IGF-WIMOWA Workshop: Gender and mining governance in West Africa

Enhancing women's voices and participation in West Africa

By Ege Tekinbas on January 15, 2021

The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) received a request from the West African Monetary and Economic Union (UEMOA, in French) for capacity-building support for members of Women in Mining of West Africa (WIMOWA). Specifically, the IGF was called on to promote a better understanding of the important issues related to gender and mining governance and to highlight relevant examples of good practices for members.

The IGF responded first with a training needs assessment survey to map WIMOWA members’ existing capacities, learning needs, and expectations. In turn, the IGF used the survey results to develop a tailored half-day training program that was delivered to mining-sector stakeholders in 13 West African nations on November 26, 2020.