Gender equality and women's empowerment

 


Africa/Nairobi


 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Photo credit: Lynda Lawson

 

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ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme

‘Development Minerals’ are minerals and materials that are mined, processed, manufactured and used domestically in industries such as construction, manufacturing, and agriculture.

Development Minerals are economically important close to the location where the commodity is mined. They include industrial minerals, construction materials, dimension stones and semi-precious stones.

  • Africa

    The African Union Commission has called member states to prioritize 'Development Minerals' as part of Africa's industrialization agenda. Find out more about our twenty-eight participating countries and four focus countries in Africa.

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  • Caribbean

    "Development Minerals" underpin the construction and tourism sectors in the Caribbean. Find out more about our six participating countries and one focus country in the region.

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  • Pacific

    The Pacific is literally built on sand. Find out more about our six participating countries and one focus country in the region.

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Uganda

East Africa

Population growth is creating a huge demand for housing and infrastructure, as well as the Development Minerals needed for the construction industry.

Guinea

West Africa

Guinea-Conakry is one of the world's top bauxite producers, but it also has the potential to realise opportunities from the mining of Development Minerals.

Zambia

Southern Africa

Zambia is paving more than 2000 km of roads with locally sourced pavers and cobblestones and in the process is creating tens of thousands of jobs.

Cameroon

Central Africa

The Government of Cameroon requires contracting authorities to incorporate local materials in the construction of public buildings.

Jamaica

Caribbean

Ancient coral, long ago compressed into limestone under the weight of mud, sand and yet more coral, accounts for 65% of the Jamaican island by weight, and 85% of its surface coverage.

Fiji

Pacific

Of the 68 active mineral extraction sites in Fiji, 66 mine Development Minerals.

Participating Countries

Forty (40) countries are participating in regional level training and knowledge exchange. Find out which ones.

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Focus Countries

Six (6) countries are undertaking in depth capacity building and country level training.

What are Development Minerals?

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