Focus

Gender-Based Violence

Program

Advocacy, Skills Development

Beneficiaries

Women and girls working in the mining sector in Africa

Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls in the Mining Sector in Africa (EVEFMinAf)

The “Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls in the Mining Sector in Africa (EVEFMinAf)” project aims to address and eradicate gender-based violence (GBV) in the mining sector through comprehensive strategies that include awareness campaigns, training workshops, and surveys. By fostering a safer and more inclusive environment, the project seeks to empower women and girls, influence policy changes, and promote sustainable development within the mining industry across Africa.

Project Partners

AWIMA extends its gratitude to the EVEFMinAf project partners for their support in empowering African women in the mining sector.

ENGAGEMENT & EDUCATION

Key Activities, Outcomes & Impact

  • Workshops, Surveys & Awareness Campaigns
  • Benin, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Togo
The Launch Workshop, Training Workshops, and Awareness Workshops aimed at educating and empowering participants. Additionally, a Capitalisation Workshop was held to share best practices, Surveys were conducted to gather crucial data, and a Project Report documented the findings and progress.

Project Manager: Dr. Atafeinam ABALO

Project Team:

  • Mrs Pascaline OMGBA – Project Coordinator
  • Mr Sylvain KADIKO –  Financial Administrator
  • Mrs Fredos DABOYA – Secretary
  • Mrs Rachel YE – Gender Expert 

Project Duration: 12 Months (August 2023 – June 2024)

The project “Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls in the Mining Sector in Africa” kicked off with a Launch Workshop on August 9, 2023. This initial event set the stage for the project’s comprehensive approach to addressing gender-based violence (GBV) within the mining sector. Following the launch, online surveys were conducted to gather preliminary data, starting in November 2023 and concluding in January 2024. These surveys aimed to identify the prevalence and patterns of GBV, providing a foundation for targeted interventions. In parallel, field surveys were carried out to complement the online data and offer a more in-depth understanding of the local contexts and specific challenges faced by women and girls in the mining industry.

From May 14-15, 2024, Training Workshops were held to empower participants with the knowledge and skills needed to combat GBV. These workshops targeted not only women and girls but also included sessions for men and community leaders to foster a supportive environment. Following these training sessions, a series of Awareness Workshops took place between May 30 and June 7, 2024, in various countries including Benin, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, and Togo. These workshops aimed to educate communities and stakeholders about the impacts of GBV and mobilize collective action. The project culminated in a Capitalisation Workshop, where best practices and lessons learned were shared. The final Project Report, summarising all activities, findings, and recommendations, was completed in June 2024, marking the official end of the project.

The EVEFMinAf project aligns closely with AWIMA’s strategic objective of promoting responsible mining and eliminating child labor and violence against women through its comprehensive activities and strategic focus areas.

Alignment with Responsible Mining and Eliminating Violence Against Women

By conducting surveys and workshops, the project aims to identify and address instances of gender-based violence (GBV) within the mining sector, fostering a safer and more equitable working environment. The training workshops empower women and girls with the knowledge and skills needed to advocate for their rights and protect themselves against violence. Additionally, the awareness campaigns educate communities and stakeholders about the prevalence and impacts of GBV, mobilizing collective efforts to combat such issues. These initiatives not only address violence but also contribute to the broader goal of responsible mining by ensuring that the mining sector upholds high standards of safety and human rights for all workers.

Contribution to Eliminating Child Labor and Promoting Gender Equality

While the primary focus of the project is on eliminating violence against women, its comprehensive approach indirectly supports the elimination of child labor. By promoting gender equality and empowering women, the project helps create a more stable and supportive family environment, which can reduce the economic pressures that often lead to child labor. The project’s emphasis on policy advocacy and community education also fosters a culture of responsibility and ethical practices within the mining sector, encouraging stakeholders to adhere to laws and regulations that protect both women and children. Thus, the project not only addresses immediate issues of violence but also contributes to long-term systemic change in the mining industry.

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Highlights from the EVEFMINAF Project: Empowering women and girls in the mining sector through workshops and awareness campaigns across Africa.

Images in the gallery sourced from the AWIMA LinkedIn Page and the following article in L’Œil d’Afrique: https://loeildafrique.tg/togo-mise-en-oeuvre-du-projet-evefminaf/

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