Watch the latest gendered impacts of resource extraction video: Economic & Social Impacts
“Indigenous women have a way of helping one another which cannot be practiced anymore because they no longer have land.”
~ Pya Macliing Malayao, KATRIBU/Innabuyog, Philippines
This 4th video in the KAIROS Gendered Impacts series focuses on the social and economic impacts of resource extraction. Indigenous women explain how the arrival of a mine exacerbates the existing vulnerabilities in their communities which result from the legacy of residential schools, poverty, discrimination and neglect. We hear that mining puts additional stress on Indigenous women in their traditional and gendered roles of caring for their communities and the land, and contributes to family and community breakdown. We also hear how women feel the economic impacts and gains of a mine differently. While women recognize that there are economic benefits, mining does not offer women the same employment opportunities as men, and in many cases it increases income disparity between men and women, as well as among community members. Women are also more likely to see and experience the social problems that a mine may bring.
This video’s release coincides with the conclusion of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York at the end of March. In their final statement, 80 governments and 4100 civil society representatives recognize the essential role of women as agents of sustainable development and in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But this statement does not go far enough. The role of Indigenous women in understanding the impacts of resource extraction and in caring for communities and the environment must be recognized and made more visible. These videos are a small step in that direction.