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Video: feminist activists speak out against corporate impunity

Human rights abuses. Plundered resources. #Feminists4BindingTreaty explain why corporations must be held accountable for their impacts around the world.

Valerie Bah
16 March 2018

"Corporate abuse disproportionately impacts women" still from video.

"Corporate abuse disproportionately impacts women" still from video.

“There’s more money now in the world than ever before in history. We have that wealth, it’s about redistributing it,” says Sanam Amin from the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law, and Development.

Amin is one of several feminist activists who are speaking up about the impacts of corporate power abuses on women, and mobilising behind a proposed binding treaty to hold multinational corporations accountable for their activities’ impacts around the world.

In this video we also hear from Taina Hedman from the International Indian Treaty Council organisation of indigenous peoples; Eugenia Lopez Uribe from the Latin American regional NGO Project on Organising, Development, Education, and Research (PODER); and Hakima Abbas and Felogene Anumo from the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID).

A Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations has been the subject of discussions at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva since 2014. Negotiations on a draft treaty text are expected later this year.

For too long we’ve been left with few options other than to rely on the ‘good will’ of giant companies, and have seen lands and waters destroyed, and resources plundered from local communities offered very little in return. Follow #Feminists4BindingTreaty for updates on the campaign.

Is gesture politics hindering progress against racism?

We have all seen a huge explosion around the debate on structural racism in recent weeks.

But that has been accompanied by corporate statements that many activists say are meaningless and will lead to little change.

How true is that? How can the movement against racism deliver long-lasting change instead?

Join us on Thursday 9 July at 5pm UK time/12pm EDT for a free live discussion.

Hear from:

Sayeeda Warsi Member of the House of Lords, pro-vice chancellor at Bolton University and author of ‘The Enemy Within: A Tale of Muslim Britain’.

Sunder Katwala Director of British Future, a think-tank on identity and integration

Other speakers to be confirmed.

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