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#WeAreUofT E.19 - #WeBelieveSurvivors of Barrick Gold ft. Porgera Women's Rights Watch & MiningWatch Canada

Jamie Kneen

National Program Co-Lead

After years of denying cases of sexual assault, Canadian mining company Barrick Gold compensated 119 women and girls who were victims of sexual violence by mine security to the tune of ~$10,000 each for these abuses, but had them sign an agreement that they could never sue the company. Eleven of the 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.

We're joined by Everlyn Galpe and Joycelyn Mandi, two incredible organizers from the community surrounding Barrick Gold's Porgera Gold Mine in Papua New Guinea. Sakura Saunders and Katherine Coumins from MiningWatch Canada and join us to discuss their efforts to bring Everlyn and Joycelyn to Canadian audiences.