sharing in governance of extractive industries
I've started a fortnightly (ish) update of some of the most recent news about women, gender issues and the extractive sector. You can read the original post - with GIPHs and images - on my website: ampowell.net . Because of women's important role as environmental activists, I include in this update news from both those who see the current model of extraction as destructive, and those that seek to make improvements within the existing model.
Goldman environmental prize winners announced
The Goldman environmental prize, which honours grassroots activists, has announced its 2018 winners. For the first time, the list is dominated by women activists, who won five of the six prizes (one for each inhabited continent). Winners include Afro-Colombian activist Francia Márquez, who successfully led the women of La Toma in a campaign to end illegal mining on their ancestral land. As part of this, she spearheaded a ten-day march of 80 women to Bogota where they protested in the streets for 22 days, before the government agreed to support the dismantling of illegal mining in La Toma.
The other recipients were:
In Thailand, a group of women facing more than five years in jail for their environmental activism saw charges against them dropped. The activists, all members of a community-based environmental group, had been charged for their involvement in a peaceful protest aimed at preventing the activities of a gold mining company. This is welcome news in a country where civic space has been shrinking since the military coup of 2014, with the junta passing laws restricting freedom of expression and assembly. (Charges against Thai activists dismissed, mining protest to go on, Rina Chandran; Thailand: Dismiss Charges Against Seven Women Environmental Defenders, Fortify Rights Thailand, Civicus Monitor).
Expomin, Latin America’s biggest mining fair, neatly encapsulated the rhetoric/action divide when it opened with a “women and mining” panel… while at the entrance of the hall, promoters handed out coupons offering free drinks at local strip clubs. Bloomberg News
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