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Gender Equality

Gender Equality

Corruption affects women and men differently.  

Corruption impacts women’s involvement in community consultations, decisions, and activities related to mining projects. However, women also have a significant role in preventing and addressing corruption and actively contributing to helping their communities.  

Understanding how corruption in the mining industry affects genders and supporting women’s efforts in combating corruption is crucial for ensuring a more just, equitable, and transparent process for everyone in their communities. 


Chapter Insights

Transparency International Chapters have been working with women and women’s groups to tackle gender inequality and support women to express their voice and agency in decisions about mining projects. This series of stories provides a snapshot of their work, shares their impact and provides useful insights.


Briefing paper – mining, corruption and gender

Our briefing paper explores the link between gender and corruption in mining sector licensing. 

Looking at community consultation processes, the experience of female artisanal miners, whistleblowers, and community members, it discusses the gendered impacts of corruption and highlights the need to tackle gender inequality and support women’s voice and participation. 

The paper provides recommendations for governments, mining companies and civil society to support them to design and implement measures to reduce gender inequality and corruption within the mining sector and minimise the gendered impacts of corruption. 

Gender in the MACRA Tool

Transparency International’s Accountable Mining programme developed the Mining Awards Corruption Risk Assessment Tool (MACRA Tool) to identify and assess the underlying causes of corruption in the process of awarding mining rights. 

The latest edition mainstreams gender throughout, helping users of the tool analyse the corruption risks from a gendered perspective. 

The tool guides users to collect information that will help identify, understand and address the barriers to women’s participation caused by gender inequality, and identify and mitigate the specific gendered impacts of corruption on women. 

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Decisions made about whether or not a mining project goes ahead affect people’s live – and women are often disproportionately affected by corruption.

Lecture for the UNDP ‘Gender and Mining Governance’ course.

To effectively combat corruption, supporting women’s voice and agency is critical. Women need to have a seat at the table and be part of decisions about mining projects.

Presentation at the World Bank ‘Gender in oil, gas and mining’ conference.

Gender equality and multi-stakeholder engagement: Addressing corruption in mining licensing. Featuring TI Zambia and Corruption Watch South Africa.

Session held as part of the event ‘EITI & Gender: Towards a more equitable future’.

key publications

Report: advancing gender equality to combat corruption in mining

This series of stories provides a snapshot of TI’s global work to support gender equality in the fight against corruption.

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This briefing paper explores the link between gender and corruption in licensing and highlights the need to address gender inequality in the fight to curb corruption in the mining sector.


The Mining Awards Corruption Risk Assessment (MACRA) Tool helps users to identify and assess the underlying causes of corruption in mining sector awards with guidance on gender at each step.

This report assesses the state of knowledge about the links between corruption and sextortion. It presents evidence on the prevalence of sextortion and the existing legal frameworks to address it, and it proposes recommendations for how to tackle it. The findings paint a disturbing picture.