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Abstract

The Canadian extractive company, Greystar (currently known as Eco Oro), provides diverse training and consultancy programs for entrepreneur women, as part of their social responsibility policy. This article reflects on the human talent training experience offered by Greystar in the mining towns of Vetas and California, in Santander, Colombia, from a gender decolonial perspective, and a global understanding of social practices. We followed an interpretive qualitative approach for analyzing data collected from public-dissemination brochures regarding the outreach projects offered by the extractive company, and from semi-structured interviews carried out with the studied population. This article shows how these programs emphasize sexist stereotypes, promote a gender-specific division of labor, ignore the capacities and interests of the local women, and do not generate a positive impact on their socio-economic conditions.

Note on the Author

Social worker, Master of Social Action and Cooperation (MA) and PhD of Social Sciences. Professor at the School of Social Work of Universidad Industrial de Santander. Email: rmendezv@uis.edu.co. PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Amsterdam; Master’s in International Cooperation for Development and Humanitarian Action of the International University of Andalusia. Associate professor of the Industrial University of Santander. Director of the Research Group on Population, Environment and Development. Areas of study: Population, exclusion and development; Gender, body and culture. Last publication: Méndez, Raquel; Villamizar, Juan & Barbosa, Jorge. “Collective actions and agroecology: guidelines of the peasant family economy literature” (2018). Espacios. Vo. 19. p.32-47.

Social worker and active member of the research group on communities, environment and development (G-PAD). Email: andreamejia2122@gmail.com. Social Worker of the Industrial University of Santander. Active member of the Research Group on Population, Environment and Development. Areas of study: Territory, planning and environment; Gender, conflict and peace; Gender, body and culture. Last publication: Anctil, Priscyll; Mejía, Yuly Andrea & Thillman, Rachel, (2018), "Gender and the building up of many ‘peaces’: A decolonial perspective from Colombia" in Gender, Conclict, Peace and UNSC Resolution 1325. United States of America: Lexington books, p.231 – 250.

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