Around the world, communities impacted by extractive industries—mining, drilling, logging—face multiple and intersecting forms of violence. That violence is gendered in its operation and in whom it benefits and harms. Building Power In Crisis explores the breadth of structural violence created or reinforced by extractivism, from political violence against women environmental defenders to economic violence that threatens women’s livelihoods. Centering the experiences of women and girls in frontline communities, the report lifts up their strategies to resist extractive development and lead with bold and sustainable alternatives.
Based on nearly 100 interviews with women leaders and their allies in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, Building Power In Crisis provides an analysis of the opportunities for supporting women and their communities engaged in extractive struggles.
Building Power In Crisis offers multiple entry points for funders, civil society, and social movements across fields, including feminism, human rights, Indigenous Peoples, environment and climate. The aim of the report is to lift up three sets of strategies needed to confront extractive power: foundational, site-specific, and transformational. Led by frontline communities and the allies who support them, these strategies center women’s knowledge, practices, and experiences.
Originally published by SAGE Fund
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