How Transparency International Chapters are supporting women to actively participate in decisions and demand a more accountable mining sector
Women have an important role to play in demanding greater transparency and accountability in decision-making about mining projects. This is important because mining can have a disproportionate impact on the wellbeing and livelihoods of women in local communities.
But not only do women need a seat at the table, they must also feel confident that their participation in community discussions and decision-making is meaningful. Gender inequality – from the household and community roles expected of men and women, to the barriers to women’s education – holds women back from participating and advocating for their rights, interests and concerns to be included in decision-making.
Greater participation by women means more accountable community and government decision-making, more accountable company conduct and reduced risk of corruption – ensuring better results for communities from decisions about approving mining projects.
That is why strategies to combat corruption in the mining sector must support women to overcome the barriers that hinder their participation in decision-making and accountability efforts.
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.
Thanks to Amy Fallon for writing these pieces.