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Nature

Ecofeminism draws the links between the exploitation of nature / natural resources and the systems of patriarchy and capitalism. The negative costs of the dominant development model include environmental devastation, air, water, soil and noise pollution, and poor health, and it is women who are often hit hardest. When land is taken it is women, the primary subsistence producers who are ignored and not compensated for their unrecognized informal land rights. When water is polluted women walk further and longer, in often dangerous areas, in search of clean drinking water for their families. Women and their communities are rising up to defend their territories, lives and livelihoods.

African woman farmer tilling her fields

Community activist and farmer, Betti Kusemererwa sifting a recent harvest, Rwamutonga, Uganda. Source: Unknown, Stock image Credit: WoMin African Alliance.

Kilengo Village

Community workshop in Kilengo Village where communities have been organising against the Grand Inga Dam Project, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Credit: WoMin African Alliance.

African agriculture.

Source unknown, Stock image: agriculture-2229_1920

Kaiso Tonya at Lake Albert

Kaiso Tonya at Lake Albert, Uganda where women sell the fish to earn money for their families. The oil industry is a threat to their livelihoods and lives. Source unknown. Credit: WoMin African Alliance.

Lucy Ongera

Community Group Leader in her community which has been resisting oil companies for some time, pictured with women in her family, Rwamutonga, Uganda Credit: WoMin African Alliance.

Women farmers

Women farmers working the rice field, Madagascar. Credit: CRAAD-OI.
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Women

In the face of a growing climate crisis, and the devastation, ill health and social upheaval associated with extractivism – African women resist and strategize, working through community-led collectives and organisations to raise their voices, defend their right to livelihoods and life, and realize a different future for themselves, their communities and the planet.

Women activists

Women activists who participated in the making of WoMin’s film, ‘Women Hold up the Sky’ in which they shared their stories of powerful organising and resistance at the official Uganda film premiere. Credit: NAPE-Uganda, 2019.

WoMin Coal Exchange

Activists take notes at a WoMin Coal Exchange in South Africa. Credit: Lebogang Tlhako.

Kilengo Village

Community workshop in Kilengo Village where communities have been organising against the Grand Inga Dam Project, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Credit: WoMin African Alliance.

Activists at Somkhele-Fuleni

Women activists at Somkhele-Fuleni, KZN, RSA walk up a hill overlooking their community. These communities have been fighting against the encroachment of a coal mine for many years. Credit: WoMin African Alliance, 2018.

WoMin International Rivers

Women activists attending a WoMin-International Rivers ecofeminist training workshop listen attentively to the presentation. Credit: International Rivers, 2018.