‘We want new songs’ – building a movement to dismantle corporate power
“We’re going to celebrate the fight-back, celebrate the resistance that is part of what this [Southern African] region is beginning to wake up to,” one comrade declares in the opening moments of the very first Permanent People’s Tribunal on African soil. The ‘resistance’ she speaks of is evident in the room – from the vibrant banners strewn across every inch of wall space proclaiming ownership of land and resources; reclaiming the struggles against corporate impunity and the violence it engenders; to the hundreds of people crammed into the room. We’re packed wall-to-wall, stomping our feet so hard the floorboards cough up dust and singing in unison (songs in Zulu, Shona, Portuguese, Xhosa, and occasionally a smattering of English), loud enough that the windows shake. Click here to read more
Women Water Assembly
Our Lives Matter: Women Fighting for Water in Somkhele & Fuleni
“We have been reduced to animals now. Our lives do not matter, that is why no one cares about our suffering over water,” says Mrs Nkhosi from Somkhele. “The water taps are mere decorations now, nothing ever comes out.” On August 12, women representing the communities of Somkhele and Fuleni gathered at a Women’s Water Assembly in Embonambi Kwa Zulu Natal. The Water Assembly was a critical moment for women to reflect on a participatory action research process on women’s experiences of water scarcity in both communities. Women activists also shared findings from the research with key stakeholders, including representatives from the local municipality and WoMin allies – Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), Earthlore, and the Global Environmental Trust (GET), and developed a set of clear demands to inform their strategies going forward. Click here to read more
WoMin fossil fuels campaign newsletter - April Issue 1
WoMin-JASS Women's Movement Building School
Today is the exciting start of our 10-day women’s rights activist formation and movement building school in Johannesburg. WoMin in partnership with our sister organisation, Just Associates (JASS) leads the WoMin-JASS Women's Movement Building School.
The #WMBS brings together 34 participants from seven African countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso and Ghana.
Throughout the course of the #WMBS we will be examining various themes including African women’s rights, women-led campaign on fossil fuels, energy and climate justice as well as addressing the question of consent and women’s rights, and extractivism, militarisation and violence against women.
For more information & regular updates please follow us on: Twitter @WoMin2015 and our Facebook group - WoMin-African women unite against destructive resource extraction.
AN AFRICAN ECOFEMINIST PERSPECTIVE ON THE PARIS CLIMATE NEGOTIATIONS
The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has failed African women and their communities before it starts! In Paris, voluntary pledges (the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions or INDCs) by the big polluting countries’ leaders will, at the time of writing, raise world temperatures by a conservatively-estimated 3ºC. It is an untenable outcome for Africa, which will experience average increases of more than 6ºC in this scenario. Given the non-binding nature of the deal, violations are likely, so Africa and its peoples will cook, and tens of millions of Africans will die in the next third century, before 2050. Christian Aid estimates that 180-million African deaths will be attributable to climate change-related disease by 2100. Click here to read more: English / French
WoMin, launched in October 2013, is an African gender and extractives alliance, which works alongside national and regional movements and popular organisations of women, mining-impacted communities and peasants, and in partnership with other sympathetic organisations, to:
Research and publicise the impacts of extractives on peasant and working-class women
Support women’s organising, movement-building and solidarity
Advocate and campaign for reforms that go beyond short-term reformism to contribute towards the longer-term structural changes that are needed
Advance, in alliance with numerous others, an African post-extractivist eco-just women-centred alternative to this dominant destructive model of development.