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Launch date: 11 February 2016
This February 2016, WoMin proudly launches the French version of the summaries of its Participatory Action Research (PAR) carried out by WoMin alliance members in East, West and Southern Africa in the course of 2014. The research reports on instances of small and large scale mining, oil extraction, and steel production in seven different countries. One of the principal findings of this work with affected women and girls is that the impact of extractive industries on land, water and food systems – the communal wealth from which women create livelihoods for families and communities – are so grave that in the long term, the costs of mineral and oil based development seem to outweigh any benefits.
This launch would like to draw particular attention to the PAR carried out in the Francophone countries of Burkina Faso and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Burkina Faso research, undertaken in partnership with Organisation pour le Renforcement des Capacités de Développement (ORCADE), focuses on the extraction of gold and women’s struggle to survive in Kalsaka. This research is being launched in Burkina Faso today. Femme et Justice Economique (FEJE), with support from WoMin, documents the experiences of women and girls of Doko and Durba relocated to Kokiza by the Kibali Gold Mines project in the DRC.
Informed by this participatory research, WoMin presents an ecofeminist analysis of the African Union’s development vision for the 21st century as laid out in the Africa Mining Vision (2009) and the accompanying policy framework, Minerals and Africa’s Development (2011). From an African ecofeminist perspective, the consequences for women, and entire mining affected communities must be considered in any development strategy of the 21st century given mounting inequality, eroded livelihoods and food insecurity, as well as drought and other consequences of climate change largely caused by the extraction, processing, transportation and combustion of fossil fuels and minerals. This synthesis paper launched today in French.
The PAR has involved a collaboration with the following organisations in alphabetical order:
Centre for Natural Resource Governance (CNRG), Centre for the Development of Women and Children (CDWC), Ecumenical Association for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (ECASARD), Femme et Justice Economique (FEJE), Kebetkache Women and Development Resource Centre (KEBETKACHE), National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE), L’Organisation pour le Renforcement des Capacités de Développement (ORCADE), Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance (VEJA), Women and Land Zimbabwe (WLZ) and WoMin – African Gender and Extractives Alliance.
To access the Participatory Action Research (PAR) collection and the synthesis paper in French and English please visit us at www.womin.org.za
The work has been generously supported by: