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Leveraging technology for women miners – how digital platforms break supply chain barriers

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Wednesday, March 15, 2023
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDT
Virtual Event
Leveraging technology for women miners – how digital platforms break supply chain barriers

On the occasion of the sixty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women, please join the World Bank and the Responsible Jewelry Transformative (RJT) for an engaging presentation and conversation with:

Moderator: Kate Jinghua Zhou, Research Analyst, World Bank


Susan Wheeler | Founder, Responsible Jewelry Transformative
Chiko Manda
| Ambassador, Virtu Gem Malawi
Carol Muchira
| Ambassador, Virtu Gem Kenya
Pauline Mundia
| Ambassador, Virtu Gem Zambia
Patients Singo
| Consultant of mining assurance, Virtu Gem




Women who work in gemstone mining and trade are at risk of many forms of exploitation including labor exploitation, discrimination, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), and they struggle to gain (1) paying positions in gemstone trade, (2) equal pay for their work, and (3) a fair price for the gemstones that they sell. Virtu Gem—with funding from the World Bank’s Extractives Global Programmatic Support Trust Fund in response to the COVID-19 pandemic— leveraged innovative use of technology to build a gender inclusive infrastructure and open markets directly from mining communities in Kenya, Malawi and Zambia to jewelers internationally.

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