Stories of Women in DRC’s Mining Sector Spark National Action Plan

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Accidents and abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector are common. Women in various mining areas of the country are transforming lives by advocating for their rights. The World Bank and the Government of the DRC are supporting various efforts to close the gender gap in […]

Marta Tshilumba

A War Within Wars: The Impact on Women of the Violent Struggle For Natural Resources in the Congo

Download PDF Published by: Vermont Law School & CSRM   |    Author: Kyendamina Cleophace Mukeba Wars in the Congo for the last two decades have been a struggle characterized by a global competition between industrialized nations and the world’s emerging economies for easy access to the most strategic mineral use to advance innovation in […]

First Lady of Zambia calls for more women in mining

Times of Zambia, Published On July 22, 2015 By Hildah Lumba, written by Helen Zulu  FIRST Lady Esther Lungu has called for more women participation in the mining sector in the country. Ms Lungu said there was need for more women participation in the mining sector in an effort to empower them. She said this […]

Gender & Extractives Convention – Uganda (21-22/07/2015)

WOMEN ENGAGEMENT IN EXTRACTIVES BENEFITS FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND THE COUNTRY KAMPALA, 21 JULY, 2015: Global Rights Alert (GRA) will for the next two days; the 21st & 22nd of July 2015 bring together experts and participants in the oil, gas and mining industry to discuss the role of women in sustainable exploitation and development in […]

Gender & Extractives Convention – Uganda (21-22/07/2015)

WOMEN ENGAGEMENT IN EXTRACTIVES BENEFITS FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND THE COUNTRY KAMPALA, 21 JULY, 2015: Global Rights Alert (GRA) will for the next two days; the 21st & 22nd of July 2015 bring together experts and participants in the oil, gas and mining industry to discuss the role of women in sustainable exploitation and development in […]

Difficulties faced by Women miners in Kenya

The post below has been sent to us for publication. We hope Anthony Kitimo will also share with us the positive impact these women’s networks have for the women affected and if some initiatives led by the government and/or NGOs are working and making a difference.   Women miseries in Kasighau Mining Zones In the hot […]

IIED’s work on artisanal and small-scale mining

We are pleased to be able to share the latest work on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM), from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Through a series of multi-stakeholder policy dialogues we are creating a space to share, scope and tackle the complex challenges within the sector – a sector which supports the […]

IIED's work on artisanal and small-scale mining

We are pleased to be able to share the latest work on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM), from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Through a series of multi-stakeholder policy dialogues we are creating a space to share, scope and tackle the complex challenges within the sector – a sector which supports the […]

Large scale mining in Africa is a mixed blessing for women

SUBMITTED BY ANJA TOLONEN ON THU, 06/25/2015. CO-AUTHORS: ANDREAS KOTSADAM The African continent is rich in natural resources, like oil, gas and minerals that contribute to a large share of exports, and are now a major source of foreign direct investment. In our paper African Mining, Gender and Local Employment, we investigate how this recent, […]

Malawi: Madam Chilima Advises Women to Invest Time, Knowledge and Skills to Achieve Entrepreneurship Goals

By Linda Likomwa, 29 April – Malawi News Agency Madam Mary Chilima spouse to Vice President Tuesday said women should invest time, knowledge and skills to achieve entrepreneurship objectives. Chilima said this in Lilongwe, during the official opening of a two day Malawi Women Mining Association (MAWEMA), Annual General Meeting (AGM). “I urge you women […]

Do you live in British Columbia and your life partner also works in mining?

Dear Elk Valley Women in Mining members, We have the opportunity to highlight our group and our members in media coverage of 2015 Mining Week, which runs from May 2-9 this year. The Fernie Free Press would like to highlight local couples who both work in mining. If you would like to take part, please […]

Women miners in Zimbabwe: The untold story

The Herald, March 19, 2015 Ruth Butaumocho Ruth Butaumocho Gender Editor Miriam Mbambo (40) wakes up at 3am daily to prepare food for her three school-going children before she leaves for work at the nearby Pickstone Mine in Chegutu. An hour later, donning a worn-out pair of trousers paired with a black T-shirt, she begins her journey of […]

AAPF Gender and Mining Study Tour to South Africa and Australia – Happening Now

January 30th, 2015 In March 2015, IM4DC will host a forum on Gender and Mining for 30 African participants. The one-day forum forms part of a larger study tour organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) through the Australia-Africa Partnerships Facility (AAPF). The forum will explore gender equality and workforce diversity, gender […]

Sharefair on Gender Equality in the Extractives Industry

Dear Members, UN Women, in partnership with The Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA) in Kenya and several other partner agencies are planning for a Sharefair on Gender Equality in the Extractives Industry. The Sharefair will be held in Nairobi later this year (September has been proposed).  If you may be interested in participating in the […]

Can industrial development empower women in developing countries?

