Breaking Ground: Exploring the Gendered Impact of the Energy Transition on Mining Communities

This side event was jointly organized by the IGF and Women’s Rights and Mining and pursued the question: “what does the energy transition mean for women and marginalized groups in local communities living in proximity to minerals’ extraction that are critical for the energy transition?”. The events aim was to provide a better understanding of the potential opportunities and challenges for women’s economic empowerment and livelihoods, community resilience, and mitigating potential negative impacts on marginalized groups living in proximity to mineral extraction. The main topics which were discussed included feminist development policy in resource governance, impacts of increased demand for minerals on economic empowerment and livelihoods, and mitigation of negative impacts through enablers such as impact assessments, data, and technology. Practical examples were offered from policy to local perspectives.


  • Angela Langenkamp, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, (GIZ)
  • John Jacobs, Global Affairs Canada, (GAC) (video message)
  • Ege Tekinbas, Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development, (IGF)
  • Joanne Lebert, Impact Transform
  • Fatima Vally, Mining Affected Communities United, (MACUA) and Women Affected in Mining United in Action, (WAMUA) Advisory Office, (MWAO) (virtual)


  • Nicolas Maennling, Regional Cooperation for the Sustainable Management of Mineral Resources in the Andean Region Programme (MinSus), GIZ