Gender equality and women's empowerment
UN Women East and Southern Africa in partnership with the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme and other key partners hosted the Regional Sharefair on Gender Equality in the Extractives Industries in Nairobi on 13-15 October 2015. The event welcomed approximately 500 delegates representing governments, small-scale miners and their associations, civil society organisations and the private sector. Research shows that more than 40% of small-scale miners in Africa are women. This calls for a review of current policies that impede women's active engagement in the extractives sector. Formalization of ASM, provision of extension services and linkages, will ensure women's equitable benefits from the sector. To support this initiative and keep in line with our aim of promoting gender equality in the Neglected Development Minerals sector, the programme supported 12 women small-scale miners to attend the event so that they could benefit from the south-to-south knowledge exchange.
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