Open Society Foundation in West Africa (OSIWA)| Guinea
Since 2019, DG has been partnering with Women In Mining (WIM) Guinea in the innovative design and development of a pilot for the first-of-its-kind Women's Index for the Extractive Sector: the WIM Africa Index.
While working to connect and support women working in mining, President of WIM Guinea Ms. Zeinab Camara came up with a new idea – to develop an Index to effectively measure women’s inclusion in the mining sector in Guinea, assess their working conditions, and measure their exposure to the dangers associated with the mining industry. With support from OSIWA, our partnership with WIM Guinea targets three mineral-rich Guinean communes: Boké, Siguiri, and Kérouané. We are especially interested in measuring data on topics of:
The role of government in promoting gender equity;
Mining companies’ and civil society’s roles in addressing gender issues;
Social roles and empowerment of women living in mining communities; and
The impact of mining activities on maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH).
Down the road, we envision this pilot leading to the full development of the WIM Africa Index, for Guinea and the rest of the region – a scaled-up tool that will include more countries and additional indicators.
The WIM Africa Index will provide stakeholders with a useful advocacy tool to help them better address women's issues in the extractives industry in Africa, ensuring that natural resources actually serve to benefit women’s interests, and encouraging extractives policy that is inclusive of women's rights.