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.
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.