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Securing Better Outcomes for Women in Extractive Industries

The World Bank is hosting a brownbag lunch to present initial findings on its research on women in extractive industries. 

Date: April 25, 2012
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Venue: The World Bank, 1818 H St. NW Washington, DC 20006- MC-6 317

Event Description

Women are regularly excluded from decision-making processes around the extraction of natural resources and typically receive fewer of the benefits. Exclusion from decision-making and benefits often means women bear a disproportionate burden of the costs.

Including women in agreement making and implementation processes can increase the likelihood that benefit streams are spent on productive investments – such as health, nutrition and education – positively impacting host communities as a whole.

The World Bank’s Justice for the Poor Program (J4P), World Bank Institute (WBI) and Sustainable Energy, Oil, Gas, and Mining unit (SEGOM) recently completed the first phase of qualitative research into the formation and implementation of the Community Mine Continuation Agreements (CMCA) for the Ok Tedi Mine in Western Province, Papua New Guinea (PNG). The negotiation process was consciously inclusive and the agreements set aside 10% of all revenues for women.

In Zimbabwe, WBI is compiling case studies that chronicle the voices of women in the mining sector, their experiences and the obstacles they face, and how they have been able to overcome some of the challenges. In PNG, WBI is building on lessons from the WBI, J4P and SEGOM research into the Ok Tedi CMCA negotiation process and seeks to tell the stories of women’s mobilization and coalition building, their interactions with mining sector institutions, and overall strategies for accessing resources, knowledge, finance and capacity building opportunities.

This brown bag lunch will present initial findings on this analytical work.

Nicholas Menzies, Justice Reform Specialist (LEGJR)
Waafas Ofosu-Amaah, Regional Coordinator (WBIRP)
Christina Biebesheimer, Chief Counsel (LEGJR)
Adriana Eftimie, Mining Specialist (SEGOM)

This event is open to the general public. Attendees from outside the World Bank Group will need to register their interest in attending by 5:00 p.m. the day before the event by emailing Lakshmi Mathew at lmathew@worldbank.org. The email should specify the proposed attendee’s full name, organization or street address, email address and a phone number at which the attendee may be contacted. External participants should bring photo ID.

April 18, 2012 | Namati