African Women Unite Against Destructive Resource Extraction
WoMin is a regional project established in 2013 that focuses on issues related to women, gender and extractivism. Supported by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and others, the project provides a platform of solidarity and co-operation involving civil society organisations and movements working on or with an interest in extractivism and women's rights in Africa.
The project aims to build knowledge and awareness, support community organising, and campaign against corporations that violate women's human rights. The project advocates for the reform of national, sub-regional and regional law, policy and systems to protect communities and women, in particular, from the destructive impacts of extractives. Based on the belief that the current extractivist development model is damaging to women, their communities, eco-systems and the planet, its long-term goal is to imagine, cultivate and campaign with progressive friends and allies for alternatives to destructive extractivism.
A collection of WoMin research papers that explores a wide range of themes and questions relating to the impact of extractivism on the land, livelihoods and bodies of African peasant and working-class women and the exploitation of their cheap paid and invisible unpaid labours by corporates, and the elite interests attached to them can be found here.
The papers aim to inform and deepen understanding amongst civil society organisations, governments and multilateral institutions, and most importantly to support the efforts of affected women to collectively imagine and struggle for a different future.