Gender gaps in asset ownership, labor, livelihoods, social norms, legislation and decision-making mean that men and women are affected by extractive industries’ activities in different ways. At the level of international extractives companies, gender gaps are present at technical and executive levels. The challenge of ensuring the benefits from extractive industries are equitable for men and women is multi-dimensional and complex.
The Extractives Global Programmatic Support (EGPS) Multi-Donor Trust Fund seeks to maximize the benefits of extractive industries for all, in the belief that everyone should benefit from extractive industries, including the poorest and most vulnerable. The EGPS has a specific commitment to gender-sensitive programming, whereby the Trust Fund leverages project activities to deliver equal access to employment and income for women. Meanwhile EGPS grants are focused on improving the workplace environment for women and support women’s voice and agency. The Trust Fund also provides resources to develop and update new project preparation materials, increasing gender analysis and responses in lending operations.
In June 2018, The World Bank Group hosted the first global conference on Gender and Oil, Gas and Mining: New Frontiers of Progress, Challenges and Solutions, with more than 150 participants from a range of countries. Please click here to read more about the conference and here to view a video summarizing the event.