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Mining and Gender Equality: Promoting Women Inclusion for Sustainable Development
21 May 2019 -  Mining is relevant to all of us. Every day, from the time we are awake we consume or use products that contain a mineral or metal. Perhaps the most obvious one is the cellphone which is made from a variety of metals: aluminum, lithium (in the batteries), gold, copper and silver (in the wiring), just to mention a few. Throughout history, minerals have played a definitive role in the life of human. The mining industry however, has always been a source of controversy because minerals and metals production can greatly affect lives, both in a positive and a negative way, all along its value chain.
Fully aware that it is a male-dominated industry, mining companies have been at the forefront of implementing gender-equality strategies for several years. Without this approach employment and income would be largely captured by men while environmental and social risks of mining would tend to fall upon women.
Last year, an important study, using the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals- SDGs, measured socio-economic performance of mining countries, showing a very positive outcome. The socio-economic progress of the top 25 countries highly dependent on mining has been higher than in non-resource-dependent countries during 1995-2015. Yet, it also demonstrated that in Gender Equality more work needs to be done. SDG5: Gender Equality is among the three SGSs that the non-resource dependent countries outperform the mining dependent ones. To address this very relevant topic, the Women’s International Forum is delighted to convene a diverse group of outstanding representatives from government, mining companies and mining international specialists to discuss lessons learned, best practices and challenges on implementing and supporting gender strategies and programs in the mining sector. This event provides a unique opportunity to turn the light on a subject that is not often discussed at the United Nations but that is crucial “in leaving no women behind”.
Our guests:
H.E Ambassador Martha Pobee, Permanent Representative of Ghana to the United Nations Alexandra Guaqueta, Global Practice Leader, External Affairs and Communities, Rio Tinto Tracy Bame, President Freeport McMoran Copper & Gold Foundation and Social Responsibility Director
Casper Sonesson, Global Policy Advisor, Extractive Industries, UNDP
Natasha Nunes da Cunha, Senior Specialist- Extractives, Inter-American Development Bank