.

Four Ways to Spearhead Transformation for Gender Equality in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining

Women make up a large portion of the ASM workforce, so how can we ensure gender equality in the sector? We break down four ways.
Case study on women in artisanal and small scale mining

Skills Building for Women in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining

Women play a crucial role in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM). While their challenges in the sector have been studied extensively, increased effort is needed to create a more widespread understanding of their importance to ASM.

Casualty or Catalyst: Gender equality and the future of mining

The IGF, Carleton University and the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute co-hosted Casualty or Catalyst: Gender equality and the future of mining on June 12, 2019, in Ottawa, Canada, at Carleton University.

Webinar: Gender Gaps and Mining

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.
Date of event:June 18th, 2019

Casualty or Catalyst: Gender equality and the future of mining

We are pleased to invite you to our workshop June 12, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at Carleton University to discuss gender equality and the future of mining.
Date of event:June 12th, 2019

15th Annual General Meeting : Mining in a Changing Climate

15th Annual General Meeting : Mining in a Changing Climate
Date of event:October 7th, 2019 to October 11th, 2019

Women in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining: Interventions for greater participation

This case study highlights how to improve women’s participation in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM), complementing the IGF’s previous report, Women in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining: Challenges and opportunities for greater participation.

Fostering Sustainable Livelihoods for Women in Artisanal and Small-scale Mining

With women in ASM facing so many challenges, how can we foster their economic independence and sustainable livelihoods? This column explores five ways.

Women in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining: Interventions for greater participation

This report highlights the key challenges and opportunities women in ASM face, including access to finance, access to equipment and technology, institutional support and services and more.

How Can Universities and NGOs Support Women in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining?

In this guest blog, Dr. Harmony Musiyarira highlights how access to finance may be one of the biggest impediments to empowering women artisanal miners and what universities and NGOs can do to support women in ASM.

Why We Should Foster Economic Independence for Women in Artisanal and Small-scale Mining

The need to address gender equality and equity challenges in the ASM sector is crucial to positively impact women's economic empowerment, which IGF and Levin Sources explore in this joint column.

Global Trends in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM): A review of key numbers and issues

IGF and IIED recently launched this report highlighting how rising mineral prices and the struggle to earn a living from agriculture have led to explosive growth in ASM.

Four Ways to Empower Women in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining

Explore four ways gendered impacts of artisanal and small-scale mining can be minimized while promoting economic independence for women artisanal miners.