Every year, ProtestBarrick and supporters gather outside the Annual General Meeting of Canadian mining giant Barrick gold, to amplify the voices of those directly impacted by their operations globally.
This year, we are shining the spotlight on gendered violence at Barrick’s mines, by highlighting and supporting survivors of sexual assault.
PANEL DISCUSSION: Monday April 24, 7pm @University of Toronto, Canada
(exact location TBA)
Come and join is to hear updates of the struggles against Barrick’s abuses at mine sites around the world, with a special focus on women-led organizing.
~ There will be free food, music, art and speakers. Tokens available upon request ~
After years of denying cases of sexual assault, Toronto-based Barrick Gold compensated 119 women and girls who were victims of sexual violence by mine security, but had them sign an agreement that they could never sue the company. Eleven women refused this remedy package and threatened to sue the company, resulting in a higher out of court settlement. Since that time, the 119 women who originally accepted the money from Barrick have organized into women’s groups and started to demand more dignified treatment from the company. Many others have never received any compensation at all, as allegations of sexual violence continue.
On the night before the demonstration, join us and Silence is Violence – University of Toronto for We Believe Survivors of Canadian Mining & Extractive Industries as we take an international, national, and very personal look at violence against women, as we find solidarity in the similarity of these struggles.
From gaslighting tactics, to the cultural and legal barriers that prevent women from sharing their stories, we will look at the systemic forces that work to silence victims of abuse. We will also hear from courageous women who have stood up for themselves and self-organized with other survivors to tell their stories and demand accountability.
ProtestBarrick is an international campaign of support and solidarity with communities directly impacted by Barrick around the world. It is 100% volunteer-run and in its 10th year! The protest outside Barrick Gold’s AGM is a time that we come together with representatives of Barrick impacted communities to reconnect with their frontline struggles and push for accountability and visibility for these issues in Canada.
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