On 10 August 2019, the world witnessed deeply distressing scenes of fire sweeping through the Amazon rainforest. The “day of fire” caught the attention of the national media. This orchestrated action to set fire to parts of the forest was a criminal act, coordinated by ranchers and plantation owners. Their motivation was more agribusiness production.
For International Women's Day, 8 March 2020, women across the world marched.
In Altamira, in the state of Pará, they marched to denounce violence and violations of women’s rights.
They denounce the violence of Amazonian women in their defence of the Amazon.
Photograph: ©Douglas Freitas / Friends of the Earth Brazil
Ibu Rumsiah, on resisting the Indrumayu coal fired power plant.
Indonesia is one of the world’s largest coal exporters. In 2015, the country mined over 460 million tonnes of coal.
The communities in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo, can’t fish or access clean drinking water because the rivers are contaminated by mining waste. This hits the women in communities particularly hard, since they are often responsible for collecting water.
Ibu Rumsiah from Kalimantan, Indonesia is resisting the Indrumayu coal-fired power plant, which affects the food she farms, losing her essential income.