MEfDA's #PledgeForParity Campaign

The #PledgeForParity Campaign demonstrates the Mining and Energy for Development global community’s commitment to achieving gender parity. This was in celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD), March 8, with the theme this year #PledgeForParity.

Achieving gender parity (women’s equal participation in education and the workplace) is a social, economic, cultural and political imperative. A study by McKinsey Global Institute estimates that if women were able to play an identical role in labour markets to men’s, as much as $28 trillion, or 26 percent, could be added to global annual GDP in 2025 however it will take until 2133 for the gender gap to close. A case in point, in mining and quarrying women’s share of employment is only 1%.

The campaign ran through March and April. Alumni and faculty were invited to submit photos with their #PledgeForParity card. One hundred and seven photos were received from 26 countries featuring 150 people with a total of 114 combined pledges. View the photos on Flickr or on M4DLink.

Of the five IWD pledge cards “Help women and girls achieve their ambitions” was the most popular pledge, with 40% selecting this as their pledge followed by 23% who pledged to “value women’s and men’s contribution equally”, and 23% with unique pledges. Of the 26 countries, the country with the most pledges was Ghana (12) followed by Zambia (11), Australia (10) and Nigeria (10).

Pledging is a significant first step in making a difference; that must be followed by action. Examples of practical things women and men as individuals or organisations can do to help achieve gender parity were provided to those that pledged e.g. “to help women and girls achieve their ambitions” - sponsor a woman or “to call for gender balanced leadership” - seek out and openly support female candidates during elections.

MEfDA will be following up with alumni and faculty that pledged to learn about the actions that they are undertaking to fulfil their pledge. MEfDA hopes to share these stories with the #PledgeForParity global community. 

 

Recent spotlights

Launch of Women in Mining and Energy Indonesia

7 March 2019 - 7:54am | Muza Gondwe | Australia

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From Vocational Schools to Womenpreneurs

14 December 2018 - 2:00pm | Muza Gondwe | Australia

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Digging for gold - Guyana Artisanal Mining Symposium

1 August 2018 - 11:42pm | Muza Gondwe | Australia

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Alleviating the impact of acid mine drainage in Indonesia

16 March 2018 - 4:52pm | Muza Gondwe | Australia

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M4DLink Women in Resources Mentoring Program Launch

5 March 2018 - 12:50pm | Muza Gondwe | Australia

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ICSD challenged me to think of the unimagined!

30 October 2017 - 10:26pm | Muza Gondwe | Australia

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Circular economy – using mine waste to improve mining sustainability

13 July 2017 - 2:44pm | Muza Gondwe | Australia

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