As the planet hurtles towards climate collapse, follow the powerful stories of African women and their fight for justice against dirty energy and development projects that destroy their lands, lives and communities.


Yaba Badoe (co-director), Sharon Farr (co-director) | 1 more credit »




Through the eyes and experiences of women impacted by coal, oil and mega-infrastructure projects in South Africa, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Women Hold Up the Sky explores stories of resistance and communities in active struggle to take back control of their land, their rights, their bodies and their lives. In South Africa, the women of communities in KwaZulu-Natal, Somkhele and Fuleni, fight against the encroachments of a coal mine. The mine uses vast water resources to wash coal in preparation for export whilst women walk up to 25 kilometres a day to access drinking water. In Uganda, land-grabbings and forced removal of thousands of people to make way for oil exploration has left communities in despair yet determined to rise up to defend their land and livelihoods. The Democratic Republic of Congo's US$80 billion Inga hydro-power mega-dam project has already displaced many. The Grand Inga, the world's largest hydro-power scheme, promises a power grid across Africa ...

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10 October 2019 (South Africa) See more »

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