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Women and the Mine of the Future

Women and the Mine of the Future

Major economic trends are transforming large-scale mining across the globe. These include rapid technological advances, pressure to mine more responsibly from investors and other stakeholders, and rising demand for critical minerals for a low-carbon energy transition. But how will these trends affect women working in the sector and related supply chains? The implications are difficult to understand due to a lack of high-quality, comparable data on women in the mining workforce.

Women and the Mine of the Future is a collaborative project to increase understanding of the status quo for women in mining, so stakeholders can anticipate, assess, and address gendered impacts as mining evolves. This initiative builds on research from our New Tech, New Deal project that was supported by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Project Partners

  • Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals, and Sustainable Development (IGF)
  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • International Women in Mining (IWiM)
  • United Nations Environmental Governance Programme (EGP)
Background: IWiM’s Director puts the project in context: Establishing Baseline Data for Women and the Mine of the Future

Baseline Gender Profile

The first phase of the project is to establish a baseline gender profile for workers in large-scale mining to inform an assessment of how global mining trends will affect women in mining and related supply chains. In turn, the project partners will identify gaps and challenges impeding women’s participation in mining and provide guidance and technical support for decision-makers to promote gender equality in the sector.

The data displayed below is part of the project’s baseline analysis of gender-segregated data for 10 countries to provide greater understanding of the gendered employment profile of large-scale mining and its supply chain. It is drawn from household surveys, such as national labour force surveys, which the ILO has collected, processed, and harmonized for country-to-country comparison.

Analysis: IWiM’s Head of Research digs into the data: Exploring the ILO’s Gender Disaggregated Data on Mining Employment


Discussion: What does the future hold for women in large-scale mining?

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