Press Releases


WoMin alliance launches crowdfunding campaign for Pan African film on women's resistance to mining & destructive extractives industries

The recent landmark silicosis ruling allowing class actions against South African gold mining companies and the Standing Rock Sioux people’s protests fighting for indigenous rights and opposing the 1,200-mile Dakota Access Pipeline are just two examples of how the extractives industry and its social, health and environmental impacts are prominent issues on the African and global terrain. Click here to read more


Beyond Extractives: Strengthening African Feminist Development Alternatives Meeting

25 to 27 October 2016

WoMin and Urgent Action Fund-Africa are excited to convene a dialogue of more than 50 women from non-governmental organisations, academia, and some movements from across Africa and around the world on the theme ‘Beyond Extractives: Strengthening African Feminist Development Alternatives’. This is an important space for learning, exchange and debate on the political, conceptual and practical dimensions of African feminist development alternatives to a dominant model of development that is violent, dispossesses people (and women specifically) of their land and livelihoods, and destroys eco-systems and ultimately the planet. Click here to read more


WoMin proudly launches the Women Building Power research and information booklets for women’s rights activists

Wednesday 26 October 2016

WoMin, a women-led regional alliance fighting destructive natural resource extraction and proposing a just development agenda for African women, is pleased to officially launch Women Building Power.

Women Building Power is a cutting-edge and developing collection of research, information materials, and tools which form the knowledge hub of an emerging African women-led grassroots driven campaign on Fossil Fuels, Energy and Climate Justice. Women Building Power resources will support grassroots organising, strategy development, and advocacy at all levels. 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 | French



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



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 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



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