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Weaving resistance through action: Strategies of WHRDs confronting extractivism and corporate power

Women Human Rights Defenders around the world are resisting corporate power that commodifies nature and prioritizes profit over people and the environment.

Building on inspiring stories of resistance, our new practical guide presents concrete strategies put in place by WHRDs to confront corporate power and preserve their people, livelihood and territories against extractivism.

This guide is released alongside a videoDefending people and planet: Women confronting extractive industries’. The short film puts courageous Women Human Rights Defenders from Africa, Asia, and Latin America in the spotlight. They share their struggles for land and life, and speak to the risks and challenges they face in their activism.

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These new resources are part of a participatory research project on “Women Human Rights Defenders confronting extractivism and corporate power” co-led by AWID and Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRD-IC).

It is designed as a toolbox for learning, awareness raising, advocacy and resistance:

Explore our Special Focus section: Confronting extractivism and corporate power

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