Defending our Land: The extractivist Model and It’s Impact on Rural Women

Fri 16 Mar 2018
Event location: 

United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY 10017, USA

Title: Defending our Land: The extractivist model and it’s impact in rural women

Date: March 16, 2018

Time: 10:30 AM

Venue: The Armenian Convention Center, New York City 

Room: Vartan Hall

  • MC | Chase Masteron 
  • Stefania Marchina | UNA-USA SD - General macro-economic context, with an emphasis on the structural basis of the Extractive Industry 
  • Verona Collantes | UN Women - Land Rights and Ownership  from a gender perspective
  • Fred Sullivan | Executive Director - Man Up Campaign


Women and girls in rural areas fulfill the roles as primary caregivers and sustain life as a whole in their communities. Their extensive daily work involves self-sustaining agricultural practices, physically demanding functions such as carrying water and firewood, as well as ensuring continuous supply of nutriments for their families. 

In rural areas, all natural resources available within its immediate environment are the very base for survival. The intervention of the Extractive Industry in an unregulated manner in developing countries has caused severe resource depletion and increased pollution, deeply affecting surrounding, rural communities while contributing to the overall changes in climate globally.

Women are particularly affected by Extractive Industries; the development and exploitation of oil, gas, and mining, have grave consequences on matters of land ownership and use. The use of land for extractive purposes leads often to forced displacement and migration. Deprived of the very base to providing resources for survival, some women leave their communities in the search of viable ways to sustain their families, facing a magnitude of gender based violence along their path. Those women remaining in their communities, stay to actively defend their land and resources seeking to regulate extractive practices in order to ensure sustainability of life as a whole. Usually left without any local, national or global support, these women activists encounter various challenges as mothers, wives and community member. 


In highlighting rural women's experiences directly affected by Extractive Industries the panel centers the discussion on the issues of the industry's unsustainable practices while seeking lasting solutions. The emphasis of this panel lies in exploring gender equality, sustainability and fair economy practices, to define together a strategic agenda that supports rural women and girls, while strengthening their communities in managing their land and water resources. The panel seeks to promote responsible and sustainable production that triggers economic growth benefiting impacted communities directly and the world economy at large.
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