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Facilitators & Resource People

WoMin would like to thank the many resource people who put energy, effort and time as well as analysis, thinking and experience into co-building the feminist school. A core facilitation team of Jasmin Nordien (Netherlands & South Africa), Nomzamo Mji (South Africa) and Donna Andrews (South Africa) held the process. Key resource people contributed inputs on critical concepts and theories, including Akua Opokua (Ghana) who helped the group “locate extractives historically and as a mode of opens in a new windowcapitalist production” and also addressed the question of “Colonial Legacies & Ecological Debt”; Lyn Ossome (Uganda) who presented a “Feminist Analysis of Social Reproduction”; Samantha Hargreaves who shared on “ opens in a new windowExtractivism in the dominant development model and ecological crisis””; and Pascale Hatcher (Canada) who paged in via Skype to deliver a session on “Multilateral institutions in influencing opens in a new windowmining governance and the neoliberal norms in opens in a new windowmining.” Patricia Blankson Akakpo of NETRIGHT sharing the journey of the organisation since its founding in 1999. She was joined by members of the NETRIGHT Board.

WoMin’s Mela Chiponda (Zimbabwe) led a discussion around the African opens in a new windowMining Vision (AMV), interrogating whether the vision speaks for/to women or not. Together, the group grappled with the AMV’s text, which promotes extractives as the road to development for African countries. In addition, two activist sisters, Lebogang Ngobeni and Gisela Feliciano Zungeze offered a key input on their experiences of the People’s Tribunal (Swaziland, 2016) and how their communities in South Africa and Mozambique respectively used that space to self-empower, share their story and build connections and alliances with grassroots activists from across the continent.

To further bolster the collective analytical process and expand the conversations, participants were each assigned a set of daily background reading, and invited to watch several documentary films highlighting struggles against opens in a new windowextractivism across the continent, including The Shore Break (Ryley Grunenwald, 2014) which tells the story of the longstanding Amadiba struggle against titanium opens in a new windowmining in South Africa. Participants also had opportunities to facilitate by leading recap sessions each morning and sharing powerful herstories, strategies and experiences from their own contexts and struggles for justice.

We provide links to the resources shared at the school – including presentations and additional background reading prepared and selected by resource people above as well as friends and allies – organised by thematic area. This section will continue to grow as new resources are added.