Gendering Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives: The Kimberley Process against conflict diamonds and beyond

Portraits of the four panelists and the moderator of the session at the European Development Days 2018

25.06.2018 |

She empowers – We are stronger

The #SheisWe campaign, which promotes the positive role of women in development, is the 2018 official campaign organized by the European Commission. The campaign is part of the yearly held European Development Days (EDD), Europe`s leading forum on international co-operation and development. This year`s twelfth edition of the EDDs was dedicated to gender equality and womens empowerment.

To underline the importance of a safer, more inclusive and open world for women, the Sector Program Extractives for Development (X4D), together with the European Commission Service for Foreign Policy Instruments organized a Lab Debate on the first day of the EDDs to discuss how multi-stakeholder partnerships like the Kimberley Process (KP) can further mainstream gender into their work and governance structures. We discussed obstacles in gender mainstreaming in multi-stakeholder initiatives and how to overcome them with the following experts:

  • Marie-Chantal Kaninda, Executive Director, World Diamond Council
  • Sabin Jiekak, Deputy Chief of Party, Property Rights and Diamond Development project (PRADD II), a USAID-UE join founding KP support project in Côte d`Ivoire
  • Victoria Gronwald, research consultant on gender in the KP, Levin Sources
  • Joachim Göske, Director of GIZs Governance & Global Policy Division

The Kimberley Process is a voluntary agreement by a coalition of governments, civil society and the diamond industry to remove conflict diamonds from the global supply chain. Conflict diamonds, also known as ‘blood diamonds’, are rough diamonds used by rebel movements or their allies to finance armed conflicts aimed at undermining legitimate governments. To this date, gender does not play a prominent role in the KP. The EDD panel identified several entry points for mainstreaming gender into the KP, such as adapting the definition of ‘conflict diamonds’ to include sexual violence against women and children. Further, speakers and audience highlighted the importance of capacity development, mainstreaming gender into strategies from early stage and good gender indicators. 

The insights generated in the EDD session feed into a study on gender mainstreaming in the Kimberley Process that is implemented by Levin Sources and funded by BMZ/GIZ.

For further information please contact Lisa Stellner

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