Anja Tolonen is sharing with us her newest research about women in large-scale gold mining communities in Africa. It is about women’s empowerment and infant mortality. The paper can be found here. Anja Tolonen, PhD candidate in Economics University of Gothenburg Phone (US): 510-229 8944 Phone (SE): +46 (0)31 786 1264 www.anjatolonen.com

Women in mining in Zimbabwe court investors

The Chronicle, November 28, 2014 Business THE Women in Mining Association is courting investors for assistance in exploiting diamonds at its 15,000 hectares diamond claim in Chiadzwa in a move aimed at increasing output and earnings for women players. The organisation’s chairperson, Anakileta Gumba, said women in mining had joined hands with the Zimbabwe Mining […]

Survey related to natural resource development and Aboriginal women (BC)

Message from Dan Peters, Partnership Coordinator of Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) Link for our corporate survey related to natural resource development and Aboriginal women for a project NWAC received funding for from AANDC. Feel free to complete it and post on Facebook or email to your contacts. NWAC is arranging a roundtable related […]

Publish What You Pay & UN Women launch gender guide for natural resource management

Publish What You Pay and UN Women are working together to integrate gender perspectives into natural resource governance, so that when we say we want all citizens to benefit from their resources, we really mean all citizens. To this end, we created a value chain that shows how you can approach gender at every step […]

Publish What You Pay & UN Women launch gender guide for natural resource management

Publish What You Pay and UN Women are working together to integrate gender perspectives into natural resource governance, so that when we say we want all citizens to benefit from their resources, we really mean all citizens. To this end, we created a value chain that shows how you can approach gender at every step […]

Study on the operations & contributions of Women Small-scale Miners (WSM) to Zimbabwe’s economic development

Research on small-scale mining on the cards The Southern Times, 1 September 2014 – by Masimba Gomo Bulawayo – Zimbabwe Artisanal and Small Scale for Sustainable Mining Council (ZASMC) and the Institute of African Studies will next year conduct a study on the operations and contributions of Women Small-scale Miners (WSM) to the country’s economic development.  Artisanal and […]

Study on the operations & contributions of Women Small-scale Miners (WSM) to Zimbabwe's economic development

Research on small-scale mining on the cards The Southern Times, 1 September 2014 – by Masimba Gomo Bulawayo – Zimbabwe Artisanal and Small Scale for Sustainable Mining Council (ZASMC) and the Institute of African Studies will next year conduct a study on the operations and contributions of Women Small-scale Miners (WSM) to the country’s economic development.  Artisanal and […]

Profile of Evelyn Musharu

A different kind of ‘mukorokoza’ Zimbabwe – The Herald September 25, 2014. By Ruth Butaumocho, Gender Editor   When Ms Evelyn Musharu was plying her trade in Chegutu as a hairdresser two decades ago, she never dreamt of any future beyond the single room she worked from, that served as her salon. However, a decision by […]

Lillian Falyao: Fighting for women’s wellness in a mining community

Humbling and sobering account. Mining has a bad name because of stories like that. However, when mining works alongside communities from the start, does things right, takes care of the environment etc it leads to success stories rather than failure. Women’s Travelling Journey Community, 19 September 2014 Our Stories, One Journey: Empowering Rural Women in Asia […]

Impact of mining activity on Inuit women & families in Nunavut Territory, Canada

Synopsis Mining exploration and mining are currently advanced as “the way forward” in the socio-economic development of the Nunavut Territory. This report examines an as yet unexplored dimension of these activities: the impact of mining activity on Inuit women & families in Nunavut Territory. The focus of this case study is the women of Qamani’tuaq […]

Ministry calls on women to take up mining

September 15, 2014 The Chronicle (Zimbabwe), by Daisy Jeremani Gender Editor Women have been called upon to take advantage of opportunities provided by the new constitution for them to fully participate in mainstream mining activities. Speaking at a review workshop for women in mining at a local hotel on Friday, the permanent secretary in the Ministry […]

Wednesday 20 August 2014 "Workers World" weekly labour show on SAFM about women miners

Workers’ World Media Productions produces a weekly labour radio slot “Workers on Wednesday” as part of “Morning Talk” on SAFM 105.1 and produces radio slots for over 50 community radio stations in five languages across the country. They also produce a weekly television labour show for broadcast on CTV and channel 263 on DSTV. Workers’ on Wednesday […]

