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Reflect! Resist! Rise!

Francophone civil society movements and allied organizations across 13 countries in North, West and Central Africa met in Abidjan, Cote d’ Ivoire from 18 to 20 May 2021 as the first of a series of sub-regional gatherings hosted by the African Climate Justice Group (ACJG). The ACJG is an emerging platform that aims to strengthen the progressive climate justice movement in Africa. 

Hosted by Jeunes Volontaires pour l’Environnement (JVE), a group of young activists committed to supporting climate justice struggles, the event came at a time of deeply interconnected crises impacting Francophone Africa. From the climate and ecological crises wreaking havoc on the lands and territories across the region to the COVID-19 pandemic/health crisis rippling through communities, poverty and inequality crisis, debt crisis, political crisis and much more – this moment is one that calls for powerful solidarity and strong progressive action. 

The meeting was a critical space for sharing, learning exchanges and collective knowledge construction on ways that the climate crisis is impacting the region and identifying connections and opportunities for collaboration, resistance, and solidarity. The group also went on a field visit to a local fishing community in Grand Lahou that has been hit particularly hard by coastal erosion and rising sea levels caused by climate change.

You can hear some of the voices and experiences from the event along with accessing resources and materials!

African Sovereignty: Women live the Alternatives

African Sovereignty: Women live the Alternatives

WoMin is thrilled to launch the third installment in our series of animated short films – African Sovereignty: Women live the Alternatives. This third film expands on the alternatives to a destructive development model, which women and their communities are protecting and proposing in their organising and resistances. Women’s proposition for just development lies in their resistance to the violent encroachments of mining, oil and gas extraction and large-scale infrastructure, including mega-energy projects to defend their seeds, their autonomy, their forms of production, their community relations, and very importantly their interdependent relationship with nature without which they would not survive. They are saying NO to the deeply destructive extractivist model of development, and YES to the real and living alternatives in the ways they produce food, conserve, and steward natural resources, and take care of their families and communities. ........................................................................................................................................................... WoMin est ravi de lancer le troisième film de sa série de courts métrages d'animation - La souveraineté africaine : Les Femmes vivent les alternatives. Ce troisième film développe les alternatives à un modèle de développement destructeur, que les femmes et leurs communautés protègent et proposent en se mobilisant et en résistant. La proposition des femmes pour un développement juste réside dans leur résistance aux empiètements violents de l'extraction minière, pétrolière et gazière et des infrastructures à grande échelle, y compris les méga projets énergétiques, afin de défendre leurs semences, leur autonomie, leurs formes de production, leurs relations communautaires et, surtout, leur relation d'interdépendance avec la nature sans laquelle elles ne pourraient pas survivre. Elles disent NON au modèle de développement extractiviste profondément destructeur et OUI aux alternatives réelles et vivantes dans la manière dont elles produisent des aliments, conservent et gèrent les ressources naturelles et prennent soin de leurs familles et de leurs communautés.
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