Feminist Natural Resource Governance Agenda

Why do we need a feminist agenda?

Advancing women’s rights vis-à-vis extractive industries requires an intersectional and transformative
feminist natural resource governance agenda that centers the leadership and lived realities of women and frontline communities.

This policy agenda was originally developed in 2020 by the Working Group on Gender Justice and Extractive Industries (Development Gateway, FEMNET, NRGI, Oxfam, PWYP, and World Resources Institute), in consultation with feminist organizations and other CSOs working on natural resource issues. It was submitted to the Action Coalition on Economic Justice & Rights, part of the UN Women’s Generation Equality Forum. It outlines 18 policy imperatives to pursue in order to implement feminist natural resource governance. The policy asks span the gamut of issues linked to women’s rights and extractives – from FPIC to tax justice – and seek to involve all actors involved in the extraction of oil, gas and minerals.

This agenda seeks to close the power differentials born of economies based on resource extraction that have emerged from interlocking systems of capitalism, colonization, imperialism and militarism. This agenda demands that principles of equity and respect for human rights, especially the rights of women and girls, underpin natural resource management. It honors the rights of nature and recognizes that women and communities may oppose resource extraction as we advance a just transition to a low-carbon world.

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