Women in Mining Symposium in Papa New Guinea

EMTV, Friday, 08 August 2014. Gender equality remains one of the impediments of greater development in Papua New Guinea, according to an Australian researcher. University of Queensland researcher, Julia Keenan said this during the two-day Women in Mining symposium held at the University of Papua New Guinea which ended today. She said women folk have […]

Womin

If you are remotely interested in women and the extractive industries in Africa then you should take a look at the newly launched website of WoMin – African Women Unite Against Destructive Resource Extraction. The website was only launched on February 5th but it already contains an unrivalled wealth of resources related to the extractives […]

Program trains Aboriginal women in mining

Great initiative! By: Lindsay Kelly, Northern Ontario Business, 16 July 2014 Myra Wabie (front) got a look at a big rig while going on a ride along during a site visit to AuRico’s Young-Davidson gold mine. Her official title is job coach, but in her role with the Temiskaming Native Women’s Support Group, Kelly Lamontagne can, […]

The two women behind Tanzania Women Miners Association

Meet the Two Leaders of TAWOMA – Tanzania Women Miners Association Martha Bitwale: The  former  Chairperson of Tanzania Women Miners Association She is a long time activist of rights of Women miners.  Her passion on women’s rights and the struggles to organize women in mining to advance in the mining sector is known among most […]

The challenge of being a female miner in Zimbabwe

Female miners battle corruption, bureaucracy Government policies have failed to respond sufficiently to the needs of women, thus perpetuating gender inequality. The Zimbabwean, 18 June 2014, by Sofia Mapuranga In its study entitled “Beyond the Enclave: Towards a pro-poor and inclusive development strategy for Zimbabwe”, the Labour and Economic Development Research Institute of Zimbabwe (LEDRIZ) established that […]

Timely boost for women in mining in Zimbabwe

The Chronicle, June 14, 2014 by Daisy Jeremani,  Gender Editor “THE United Women Miners Association got a boost when they received $20,000 from the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development to buy a stamp mill for their 32 claims in Esigodini. The Minister, Cde Oppah Muchinguri handed over the cheque to the group of […]

Connection between gender based violence (GBV) and mining in Mongolia

IM4DC project plays important role in Mongolia’s mining boom, June 9th, 2014 An IM4DC-funded research project that looks into the connection between gender based violence (GBV) and mining, has led to the Mongolian Government signing an agreement with a mining company to tackle the problem. The purpose of the research was to improve the understanding […]

Women & extractives: many new initiatives and reports added

I want to alert you to new articles, initiatives and research reports & projects that I’ve added to our library page dedicated to Women affected by Mining. Link to this page I list the new additions from the last month below. If you want to share more articles or reports which I have missed contact me at barbara@womeninmining.net […]

Managing the impacts of minerals development on women and men and their traditional livelihoods in Mongolia

The University of Queensland – Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, Sustainable Minerals Institute About CSRM CSRM is a leading research centre, committed to improving the social performance of the resources industry globally. Their work spans a range of thematic areas, covering the interactions between resource projects, communities and other stakeholders. Across these themes, CSRM conducts […]

Gender Equality in the Nordic Mining Industry

25 March 2014, Charlie Olofsson, NIKK (Nordic Information on Gender) The mining industry has long been characterised by macho masculinity and a rough-and-tough jargon. However, change is underway. Thirty-five years ago, only men were allowed to work underground. Today, the mining companies are actively recruiting women. ‘We have finally gained some momentum in this area,’ says […]

Mining Coal and Undermining Gender: Rhythms of Work and Family in the American West

Though mining is an infamously masculine industry, women make up 20 percent of all production crews in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin—the largest coal-producing region in the United States.  How do these women fit into a working culture supposedly hostile to females?  This is what anthropologist Jessica Smith Rolston, herself a onetime mine worker and the […]

3-day workshop on the progress of women in mining – Papa New Guinea

Women in Mining meet progressing well Melanie Vari on Mon, 28/04/2014 A three-day workshop on the progress of women in mining project areas begun this morning at the Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby.   It’s called Capacity Building of Women’s Associations on the Use of Women in Mining Small Grants Program (SGP) and facilitated by Mineral […]

An article reporting on women affected by mining in DRC

Foreign Policy, by Jill Filipovic, 21 April, 2014 A Fair Stake in the Ground Why keeping women away from Congo’s mines — which are rife with exploitation and sexual violence — could do more harm than good. RICA ” BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of Congo — Bembeleza Mungo Akonkwa, 41, cradles her infant son and hunches slightly. […]