Dar es Salaam, 20 April 2015 (ECA) - Experts will gather in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 5-7 May 2015 to review research undertaken on women in artisanal and small-scale mining in Africa. The study has been undertaken by the Economic Commission for Africa’s African Centre for Gender (ACG) in collaboration with the African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC) and UN Women ESARO mining in Ghana, Guinea, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Zambia. The overall objective of this project is to contribute to the strengthening of gender dimensions in the mining sector in order to advance the economic empowerment of women through the creation of decent jobs for African women in mining, resulting in broad-based, inclusive and sustainable economic growth for the continent.
The study is compiled in the form of a Compendium, which portrays good practices in the economic empowerment of women in artisanal and small-scale mining in Africa; as well as a Gender and Mining in Africa report. The experts will review the two reports; provide their insights so as to enrich and validate them.
Discussions will focus on the findings of the country studies that inform the two reports and the subsequent policy implications and also look at the policy measures and actions needed to address the gender dimensions of artisanal and small-scale mining in Africa. Participants will also reflect on strategies for undertaking national-level feedback workshops in the five countries with relevant sectoral ministries. Stake holders will look at the policy recommendations, the implementation of the resulting action plan and define monitoring and evaluation mechanisms at the national level.
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