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Integrating Gender Equality Into Environmental and Social Impact Assessments

June 8, 2022

Following a request from the Government of Argentina, the IGF designed and delivered a virtual training program for public officials on integrating gender equality into environmental and social impact assessments (ESIAs) in the mining sector. The program was designed to increase knowledge and awareness about gender impacts in mining and how ESIAs can help in this assessment. It was delivered in two virtual sessions on April 26 and May 5, 2022.

The program included an introduction to the main concepts of gender and mining governance and impacts. Presenters outlined effective approaches and instructive case studies for policy-makers. Workshops included interactive sessions to get attendees engaged in the issues. During the closing session, participants discussed actions they might take to advance gender guidelines and policies in their organizations.

An average of 40 participants attended each session, including representatives from 20 Argentine provinces and the national mining secretariat. The participant group was made up of 75% women and 25% men that came primarily from mining authorities, with a smaller contingent from environmental agencies.

Facilitator

  • Carolina Rojas-Hayes, Mining Gender Policy Expert

Speakers

  • Ege Tekinbas, Gender Equality Advisor, IGF
  • Ineke Steinhauer, Technical Secretary in International Cooperation, Netherlands Commission for Environmental Assessment
  • Catalina Cañas Yañes, Senior Policy Advisor, Government of Canada
  • María Ezpeleta, Senior Gender Advisor, Extractives Industries, Oxfam