Professor Penelope Simons and her colleagues Sara Seck of Dalhousie University, and Areli Valencia and Jose Carlos Orihuela of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru have been awarded a grant for a project entitled “Closing the Gender Equality Gap in the Extractive Sector: The Role of Institutional and Normative Frameworks in Canada and Peru”.
The sustainable exploitation of natural resources both within Canada and internationally requires strong governance and regulatory systems that ensure rights-respecting benefits for all members of resource-based communities. A large body of literature has consistently demonstrated that women and girls tend to suffer the greatest disadvantages and harm from natural resource extraction. This project will critically assess the role of Canada’s institutional and normative frameworks in closing the gender equality gap in the extractive sector, both domestically and internationally.
The grant comes from a joint initiative of The Consortium of Economic and Social Research (CIES) of Peru and Global Affairs Canada, which seeks to promote research exchange between Peruvian and Canadian researchers. Click here to learn more about this initiative.
Professor Simons’ research is dedicated to exposing and addressing transnational corporate complicity in human rights abuses. She advocates for access to justice for victims of corporate-related human rights abuses, and has developed proposals for law reform and innovation both at the domestic and international levels. She is a member of the University of Ottawa’s Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC), and served as its Acting Director in 2013-2014.
Congratulations to Professor Simons and her collaborators!