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Mapping the experiences of Colombian women miners engaged in a movement-building program designed to mitigate gender-based violence

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In June of 2020, the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) and MIT D-Lab launched a project to address gender-based violence (GBV) in the artisanal and small-scale mining sector. This project is supported by the American people through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) RISE Challenge. ARM and D-Lab’s program consists of movement-building workshops that weave together elements of Public Narrative developed by Marshall Ganz out of the Harvard Kennedy School and MIT D-Lab’s Creative Capacity Building (CCB) methodology to enhance voice, agency, and opportunity.

Workshops and exchanges of women miners from five mining communities offer women artisanal miners a safe space to tell individual and common stories related to their day-to-day reality of GBV. Ultimately the workshops provide them with a framework to identify the particular GBV challenges they face along the gold mining supply chain and together build appropriate solutions to those seemingly insurmountable challenges.

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