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Cauca-Nariño Regional Workshop: Experiences involving a connection between multiple stakeholders and the artisanal and small-scale mining sector

The Cauca-Nariño Regional Workshop was held on December 4 and 5 in Popayán, Cauca, Colombia, and was attended by more than 50 people, including institutions; artisanal and small-scale miners from Cauca, Nariño, Antioquia, Huila and Boyacá; scholars; civil society organizations such as Foro por Colombia; and members of the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) team.

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The Alliance for Responsible Mining opens a branch in Europe

The Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) foundation opened an association in Europe composed by the 8 members of the board of directors of the foundation. As a result, the “Association Alliance pour une Mine Responsable – Europe” (ARM Europe), based in France, is now a reality.

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First exchange of women miners

From the 13th to the 16th of November the first exchange of women miners of the Boyacá department took place. Here, women were able to share experiences, projects and life lessons about their situation in the artisanal and small-scale mining subsector. Also, on the 13th of November, we received a visit of a delegation of the Embassy of Canada, country that finances the project Proudly Women Miners through the Fund for Local Initiatives.

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Working Towards the Implementation of Gender Equality in the ASM

ARM organised a workshop on the participatory creation of tools and methodologies to encourage gender equality in the ASM sector. Forty-three women took part in the event, amongst which were coal miners, students of the SENA and potters, all members of the project “Orgullosamente Mineras” (Proudly Women Miners).

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OECD Due Diligence Guidance project activities

Delegates from the OECD were in Colombia participating in various activities as part of their commitment to evaluate the current status of the mining system in the country and also to start the OECD project in mining communities in areas affected by conflict and high risk in Colombia.

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New positions in the Board of Directors of the foundation

In September the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Responsible Mining chose Felix Hruschka as its new president and Harbi Guerrero as its vice president. Due to them great work done during several years in the organization, from now on, the two experts will be at the head of ARM.

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What did we get out of Somos Tesoro?

“Before Somos Tesoro arrived, we had a very different life,” says Mercedes Cárdenas, the female leader of the Guantó vereda, in Gámeza, Boyacá. “Each one of us was doing her own thing. Today we are group; we are five women, and we created our community market garden,...

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