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Advocating for women’s rights in the mining areas of DR Congo

On June 7th, Cordaid co-submitted an Alternative Report on the Impact of Mining activities on Women’s Rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo to the  Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. We did this together with Franciscans International, CAJJ, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and African Resources Watch. The report is part of broader advocacy efforts for women’s rights protection in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

(Luwowo Coltan mine near Rubaya, North Kivu the 18th of March 2014. © MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti)

Women’s rights violations in the mining sector

Based on field research, interviews and literature review, the Report documents some key practices of discrimination and women’s rights violations. These include the lack of women’s participation in decision-making processes in the mining sector, the prohibition of access to artisanal mining activities, poor labor conditions, low incomes and environment pollution with harmful effects on the health of women and children.

The Report also documents cases of deprivation of the right of access to land, forced eviction of women and expropriation of their property without fair and equitable compensation.

Recommendations

Cordaid and its partners recommend :

  • the adoption of a national strategy to protect and secure women’s work  in the mining sector;
  • effective implementation of national legislation and international standards on environmental protection;
  • consultation and participation of women in the decision-making process:
  • compensation for any damage suffered, in particular the implementation of Directive XVIII of the Mining Regulations relating to compensation, displacement and resettlement of communities affected by mining projects in DR Congo.

Women’s rights situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo will be examined by the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women during its coming 73rd Session planned from 1 to 19 of July 2019.

Read the Alternative Report.

Read more about Cordaid’s Security & Justice program. Or about Cordaid’s work in DR Congo.