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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.

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Hear from:

Paolo Gerbaudo Sociologist and political theorist, director of the Centre for Digital Culture at King’s College London and author of ‘The Mask and the Flag: Populism and Global Protest’ and ‘The Digital Party: Political Organisation and Online Democracy’, and of the forthcoming ‘The Great Recoil: Politics After Populism and Pandemic’.

Chantal Mouffe Emeritus Professor of Political Theory at the University of Westminster in London. Her most recent books are ‘Agonistics. Thinking the World Politically’, ‘Podemos. In the Name of the People’ and ‘For a Left Populism’.

Spyros A. Sofos Researcher and research coordinator at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University and author of ‘Nation and Identity in Contemporary Europe’, ‘Tormented by History’ and ‘Islam in Europe: Public Spaces and Civic Networks'.

Chair: Walid el Houri Researcher, journalist and filmmaker based between Berlin and Beirut. He is partnerships editor at openDemocracy and lead editor of its North Africa, West Asia project.

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