Networks - at local, national, regional and international level – are a key element in WHRDs' protection, providing opportunities for solidarity, advocacy, sharing experiences and information, including security strategies, and for mutual support, including in times of emergency. Below are links to the websites of international networks, focusing on women's rights and/or the defence of the rights to land and the environment.
Many of the websites below also provide helpful resources, and some give lists of member organisations which may be useful contacts at national or regional level.
La Via Campesina
An international movement which brings together millions of peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world. It defends small-scale sustainable agriculture as a way to promote social justice and dignity. It strongly opposes corporate driven agriculture and transnational companies.
International Land Coalition
A global alliance of civil society and intergovernmental organisations working together to promote secure and equitable access to and control over land for poor women and men through advocacy, dialogue, knowledge sharing and capacity building.
Has national offices in certain Latin American countries, as well as a broad network of civil society organizations and social movements. FIAN exposes violations of people's right to food, and through case work and advocacy works against unjust and discriminatory practices that prevent people from feeding themselves, including gender discrimination and other forms of exclusion. It strives to secure people's land, seeds and water, as well as dealing with issues such as land-grabbing, agrofuels and climate change, and promoting women's, indigenous and campesino rights in relation to food.
The International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
ESCR-Net is a network of over 200 organisations which advances economic, social and cultural rights by facilitating mutual learning and strategy sharing, developing new tools and resources, engaging in advocacy, and coordinating information-sharing and networking. It operates at local, national, and international levels. It includes a Working Group of Social Movements and Grassroots Groups.
The International Women and Mining Network
Is the only international platform which works for and brings together women affected by mining projects, as well as women mine workers exploited by mining operations.The network is hosted by Dhaatri Resource Centre for Women and Children in India.
International Indigenous Women's Forum
FIMI’s mission is to bring together indigenous women leaders and human rights activists from different parts of the world to coordinate agendas, capacity-build, and to develop leadership roles. FIMI encourages indigenous women's participation in international decision-making processes by ensuring the consistent and serious inclusion of indigenous women’s perspectives in all discussions regarding human rights.
Latin American Networks
(Unless indicated, these websites are only in Spanish)
Latin American Coordinating Group of Rural Organisations
(Coordinadora Latinoamericana de Organizaciones del Campo)
It works in coordination with Via Campesina, representing campesino, worker, indigenous and Afrodescendent organisations in Latin America.
Latin American Network of Women Defenders of Social and Environmental Rights
(Red Latinoamericana de Mujeres Defensoras de Derechos Sociales y Ambientales)
Its purpose is to raise awareness of the impacts of mining upon women, publicise their struggles, and oppose mining. It provides spaces for debate, training, reporting abuses, investigation and lobbying, and holds national and international meetings. It also undertakes actions to protect women at high risk because of their work in opposition to mining.
(Union Latinoamericana de Mujeres)
Red ULAM is a regional network formed of groups and organisations led by women for rural and indigenous women affected socially, culturally and economically by mining policies and practices.
(Continental Network of Indigenous Women)
ECMIA is a federation of indigenous organisations from the Americas, which promotes the participation and visibility of indigenous women and young people as key actors in the defence and full enjoyment of their rights. See members here.
Afro-Latin American, Afro-Caribbean and Diaspora Women's Network
(Red de Mujeres Afrolatinoamericanas, Afrocaribeñas y la Diáspora)
A space for the empowerment of women of African descent for the construction of societies which are democratic, equitable, just, multicultural, and free of racism, racial discrimination, sexism and exclusion, and for promoting multiculturalism. It undertakes research and advocacy.
IM Defensoras (Website in English and Spanish)
(Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative)
It consists of more than 350 groups of women, including rural and indigenous women defending land rights and environmental justice. Its activities include training and capacity-building, as well as movement- and network-building for women human rights defenders.
Andean Coordinating Group of Indigenous Organisations
(Coordinadora de Andina de Organizaciones Indígenas (CAOI))
Main objective is the full enjoyment of indigenous rights, particularly self-determination, territory, free, prior and informed consultation and consent, and against criminalisation of activists and militarisation of territories. It has a women's coordinating committee which seeks to strengthen the political participation of indigenous women at national and international level.
Eco-Portal provides a directory of organisations in Latin America and Spain that can be searched by country and by issue.