Magazine article New Internationalist

Women against Mining – and for the Good Life

Magazine article New Internationalist

Women against Mining – and for the Good Life

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What does 'development' mean for women living near one of the largest and notoriously polluting goldmines in the world? This photography project involving 12 women from Cajamarca, Peru, provides a startling and original vision of that much-contested term.

For many of the activists this was first time they had ever used a camera, says Katy Jenkins of Northumbria University, who led the three-month participatory project entitled 'Women, Mining and Photography', funded by the Leverhulme Trust. So first there were workshops on how to use a camera, as well as how to 'read' visual images and make meaning through photography.

To directly document the negative environmental and social aspects of large-scale mining projects (in particular, the nearby Yanacocha goldmine) might have put the women at risk - violence against anti-mining activists is all too common in Peru. …

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