(RISE) Resilient, Inclusive, & Sustainable Environments a challenge to address gender-based violence in the environment

Date:  2020-2022

Country of intervention:  Colombia

Donor: USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development)

Implementors: Alliance for Responsible Mining and MIT D-Lab



Build a safe space for collective action and co-design and improving women miners’ design and advocacy skills, paving the way for women miners to organize themselves in associations, identify specific challenges, and implement an advocacy roadmap to address gender-based violence and environmental degradation in their communities. Empowering women to advocate for recognition of their economic role in the mining value chain will also leverage their ability to organize against other forms of gender discrimination and violence.


Andes, Zaragoza, Nechí and El Bagre in Antioquia, Colombia.


The program combines methodologies created by Harvard University, MIT D-Lab, and ARM. Public Narrative (Harvard) uses personal and collective stories to mobilize groups into action around joint objectives. MIT D-Lab’s Creative Capacity Building (CCB) approach uses co-design to harness local creativity and knowledge to design solutions to identified challenges. Advocacy Capacity Building, an approach used by ARM, empowers miners with advocacy skills to influence changes in governance at local and national levels.

Anticipated results

By the end of the project, the team aims to have supported the creation of two to three women miner associations to be working on socioeconomic gender-based violence and environmental challenges in Bajo Cauca and Andes and to have published a toolkit on movement-building for women engaged in extractive industries.

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