Women suffer disproportionately from the social and environmental effects of extraction, yet are often excluded from decision making processes. They are commonly excluded from consultations, while lack of access to information or security of tenure make them vulnerable to eviction or loss of livelihoods. Seemingly distant decisions such as government tax breaks to attract investment can undermine services most used by women, such as healthcare, sanitation and water supplies.
PWYP members worldwide work to ensure women’s voices are heard, and that they benefit equally from extraction. We campaign for women’s inclusion in decision making, from community to international levels, including through the EITI process, and for women to benefit from extraction equally to men. Along with UN Women, we launched the first ever extractive value chain toolkit, to help activists incorporate gender issues into campaigns for a more responsible extractive sector. Through capacity-building and campaigning, we support countless women activists fighting for transparency to improve the lives of their families and communities.
Impact Story Senegal is increasingly positioning itself as a country with rich natural resources, in light of the significant deposits already being mined – phosphates, gold, zircon and iron – or quarried, alongside recent discoveries of oil and gas. As a result, the government is aiming to make the sector one of the pillars of…Read Download
Impact story: Hadja Aicha Barry and Sayon Bérété - Two women inspiring others with their commitment to the governance of natural resources Like most African nations, Guinea is a country marked by gender inequalities. Life in society is heavily dominated by men, while women generally have less room for manoeuvre in terms of decision-making, both…Read Download
Impact story Burkina Faso’s political and legal framework is conducive to women’s full participation in socio-economic development. The national “Gender” policy, adopted in 2009, is the main point of reference for promoting equal opportunities for men and women. This policy formed the basis for a guide to mainstreaming gender issues in sectoral policies: in practice,…Read Download
It is well documented that extractive projects can have dire gender consequences given that women usually have the most to lose (in terms of loss of land or livelihoods, increase in gender-based violence etc.) and the least to gain from the process of extraction in the communities where they occur and in the country as…Read Download
Publish What You Pay and UN Women are working together to integrate gender perspectives into natural resource governance, so that when we say we want all citizens to benefit from their resources, we really mean all citizens. To this end, we created a value chain that shows how you can approach gender at every step…Read Download