Twelve women small scale miners working in Development Minerals were supported to attend the Regional Sharefair on Gender Equality in the Extractives Industry, Nairobi on the 13-15 October 2015. UN Women in collaboration with key partners (including the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme) brought together governments, small-scale miners, civil society, and the private sector to participate in the event. The Regional Sharefair was attended by 430 participants from across Africa to share knowledge and facilitate dialogue on pertinent issues affecting women in the extractive industries – including promoting innovations and technologies, best practices and policies that support women working in and affecting by extractive industries. The 12 women miners were drawn from Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia.
The UNDP Programme team facilitated an opening ceremony speaking role for Ambassador Stefan Dejak, Head of the EU Delegation in Kenya, alongside high-level dignitaries including: Kenyan Cabinet Secretary of Mining – H. E Najib Balala; Australian High Commissioner – Ambassador John Feakes; UN Under Secretary General and Director General of UNON – Amb. Sahle-Work Zewde. Ambassador Dejak made remarks on the EU's commitment to gender equality including in the extractive industries. Some of his quotes were tweeted by the UNDP Programme Team and retweeted to over 700,000 recipients through the twitter handles of the EU in Kenya, UNDP Brussels, and Jeff Koinange (moderator of the opening ceremony and media personality in Kenya). The ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme contributed to the outcome document of the Sharefair, which captured several key policy issues advocated by the programme.
Caroline Ngonze, Programme Specialist, ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme.