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West African women defend traditional palm oil

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

A video produced by GRAIN shows how rural women in West Africa are working to protect traditional palm oil production in the face of the...

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Women and Property in Cameroon: Laws and Reality

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

The agricultural force on the continent In Cameroon as in many African countries, women daily endure practices that could be considered...

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Mundemba declaration and statement of solidarity

Posted on Apr 15, 2016

Women, communities say NO to the expansion of oil palm plantations and industrial palm oil Each year on 17 April, peasants and food...

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Statement of solidarity with the communities of Ndian Division, Southwest Region of Cameroon

Posted on Apr 15, 2016

We are 40 participants who have united in Mundemba, Cameroon, for an international workshop on the tactics and strategies of oil palm...

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Mundemba Declaration: Women and the expansion of oil palm plantations and industrial palm oil

Posted on Apr 15, 2016

Women resist industrial palm oil (Photo: JVE-Cameroun) Considering that the aspiration to human dignity is a common ideal for humankind,...

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We Denounce and Resist the Green Economy’s Impacts on Women and Forests

Posted on Mar 30, 2016

Declaration by the World Rainforest Movement (WRM), March 2016 To Berta Cáceres and the Lenca People, the struggle continues! In March,...

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Resisting Militarism – World March of Women | 8th March, 2016

Posted on Mar 9, 2016

Dear sisters, friends, activists and fellow fighters, In recent days, the world has been getting ready to celebrate the 8thof March,...

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Forestry Community Forum: Community mobilisation in plantation forestry

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The Forestry Community Forum is an organisation of dwellers and labour tenants residing in plantation forestry / worker villages in the...

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Gender impact of oil palm plantations among indigenous peoples in Sarawak

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

An article from the recently launched book “Gender and Land Tenure in the context of Disaster in Asia”, examines the impact of changing...

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Women speak: climate justice stories from the frontlines

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

On December 8, 2014, a group of extraordinary women leaders gathered in Lima, Peru during the UN climate negotiations to speak out against...

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Women’s Struggle: for Food Sovereignty; against violence and agribusiness!

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

The international network of peasants, La Via Campesina, calls for the coordination of actions during the International Women’s Day to...

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Josefina and the Water Springs against Pine Plantations in Ecuador’s Páramos

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

Twenty years ago, a Dutch company paid communities to establish pine tree plantations in the high mountains of Ecuador. The aim was for...

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Women groups converge in parallel to the Southern Africa Development Community Heads of State Summit (14-18 August)

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

Women from all corners of the Southern African region descended on Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, to participate in the People’s Summit. They aimed...

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“NO to ProSavana” Campaign in Southern Africa

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

The Mozambique Union of Farmers, UNAC, a member of La Via Campesina, stressed during the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)...

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Women’s roles, rights and responsibility in natural resources: Some reflections from Mekong Region

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

In Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar it remains common until today that the wife will be the one who ‘owns’ the land of...

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Changes in family life: Observations on eucalyptus and women in Mato Grosso do Sul

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

“It is the rural women’s movements that have been at the forefront of massive public actions aimed at fighting back against the big...

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Women & Plantations: Pain or Gain? The Nigerian Experience

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

In Nigeria, forest concessions – including reserves and communal farmlands – are being taken over by multinationals and...

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Environmental conflicts and women in Africa

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

A report by Edwin C. Perry, Cheryl Potgieter and Urmilla Bob,(1) highlights the links between environmental conflicts and women. The...

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World March of Women: Change the world to change the lives of women – the fight continues against green deserts and the commodification of nature

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

We are once again approaching March 8, the international day of women’s struggle, on which we, as feminist women, also struggle against...

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Liberian women impacted by expansion of Sime Darby’s oil palm plantations

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

The Garwula District, in Grand Cape Mount County, is one of the areas affected by the 63-year lease agreement signed by the Malaysian giant...

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Women and Plantations

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

Worldwide, gender relations are unequal in many ways, for example, in the division of work and power between the sexes. Unsurprisingly,...

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An overview of industrial tree plantations in the global South: conflicts, trends, and resistance struggles.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012

After many years of supporting local struggles and disseminating information from different countries on tree monocultures and its impacts,...

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Women oil palm plantation workers in Asia: Gender inequity and exploitation

Posted on May 30, 2012

In Asia, as in many other parts of the world, forest areas have been inhabited by successive generations of indigenous communities. For...

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Oil palm plantation workers in Central America: The experience of Rel-UITA

Posted on May 30, 2012

Over the past several decades, large-scale monoculture oil palm plantations have spread throughout the tropical regions of Asia, Africa and...

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New crossroads, same actors: The green economy of the powerful, voices of resistance of women

Posted on Mar 30, 2012

Business as usual dressed up in green Humanity is moving along old paths in new clothes. The current civilization model, which is portrayed...

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Honduras: Women fighting for land against a backdrop of violence and murders

Posted on Mar 30, 2012

Men and women peasant farmers in the Bajo Aguán valley in Honduras are suffering violent repression after organizing and taking action to...

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Oil palm plantations behind land-grabbing in Sierra Leone

Posted on Jan 30, 2012

During 11 years – from 1991 to 2002 – a harsh civil war fueled by the inequitable distribution of power and resources decimated...

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Nyéléni: A woman’s name for the struggle for Food Sovereignty

Posted on Oct 30, 2011

In Africa there is a story that has been passed down through the years about a woman from Mali named Nyéléni, who challenged patriarchal...

