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Minerals to Metals Forum

in collaboration with the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
An interdisciplinary platform for students, researchers, professors alongside mining houses and industry leaders.


Researching the status of African women in mining
- assessing progress and identifying data gaps

Wednesday 2nd September 2020

2:00 PM South Africa time


The webinar will provide:

  • Overview of the women in mining - why a specific look at women in mining- including key themes in gender and mining
  • Discussion - The evidence that is required to track progress in gender equality in mining and how this evidence is being used to influence policy, inclusive participation and empowerment of women.
  • Panelists will also discuss what evidence currently exists; tools that are being used to collect data; what the data gaps are and the challenges of obtaining these data.
  • Responses to the question - has there been progress in gender and mining?

Moderator: Thandazile Moyo, University of Cape Town

  • Esther Harris, Murdoch University, Australia
  • Dr Doris Buss & Blair Rutherford, University of Carleton
  • Vanessa Baudin Sanchez, Development Gateway
  • Hope Kyarisiima, UNDP, Uganda
  • Fundiswa Ndaba, Minerals Council South Africa



AWIMA – About AWIMA, overview of theme and introduce speakers and moderator


Thandazile – webinar overview/structure

2:05 - 2:20

Prof Doris Buss and Prof Blair Rutherford, University of Carleton, Canada (5 mins)

  • outline projects and the methods used - significance of understanding gender and ASM
  • discussion of research gaps and choice of methodologies;
  • importance of mixed methodologies in our projects + methodological reflections;

-        research gaps that are particularly important

Thandazile to ask 1 question to Doris and Blair and then 1 question to Hope that builds on Doris and Blair’s work and segue into Hope’s presentation

Hope Kyarisiima, UNDP, Uganda (5 mins)

  • outline specific projects that are collecting gender and mining data (including the GBV and mining project)
  • outline how they are using data on women in mining to influence their development programs

2:20 – 2:35

Vanessa Sanchez, Development Gateway (5 mins)

  • provide overview of Women in Mining Guinea index
  • process of working in partnership with WIM Guinea to collect the data

Thandazile to ask 1 question to Vanessa and then 1 question to Esther that builds on Vanessa’s work and segue into Esther’s presentation

Esther Harris, Murdoch University, Australia (5 mins)

  • provide overview of process of developing database for WIMOMA
  • lessons learned and sustainability


Fundiswa Ndaba, Minerals Council, South Africa (5 mins)

  • Overview of efforts to collect data on women in mining South Africa
  • How that data is/will influence policy and practise

Thandazile to ask 1 question to Fundiswa


Q & A from audience


Thandazile Moyo 27082020 Thandazile Moyo is a researcher with the Minerals to Metals Initiative at the University of Cape Town. Her research focuses on testing green technology for metal recovery from electronic waste on a small scale, and on mercury alternative technologies for recovering gold in ASM. Thandazile is keen on driving R&D to support small-scale minerals and metals processing industries with suitable technology.
Blair Rutherford 27082020 Blair Rutherford is a professor of Anthropology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He has carried out ethnographic research on the cultural politics of rural livelihoods for over 25 years in sub-Saharan Africa. For the last 6 years he has worked with Canadian and African researchers on research projects examining the gender dynamics of artisanal and small-scale gold mining, through which he has carried out research in Sierra Leone and Mozambique.
Doris Buss 27082020 Doris Buss is a professor of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada with over twenty years experience researching in the areas of international law and human rights, women’s rights, sexual and gender based violence, and transitional justice. Her current research examines gender and resource governance in sub-Saharan Africa with a specific focus on women’s artisanal and small-scale gold mining livelihoods in Kenya, Sierra Leone and Mozambique.
Esther Harris 27082020 Esther Harris has BSc and MSc (Geoscience) degrees from Monash University and 20 years’ experience in the mineral exploration industry and in geoscience research. She spent a decade supporting Australian companies operating in North and West Africa as an exploration consultant, working closely with geological surveys and mining ministries. During this phase of her career, she acquired an interest in how or whether mining contributes to development, particularly in the areas of geoscience knowledge infrastructure and gender in mining. She is currently researching a PhD at Murdoch University in collaboration with the Women in Mining Association of West Africa.
Fundiswa Ndaba 27082020 Fundiswa Ndaba holds a BCom and BCom Honours degree from the University of Cape Town and a MBA from the University of Leipzig, Germany. She has worked in the Transformation sector since 2008 and currently looks after Transformation at the Minerals Council South Africa. She was part of the industry delegation that negotiated the Mining Charter 2018 and continues to engage government, labour unions, NGOs and CBOs on all Transformation related matters. Her passion is Change Management and Policy Development.
Vanessa Baudin Sanchez 27082020 Vanessa Baudin Sanchez is Development Gateway's Regional Manager for West Africa, and oversees DG’s West Africa operations from our hub in Dakar. She has 19 years of experience managing IT projects for partners, and providing advisory services on technical and institutional aspects for a sustainable implementation of DG solutions at country level. Ms. Sanchez has been integral in building DG’s focus on the extractives industries:  she has conducted country feasibility assessments, implemented extractives data collection and analysis systems in Nigeria, and led development of a pilot index for measuring women’s involvement in the EI sector in Guinea. Ms. Sanchez holds a Master's of Science in Telecommunications and Computers, as well as a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering with a Minor in Engineering Management.
Hope Kyarisiima 27082020 Hope Kyarisiima is a development management specialist passionate about how the extractives sector facilitates and impacts development outcomes for resource-rich nations. Hope is keen on harnessing equitable, fair and meaningful benefit from natural resources for host communities. She is passionate about strengthening the capacities of miners especially women to safely and fairly undertake mining activity through training, mentorship and linkage to various technical support providers. Hope is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science and currently Coordinates the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme in Uganda.