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29 Jul 2016

National Association of Professional Environmentalists (Uganda)

Africa: Campaign launched to promote women's rights in extractive sector

"NAPE Launches a Women-led Campaign on Fossils, Energy and climate Justice"

The National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) in collaboration with National Association of Women’s Action in Development (NAWAD) have launched a Women-led campaign on fossils, energy and climate. The NAPE and NAWAD are members of WoMin - an Alliance of African Women against Destructive Extractivesm...WoMin works to promote women’s rights in regard to natural resources extraction, with specific focus on the mining sector in Africa.

The negative impacts of extractive industry projects fall predominantly on women rather than men and are much more significant than generally recognized, including the breakdown of family relations and a significant increase in family tensions and domestic violence associated with the arrival of projects in poor communities...As the people most affected by the extractive industry, women themselves must be at the forefront to fight for their rights. In an effort to promote women’s rights, has commissioned a women-led campaigns on fossils, energy and climate change in four countries (Nigeria, DRC, Uganda and South Africa) were the alliance has members.

The network of women in this campaign will work in solidarity to build sisterhood and with a united voice demand for participation in decision-making in the oil sector, and demand for fair treatment and equitable share in the extractive sector.