Mining is promoted as an activity that can help in the fight against poverty. Despite evidence that indigenous women represent the poorest among the poor in the region, so far nobody has studied and provided examples of how they benefit from mining nor its impact on reproducing and reinforcing gender stereotypes. LAMMP is in a position to do so.
It ran from 12:00 AM, 7 December 2009 to 11:59 PM, 11 December 2009
If the benefits of mining are by and large focused on investment and provision of employment, how can indigenous women benefit, especially when their lives and livelihood remain embedded in traditional roles and activities? How do the complex social and economic changes that mining brings to the community affect women already living at the margins of their communities? Responding to the above questions is both a theoretical and practical challenge LAMMP's publication "Women & mining: the need for a gender perspective" grounded on field research led and directed by women living close to a mine project is the first attempt to document from a women's perspective the impact of mining on indigenous women - one of the poorest and most vulnerable groups in Latin America. Using case-studies the publication - in English and Spanish - will document how mining (a) deepens women poverty; (b) increases their vulnerability to conflicts within the community; and (c) reinforces gender stereotypes about indigenous women. It will also examine the complex barriers that women face in their struggle to influence governments and corporations. In order to publish and publicise the result of a one year study carried out among rural and indigenous women from Ecuador and Guatemala, LAMMP needs ¬£25,000 which will be used to (a) hire an experienced researcher to write the report and present findings within the wider context of mining in Latin America; (b) hire a professional to translate the report into Spanish; and (c) print it and publicise the report in public events in the UK, Guatemala and Ecuador.
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