In the stories that feature here, in this edition of the WoMin newsletter, we find the sustained thread of resistance by women from communities across Africa, who are saying NO to large scale destructive projects – mining, oil extraction, fossil fuels combustion, and renewables. In their resistance, leading women activists expose and denounce the land and water grabs, the violation of indigenous rights, the pollution of water and air, and the resultant ill-health of family and community members. They condemn the corporates for false promises and deeply (and often violently) divided communities. And they expose their governments for their collusion with corporates and their absolute neglect of public responsibility and duty.

They call on their governments to protect indigenous, peasant and customary land rights. They call for respect for their communities’ right to free prior and informed consent and the power to determine development priorities and pathways. And, in their organising and defence of their communities and their territories, they offer hope and vision for the needed development alternatives and lay the path for a different world.


FEATURE In Search of Hope for Maasai women and men
OP-ED Digging our way to Climate Crisis
FEATURE Malagasy Activists Speak Out against Toliara Sands
VOICE & VISIBILITY Fighting for a Different Future in the Niger Delta | Activist Profile – Emem Okon
Highlights Jan – June 2019


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African Women Rising: Organising for Justice & Development Alternatives

In every corner of the continent the stories are similar – government-sanctioned, corporate-driven development agendas that prioritise profit and economic growth at the expense of people, communities, and the environment. As the global climate crisis deepens, African women who are feeling the effects in their daily lives are saying: NO MORE! Women are organising in often adverse and hostile contexts to defend their land, demand the right of consent, and denounce the failure of leaders. They’re also coming together to build local, economic alternatives like micro-renewable energy, and agroecology, and craft strategies and powerful narratives of collective resistance from the roots up.


Women leaders in Bomboré say NO to mining! World Order: WoMin at COP23

South African women VS. Dirty Energy: Women Building Power Climate Camp

Our land is our life: Women of Nwoya stand their ground against Uganda’s big oil

Sowing seeds for a better tomorrow in Fuleni & Somkhele

Highlights January – July 2018


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Revolutionising the System: The Fight for Climate Justice

The call from women on the ground is to build a world where people will not need to live with “clouds of coal dust hanging over their heads.” This quarter’s newsletter speaks to how WoMin is working with communities and organisations at national, regional and international levels to create opportunities to build that world collectively, whether through energy assemblies in Uganda or joining in a thousand-strong march on the streets of Bonn….


Fighting for A Different World Order: WoMin at COP23

Identity, Land & Resistance: building living consent rights for African women

Highlights August – December 2017

Activist Story: The ‘Madness’ of Oil Extraction in Uganda

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