VAAL COMMUNITIES SEEK ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE PRESS RELEASE
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
AFRICAN WOMEN UNITING FOR ENERGY, FOOD AND CLIMATE JUSTICE!
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
LAUNCH OF WOMIN ANALYTICAL PAPER AND PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH IN SEVEN COUNTRIES
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
UGANDAN WOMEN MOBILISING FOR CHANGE PRESS RELEASE
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
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.