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Canada is a leading player in mining exploration and development both domestically, in communities across Canada, and internationally, with mining operations around the world. The Canadian Government has expressed a commitment to corporate social responsibility and sustainable development in international extractive operations.

This Workshop aimed to begin a conversation between academics and civil society working on the rights of women and girls and the extractive sector. The objective was to build an enriched understanding amongst attendees and bridge gaps between the work of organizations interacting directly with affected women and communities and the work of academics who research international national standards governing states and corporations in these contexts.



Introductions and Welcome

  • Sara Seck, Western Law

11:15-12:30 Women and Mining in Peacetime

  • Catherine Coumans, MiningWatch (in-person)
  • Rachel Warden, Kairos (In-person)
  • Karen Drake, Lakehead U, Bora Laskin Faculty of Law (in-person)
  • Mona Paré, Faculty of Law, Civil Law, U Ottawa, and Interdisciplinary Research Centre on the Rights of the Child (via Skype)
  • Areli Valencia, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru – PUCP, U Ottawa Human Rights Research Education Centre (via Skype)
  • Tracy Glynn, University of New Brunswick (via Skype)

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:45 Women and Mining in Conflict-Affected Areas

  • Valerie Oosterveld, Western Law (in-person)
  • Penelope Simons, Faculty of Law, Common Law, U Ottawa (in-person)
  • Audrey Macklin, Faculty of Law, UToronto (via Skype)
  • Fanny Leveau Women’s Initiatives (in- person)
  • Kirsten Stefanik, Western Law (in-person)

2:45-3:30 Wrap-up & Moving Forward

Further discussion

  • Reflections from invited observers
  • See Women of Courage Program
  • See Women’s Initiative for Gender Justice