On March 3, 2016, Berta Caceres, a globally recognised indigenous women human rights defender, was assassinated for her work to stop a dam that threatened her community. She had played a leadership role in the community’s years of organising, advocacy and resistance. The murder of Berta Caceres spurred the Count Me In! consortium to embark on a research to better understand and reveal the financial drivers and enablers of extractives projects.
Based on that research, CMI! developed multiple different tools with the aim to support women land defenders and their communities in their efforts to fight extractive projects.
Women around the world are leading struggles against the accelerating imposition of extractive development in an effort to protect their communities, their ancestral land and livelihood and ultimately the health of the planet. They are challenging investors and states to redirect their funds away from this form of predatory development model and urging allies around the world to stand with them as they seek economic, environmental and gender justice. Also, see part two of the video below.
CMI!’s Behind the Scenes toolkit is designed for all activists and organisers in communities affected by extractive projects. And the purpose of this toolkit is to support women human rights defenders (WHRDs), and their communities in their struggles to defend land and territories against extractivism, by sharing and building on the knowledge generated by research. It provides tools and analysis that enables them to map what is impacting their lands and develop stronger strategies in response.
CMI!’s Behind the Scenes briefing paper provides policy makers, WHRD, social movements, and grassroots organisations facing extractive land grabs with
analysis to understand the web that is impacting their lands and develop stronger strategies in response.
The second part of the video illustrates a number of clear recommendations for investors and governments. Only having permission from the government and having all the papers is not enough. They must listen to the wish of the communities.