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Women’s rights in natural resource governance in West Africa: Encouraging efforts, timid progress

In 2019, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Standard incorporated a number of requirements making the process more gender sensitive. Three years on, how well have these new requirements been implemented in Burkina Faso, Guinea and Senegal? Have they encouraged more consideration of women’s rights in the natural resource extractive industry? What has changed for women? Such questions were the focus of a study carried out by Publish What You Pay (PWYP) coalitions in these three countries. 

The assessment is mixed: the requirements are having a definite impact on the debate, but there is still little concrete progress.

The report suggests a number of ways to improve the implementation of the Requirements and strengthen the role of the EITI in promoting women’s rights.

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