Gender Dimensions of the extractive sector dialogue

  • Start: October 16, 2017 8:00 am
  • End: October 16, 2017 4:00 pm

Dialogue justification:

  • There is growing recognition that persistent structural gender inequality within the extractive industries continues to undermine women’s rights and the development potential of the sector. Women face systemic discrimination in all phases of an extractive industries project and all along the EI value chain.
  • Entrenched gender bias not only prevents women from engaging with and accessing the economic benefits of extractive industries, but manifests in how companies and governments engage with communities at all stages of project activities. Gender-blind policies and practices in community consultation and decision-making processes give rise to the systematic exclusion of women and a silencing of women’s perspectives, agendas, and interests in relation to EI projects.
  • Nevertheless, the negative impacts of EI projects fall predominantly on women rather than men and are much more significant than generally recognized, including the breakdown of family relations and a significant increase in family tensions and domestic violence associated with the arrival of EI projects in poor communities.
  • It is possible to increase the benefits and reduce the negative impacts for women, thereby improving both the relationship of the EI operation with the surrounding community and the direct and indirect effects of EI operations on women and their families.

It is in this context that a need to have a transparent and efficient GENDER specific policy that responds to gender mainstreaming is essential to avoid the gender tension, existing gaps within the extractive industries in Tanzania.

Dialogue aims

  • This dialogue seeks to assess how stakeholders can expand dialogue and prioritization of gender discussion in the extractive industries in Tanzania with consideration of policy gaps.
  • To highlight the ways in which women are included in this increasingly important sector, in their participation in the sector itself, and in their ability to benefit from the labor they contribute.
  • The dialogue intends not only to identify key issues facing women in the extractive industries, but it providing innovative suggestions to stakeholders to promote gender inclusion in their own activities in the sector.