WoMin News

Exploitation de l'or au Burkina et Lutte des femmes pour La Survie communiqué de presse

WoMin-l’Alliance Genre et Industries Extractives, un projet international axé sur les questions liées aux impacts de l’extraction des ressources naturelles sur les femmes, en collaboration avec ORCADE, l’Organisation pour le Renforcement des Capacités de Développement, lance avec fierté le Project d’Action Recherche Participative (PAR) ce jeudi 11 février à 9h à l’hôtel Relax de Ouagadougou, en présence de Mr. Jonas Hien, Directeur Exécutif d’ORCADE et des membres de la communauté de Kalsaka. La recherche action participative effectuée à Kalsaka a pour but de connaitre l’incidence de l’exploitation minière qu’elle soit artisanale ou industrielle sur les conditions de vie de femmes. Ce projet s’étendra bientôt sur d’autres sites d’exploitation minière artisanaux et industriels afin d’élaborer un document inédit sur les femmes et l’exploitation minière au Burkina Faso. Click here to read more

Gold Extraction and Women's Struggle for Survival in Burkina Faso Press Release

The Kalsaka Participatory Action Research (PAR) project, led by ORCADE with the technical and financial support of Womin, is part of Womin’s strategic objective to understand the long term and gendered impacts of the extractives industries. On Thursday 11 February at 9am at the Hotel Relax of Ouagadougou, Mr. Jonas Hien, (ORCADE’s Executive Director) and members of the Kalsaka community will present the PAR report, which analyzes the specific ways in which the mining industry, both industrial and artisanal, impacts women’s living conditions. Kalsaka, home to one of the country’s largest industrial exploitation sites, is the first research location in a project that will include many more exploitation and extractive sites in Burkina Faso. The aim is to develop a unique national document, as the question of women within small and large-scale mining projects hasn’t been developed as such before. Click here to read more

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WoMin is recruiting a campaigner to lead the building of an African women-led women’s rights grassroots driven campaign addressing fossil fuels, energy and climate justice. We are looking for:

  • A woman activist, with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in one, or preferably a combination, of the following content areas: extractives (ideally fossil fuels), energy, climate and gender justice

  • Proven track record of building campaign platforms, networks or collaborative projects involving multiple partners/allies on complex civil society or political terrains, preferably in the Africa region

  • An organiser with a deep commitment to and history of support to organising and movement-building

  • A women’s rights activist with a proven history of concrete work to advance women’s rights

  • A minimum two to three-year track record of fundraising and donor management

  • A team player who meets deadlines, is able to problem-solve with others, is open to learning and is able to work with full accountability to campaign structures and the WoMin Director.

We are highly committed to recruiting a black African woman with origins in Southern, East or West Africa. The candidate must be fluent in written and spoken English, and the same fluency in either French or Portuguese would be desirable, but is not a requirement. The post is located in a dynamic and growing secretariat in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Interested candidates may submit a CV, letter of motivation and contacts for three referees to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 21 February 2016. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Click here to read more

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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 at COP 21: an information note

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WoMin-African Gender and Extractives Alliance in collaboration with Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance (VEJA) proudly launches its new research on the impacts of workplace diseases on wives of factory workers in the Vaal Triangle. Some 15 years after their husbands fell ill and were retrenched by Samancor and ISCOR, women are still struggling today to collect provident funds, healthcare and other benefits from their husbands' former employers. Click here to read more

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WoMin regional exchange and strategy meeting 28 September - 2 October 2015

WoMin partnered with four Nigerian partners, led by Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Centre, to convene a one-week strategy meeting in the Niger Delta, Nigeria on the inter-linked themes of fossil fuels, energy, food and climate justice at the end of September 2015. The meeting involved 70 leading grassroots women activists from Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Uganda and the DRC. The meeting offered a space for activists and organisers to exchange experiences, deepen political analysis and strengthen strategy, clarify our vision of a just development agenda, and also provided an opportunity to discuss and agree a long-term women-led regional campaign on energy, food and climate justice. Click here to read more

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Thursday 15 October 2015, World Rural Women’s Day

WoMin launches Participatory Action Research (PAR) implemented in 2014 with women impacted by extractives activities in seven countries on the occasion of World Rural Women’s Day, 2015. The results of the research have been read against the Africa Mining Vision which has substantively missed the voices of women. WoMin’s analytical paper The Africa Mining Vision: A Long Overdue Eco-Feminist Perspective demonstrates that mineral and oil-based development leads to the misuse of important resources typically undervalued and hence unaccounted for in policy making, including community wealth, food production systems and female labour. Click here to read more

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WoMin-African Gender and Extractives Alliance in collaboration with National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) proudly launches its Participatory Action Research (PAR) on women miners from Katwe Salt Lake, Western Uganda. The PAR is part of seven community based studies of women and mineral/oil-based development carried out by WoMin alliance members in Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The launch also coincides with World Food Day and International Rural Women’s Day happening on 16 October 2015 and falls squarely within WoMin’s regional work focusing on working class and peasant women in the extractive industries. Click here to read more

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Photo acknowledgement: Heidi Augestad

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About WoMin

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.