Why transparency in the extractive industries matters for women

Each year around the world, International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8, with thousands of events occurring not just on this day, but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.

As the world marks this special day ONE spoke to Winnie Ngabiirwe, Chairperson of Publish What You Pay Uganda and Executive Director of Global Rights Alert, on why transparency in the extractives industries will benefit women in Uganda and other countries.

Winnie leads the effort to make sure revenues received for Uganda’s recently discovered oil are not wasted, and are put towards social and economic development programmes.

As Winnie says:

“Once governments disclose how much they are receiving from oil and mining companies it creates a conducive environment for debate in which women’s issues can be put into consideration. And that debate can translate into beneficial investments in sectors like health and education… so if investments of the monies that come from the extractive industry are invested wisely then the status of women will improve.”

Find out more about International Women’s Day and sign our petition to the UK Chancellor, George Osborne, asking him  to support laws that will require oil, gas and other extractive companies to declare exactly how much they are paying foreign governments.