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Women in Resource Development
 
 
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Education - policy identification, communication and education
There is ample evidence that women are under-represented in the natural resource sector. As well, there has been considerable research done that describes the factors that hinder women from participating in these industries.

WRDC is committed to addressing the barriers that lie between women and employment in the natural resource industries. This is done through the identification and promotion of policies that will eliminate the barriers, and by educating the public on why these barriers should be overcome. 

Promoting women's access to public education in the province
In order to increase the participation of women in resource-based industries, it is essential that appropriate training be made available. Equally as critical is ensuring that women know training programs exist.

WRDC works to ensure that women are informed about existing programs, and encourages educational institutions to consider the specific needs of women in program design and delivery.

WRDC presents the woman's perspective on the development of natural resources in a unified voice to government, industry, and non-governmental organizations. Specifically, WRDC presents information on the impact of resource development on women and recommends strategies that will increase the involvement of women in resource development projects. Examples of these activities include: presenting at public consultations, meeting with government representatives, and lobbying all levels of government.

Influencing public policy
WRDC presents the woman's perspective on the development of natural resources in a unified voice to government, industry, and non-governmental organizations. Specifically, WRDC presents information on the impact of resource development on women and recommends strategies that will increase the involvement of women in resource development projects. Examples of these activities include:

  • presenting at public consultations,
  • meeting with government representatives, and
  • lobbying all levels of government.

Technical Support in program design, project formulation, and group mentoring
WRDC supports individuals and groups taking an active role in creating change. In particular, WRDC offers its expertise and resources to those developing and implementing strategies that encourage training, recruitment, and retention of women in the resource industries. These activities range from facilitating grassroots support groups for women in these fields, to providing assistance with meeting employment equity requirements.

Strategic gender-based analysis and planning
It is not news that men and women lead different but equally valuable lives. In order to implement strategies that meet the needs of society as a whole, the roles of both women and men must be understood.

WRDC advocates the use of gender-based analysis to assist policy makers in understanding these differences as they pertain to the natural resource and trade/technical industries. The information assists in the development of effective strategies of overcoming the unequal status of women in the workplace.

WRDC provides technical support to industry, government and labour to help develop tools to acquire this information.

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