Finding Solutions for a World in Crisis WoMin Newsletter 2 (2017 | March-April)
The world is in deep crisis. The earth’s systems are on the edge of collapse, and the survival of the majority of the world’s people threatened by resource grabs, ecosystem failure, wars, and climate change. The roots of this manifold crisis lie deep in a political-economic-social system, which is driven by profit, which supports overconsumption by some and underconsumption by too many, which has for centuries dispossessed peoples of their land and waters and forests, and which uses violence to create and sustain itself. The costs of this system are carried by working class, peasant and indigenous women in the global South. Yet it is in the heritage, living practices and ‘development’ hopes of these same communities, the world’s majority, that the alternatives, which the planet and humanity so desperately need, live. The policy tinkering and technical fixes by development organisations in the last decades have ultimately served to reinforce the system and helped to extend its longevity. Now is the time for bold actions and brave solutions, of genuine solidarity, and ultimately the expression of a love for humanity and our beautiful planet. Read more...
Women Building Power: No Longer a life Worth Living Report
Mining-impacted women from the towns of Somkhele and Fuleni are proud to share a report, No Longer a Life Worth Living on Tuesday 28 March 2017. This report, a part of Women Building Power, is a product of eight months (April – November 2016) of participatory action research (PAR) conducted by women in their communities to identify the issues that women and their families face in relation to water provision in the area and the impacts of Tendele Mine’s activities on water access. A research team of ten women activists (five from each community) led the PAR project. Their work identified several problems their communities are facing related to the mine’s water grabs, the drought and accompanying water scarcity as well as water pollution in the area. The research also addresses the outright failure of the municipality and the national Department of Water Affairs to regulate water licensing, and meet constitutional, legal and policy commitments concerning the water rights of all citizens. Read more...
WoMin alliance launches crowdfunding campaign for Pan African film on women's resistance to mining & destructive extractives industries
The recent landmark silicosis ruling allowing class actions against South African gold mining companies and the Standing Rock Sioux people’s protests fighting for indigenous rights and opposing the 1,200-mile Dakota Access Pipeline are just two examples of how the extractives industry and its social, health and environmental impacts are prominent issues on the African and global terrain.
Watch the trailer here: http://tinyurl.com/wominfilm | Hashtag: #NoGoodMinesFilm #WoMinFilm
WoMin Presents: Women Building Power Knowledge Hub
WoMin is excited to present Women Building Power, a cutting-edge and developing collection of research, information materials, and tools which forms the knowledge hub of an emerging African women-led grassroots driven campaign on Fossil Fuels, Energy and Climate Justice. The campaign aims to build a women’s movement to make deep change in the way energy is produced and distributed in our countries and in Africa more widely. Women Building Power resources will support grassroots organising, strategy development, and advocacy at all levels.
Learn more about Women Building Power here.
‘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
Women Building Power
Check out Women Building Power, a cutting-edge and developing collection of research, information materials, and tools which forms the knowledge hub of an emerging African women-led grassroots driven campaign on Fossil Fuels, Energy and Climate Justice. Click here to read more.
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.