Statement on International Women’s Day
March 8, 2016
Alyansa Tigil Mina laud and unite with women leaders against corporate greed and aggression
Alyansa Tigil Mina, an alliance of mining-affected communities and their support groups of NGOs/POs and other civil society organizations, who oppose the aggressive promotion of large-scale mining in the Philippines, laud all women who fight for justice, for freedoms and meaningful development!
Further, we stand united with you in the struggle for your rights and the rights of the future generations to a better world, against all forms of exploitation and oppression driven by capitalism and patriarchy.
We extend our appreciation and support to the growing number of women leaders and human rights defenders in mining-affected areas who risk their lives to protect their lands, their farms, waters and forests and communities. They are at the forefront of protests against militarization and corporate greed.
Moreover we condemn the killing of indigenous woman and environmental leader Berta Cacéres who was gunned down days before the International Women’s Day. Berta led the successful non-violent campaign with the indigenous Lenca community to stop the construction of what would have been one of the world’s largest dams that will primarily supply energy to large scale mining operations in Honduras. Her death impacts us here from thousand miles away as her story is not different to the struggles of Filipino rural women and communities.
We stand in solidarity with women environmental activists here and abroad as we are together challenged by a system that perpetuates inequality, poverty and patriarchy, and brings the climate crises at our doorstep.
Mabuhay ang mga kababaihan! Mabuhay ang bawat Pilipina!
Alyansa Tigil Mina is currently pushing for a moratorium on mining, revocation of EO 270-A, repeal of the Mining Act of 1995, and passage of the Alternative Minerals Management Bill.
For more information:
Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator (0917) 549.82.18 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Farah Sevilla ATM Policy Research and Advocacy Officer (0915) 331.33.61 <email@example.com>
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