Policy forum on women and mining

a mining woman

IDRC / Tommy Trenchard

How can women benefit fully from mining activities?

Event date:
September 28, 2017 to September 29, 2017
Location:
Abidjan,
Ivory Coast

Findings on women and mining will dominate the Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) program policy forum in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Participants will review evidence and discuss options for removing the barriers that prevent women from fully participating in, and benefiting from, extractive industries and economic development in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.

The Forum brings together 150 participants, including high level African policymakers, researchers, and representatives of multilateral, bilateral, private-sector, and civil-society organizations.

GrOW research partners will present findings on how to leverage the economic potential of extractive industries to promote women’s economic empowerment and leadership in the two countries. The Forum’s agenda includes issues such as conflict and community development, women´s vocational training, and transitions from agricultural activity.

The Forum is organized by the Centre Ivorien de Recherches Economiques et Sociales and the International Institute for the Advanced Studies of Cultures. They intend to discuss key policy messages and the formation of a coalition of stakeholders committed to promoting women’s economic empowerment through advocacy, policy dialogues, and innovative business practices.

Women’s greater and more equal participation in the economy is a key issue in Côte d’Ivoire. A July 24 World Bank press release stated that the country could “achieve economic gains of US$6 billion to US$8 billion over time if it could improve gender equality and gradually eliminate discrimination against women.”

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Read about the GrOW project related to this event: Growth in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire: Lessons for Promoting Women's Economic Empowerment