Skill sharing on women, natural resources and livelihoods
Asia has a large indigenous population affected by mining projects and communities working in mining industry. Asia has also a large network of civil society and community action groups working individually and sometimes collectively on issues of community and workers’ rights vis-à-vis the extractives. However, the active link between women’s rights and social mobilization in extractives has yet to gain stronger push as women’s leadership, voices and representation have marginal focus. Therefore, in order to meet the demand of civil society organizations of Mongolia, India, Philippines and Indonesia, who work for women’s right and environment, skill-share exchange trainings for capacity building were conducted in India, Philippines and Indonesia, with the financial support of GAGGA.
Local women learn to document women’s rights violation with the evidence-based approach and it’s for advocacy
What can we do against to piracy of mining companies? We should deliberate about how to deal with it. If we go to law, then we will need evidence and supporting materials that can proof human right violation.
Therefore, we are working with local WNOs, groups or women to conduct gender impact assessment, make documentation for women’s rights violation as well as increase the participation of the citizens or women to reduce the human right violations that come from extractive industries.
It is important to understand that we need to look at the bigger picture of the combination of women’s rights issues and legal regulations of mining industries as well as lessons learned from the previous experiences to fight against with mining companies.
In order to improve their knowledge on how women’s right issue interrelated with other legal regulations on mining, we have conducted capacity building training among over 50 representatives from groups and WNGOs at Arkhangai and Zavkhan province.
How environmental justice connected with human right issues?
There are many adversary impacts from the extractive industries that lead to environmental pollution, a decline of local culture and living style. In many cases, the environmental pollution influences soil erosion, environmental issues, and human right violations.
Unfortunately, the local community has lack of awareness on the human right or law regulation of the environment. Even they know some of their rights, they do not know how to enjoy their right or have no sufficient experience to protect them. Because of lack of the knowledge, they never succeed and lost their hope to win the mining companies.
Interviews with some local women:
My husband works as an artisanal mining. He started to drink a lot when he earns money from artisanal mining. Sometimes he abuses me when he drinks. Our environment is destroyed by mining industries. The rivers polluted a lot. The livestock eyes get red, or the meats get red when we cook it. It’s my first time to hear about women’s right. Now I have some awareness on human right. After this training, I understood that we need to work together as women and local communities.