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India: Tribal women of Kaimur plant native trees to protest JICA-funded government tree plantation drive

Posted on Sep 30, 2011

Hundreds of trees of native species used by local communities – such as neem, lemon, sehjan, amla, jamun, mango, chironji and mahua –...

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Oil palm in Benin: From small-scale production by women to large-scale corporate industry

Posted on Sep 30, 2011

Oil palm has historically played an important role in Benin and oil palm plantations, as opposed to naturally occurring palm groves, were...

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Brazil: Women in Camp Sister Dorothy Stang – for their right to life, against monoculture eucalyptus

Posted on Apr 30, 2011

On the evening and early morning of 27 th and 28th February, women of the Landless Rural Workers Movement from all over the Extreme South...

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Women and Climate Change

Posted on Dec 29, 2010

Produced by Gender CC, Women for Climate Justice , with the support of the WRM International Secretariat Directed by Flavio Pazos Voice:...

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Bénin : la “modernisation” de la production d’huile de palme marginalise les femmes

Posted on Aug 30, 2010

La production d’huile de palme est séculaire au Bénin et elle s’est toujours faite surtout par des méthodes artisanales. Ce sont...

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Empowered women: Social struggles and gender consciousness

Posted on Mar 30, 2010

There can be no doubt that we are immersed in a long and sometimes resisted process of gender awareness regarding social relationships that...

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Papua New Guinea: Women in Oil Palm Association become empowered

Posted on Mar 30, 2010

In late 2008, WRM and Friends of the Earth Papua New Guinea/CELCOR  jointly organised a workshop with local women in Papua New Guinea. The...

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Women and climate change – most affected and least heard

Posted on Mar 30, 2010

In a study published recently in Germany on Climate and Development, we find the following statements: “Poverty affects many, too many...

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Brazil: For whom and why do women struggle?

Posted on Mar 30, 2010

What is happiness? We can find many answers and we may even consider that being happy is a strictly personal matter. However, at least two...

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Uruguay: A place where the lies about plantations are all too obvious

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

Everywhere in the world where large-scale monoculture tree plantations are established, their arrival is preceded by a series of promises...

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The “benefits” of tree plantations: shattering the myths

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations is a good opportunity to expose the myths being spread around about the so-called...

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Myth No. 7: Plantations provide opportunities for women

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

The experience of Ecuador in areas where large-scale pine plantations have expanded shows that, far from providing women with...

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Brazil: On Women’s day, peasant women struggle against tree plantations

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

On International Women’s Day in Brazil, once again women lead the struggle against monoculture tree plantations. Starting in 2006, when...

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Invisible women are becoming increasingly visible

Posted on Mar 30, 2009

In his novel “The Invisible Man”, H.G. Wells tells the story of a scientist who succeeds in making himself invisible, and the problems...

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Women raise their voices in three continents

Posted on Mar 30, 2009

Vast areas of land where diverse and rich ecosystems predominate are being replaced with large scale tree plantations in the South. These...

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Papua New Guinea: Women against further expansion of oil palm

Posted on Mar 30, 2009

Oil palm production is increasing in Papua New Guinea, a country where 97% of the land is communally owned and most of its 5 million...

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Nigeria: Michelin’s rubber plantations destroyed women’s livelihoods

Posted on Mar 30, 2009

“I don’t want money. I want my land back…if they give me one million Naira [the local currency] today, I will still go broke, but if...

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Brazil: Women impacted by eucalyptus plantations speak out

Posted on Mar 30, 2009

World consumption of paper has exploded over the past 50 years. Only about 1/3 of paper production is used for writing and printing paper,...

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Video: Women raise their voices against tree plantations

Posted on Mar 30, 2009

If after reading the above articles you (as a woman within an organization, as a member of a women’s movement, as an activist on human...

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Women raise their voices against tree plantations. Testimonies from Brazil, Nigeria and Papua New Guinea

Posted on Mar 11, 2009

By the World Rainforest Movement and Forest and Biodiversity Program of Friends of the Earth International Screenplay: Flavio...

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Women, Communities and Plantations in Ecuador

Posted on Oct 22, 2008

By Ivonne Ramos and Nathalia Bonilla Testimonials on a socially and environmentally destructive forestry model Joint Research of Acción...

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The invisibility of women and plantations in the CBD

Posted on May 23, 2008

By the WRM The CBD recognized in 1992 the “vital role of women in the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity” and...

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Women and Eucalyptus. Stories of Life and Resistance

Posted on Nov 22, 2007

Impacts of Eucalyptus Monocultures on Indigenous and Afrobrazilian Women in the State of Espírito Santo. By Gilsa Barcellos and Simone...

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International Women’s Day 2007: Struggling for food sovereignty

Posted on Mar 8, 2007

By the World Rainforest Movement – March 2007. At the beginning of the twentieth century, women’s struggles for emancipation...

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International Women’s Day 2006: Homage to Women’s Struggle in Forests and Plantations

Posted on Mar 5, 2006

By the World Rainforest Movement. 8 March 2006. On the International Women’s Day, the World Rainforest Movement wants to pay homage...

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Women, forests and plantations. The gender Dimension

Posted on Aug 18, 2005

By the World Rainforest Movement Selection of articles published in the monthly electronic bulletin of the World Rainforest Movement,...

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