African Women's Resistance & the Search for Just Alternatives ( JUne 2019)

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. Read more


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.

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