Business And Philanthropy As An Instrument Of Change


26th October - Senate House (London)

In recent years, there has been growing awareness of the environmental, social and human impacts of worldwide extractivism on the lives and rights of rural and indigenous peoples. Yet, the specific impacts on women from these communities remain largely unaddressed.

In the run-up to the UN Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights, and drawing on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP), Beyond Good Business will explore the big-picture and the day-to-day challenges faced by women impacted by the extraction of natural resources worldwide, offer concrete solutions that seek to fully integrate women’s rights into the implementation of the UNGP, to support women in accessing remedy from adverse human rights impacts, and to promote women’s rights and empowerment.


9.00-9.30: Registration

9.30-10.30: Welcome and Keynote from Ms. Suzanne Spears, Counsel at public international law firm Volterra Fietta

10.30-11.45: Panel 1 - Global challenges and issues affecting rural and indigenous women in communities impacted by natural resource extraction

- Melania Chiponda, Projects Coordinator Chiadzwa Community Development Trust:
Mining, land grabs and compensation: challenges for rural women in Zimbabwe

- Esperanza Salazar, Coordinator at Bios Iguana:
A climate of violence: experiences from a woman human rights defender in a mine community in Mexico

- Jane Lingbawan Yap-Eo, Executive Director Centre for Development Programs in the Cordillera:
Impacts of mining on the lives and rights of indigenous women in the Philippines

- Chair: Ainhoa Montoya, PhD, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London

11.45-12.00: Coffee break

12.00-13.15: Panel 2 - Exploring strategies to prevent and mitigate negative impacts on women's rights in the context of natural resource extraction

- Yolanda Oquelí, Woman Human Rights Defender, Guatemala:
Demanding consent: Women's perspectives on company's engagement with communities in Guatemala

- Nancy Lipson, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Newmont Mining Corporation:
Analysis of the gender dimension of social and human rights impact assessments and specific business activities targeted at women

- Sarah Rinaldi, Deputy Head of Unit on Governance, Democracy, Gender and Human Rights at the European Commission:
Protecting women human rights defenders impacted by the extractive industry: The EU's role in promoting and strengthening Democracy (tbc)

- Chair: Dr. Julian Burger, School of Advanced Studies, University of London

13.15-14.15 - Lunch break

14.15-15.30: Panel 3 - Accessing remedy and demanding justice: a gendered-perspective

- Rumana Hashem, Founder and Coordinator of Phulbari Solidarity Group:
Women's contribution to resistance and demands for remedy and accountability

- Ume Wainetti, National Convenor for the Family and Sexual Violence Commitee (FSVAC) in Papua New Guinea:
Sexual violence and remedy: implementation of the "Olgeta Meri Igat Raits" ("All women have rights") Remedy Framework, remediation to women at the Porgera Mine in Papua New Guinea.

- Monica Fería Tinta, Barrister at 20 Essex Street Chambers:
Making a case for women's rights in the context of natural resource extraction: Emerging challenges for litigations

- Chair: Ingrid Gubbay, Hausfeld

15.30-15.45: Coffee break

15.40 -16.30: Closing remarks by Dr, Katy Jenkins, Co-Director of the Centre of International Development, University of Northumbria

16.30-17.30: Drink Reception


Taiwan Foundation for Democracy
The Foundation was established with an inter-related, two-tracked mission in mind. internationally, the Foundation hopes to become a strong link in the world democratic network, joining forces with related organizations around the world.
The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights
European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights has a broad scope of action. Its aim is to provide support for the promotion of democracy and human rights in non-EU countries.
Institute of Latin American Studies
Founded in 1965, the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) forms part of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study housed in Senate House, London. Between 2004 and 2013 it formed part of the Institute for the Study of the Americas.


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