Open Min(e)d International Speakers Tour 2018

This year, CATAPA is organising the Open Min(e)d international speakers tour as part of the larger project Make ICT Fair. During this Speakers Tour, speakers from Latin America give guest lectures at universities and university colleges as well as at public events. The goal of Open Min(e)d is to raise awareness about the impact of extraction related to the ICT supply chain, and how this affects communities in Latin America.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY TOMAS VAN HOUTRYVE

This year we welcome Gloria Chicaiza who coordinates the activities surrounding the mining issue in Ecuador for Acción Ecológica. Acción Ecológica is an Ecuadorian NGO that strives for social and ecological justice through the principles of 'buen vivir' and ecologism. They oppose the private interests of the extractivist industry and give a voice to the affected communities. She is also one of the founders of the Red Latinoamericana de Mujeres Defensoras de los Derechos Sociales y Ambientales, a network of women environmental and human rights defenders in Latin America.


We also welcome Margarita Aquino; Margarita comes from Yuracari, one of the many communities on the Bolivian Altiplano that suffers greatly from the impact of mining, specifically with regards to water resources and pollution of the soil. She is currently chairwoman of RENAMAT, the 'national network of women who defend mother earth'. This women's movement maps the pollution caused by mining, as well as the difficult position of women in extractivism.


Our last speaker is Mariana Gómez who is the regional coordinator of Yes to Life, No to Mining and works for the Fundacion Gaia Amazonas. She has studies Anthropology with minors in Biology and Geography, did a master in Social Anthropology in Colombia and recently completed her second masters in Holistic Sciences at Schumacher College, UK. She has worked with indigenous and peasant communities in environment and territory issues with rich experience in field-work and both the governmental and non-governmental sector. 


CATAPA organizes a number of events with various partners during this week. 

Below you can find a overview of all planned activities:

Antwerp

  • 6th March, Evening, UAntwerp, Antwerp. Mesa redonda: mujeres defensoras de los derechos humanos y extractivismo. Professor: Lieve Vangehuchte. Guest Speakers: Gloria Chicaiza, Margarita Aquino, Mariana Gómez. Language: Spanish. More Info
  • 7th March, 8:15-10:15, KdG, Antwerp. Wat zit er in jouw ICT? De impact van mijnbouw in Bolivia. Professor: Gie Siegers. Guest speaker: Margarita Aquino. Language: Spanish with Dutch interpretation. More Info
  • 7th March, 10:30-12:30, KdG, Antwerp. Wat zit er in jouw ICT? De impact van mijnbouw in Bolivia. Professor: Gie Siegers. Guest speaker: Margarita Aquino. Language: Spanish with Dutch interpretation. More Info
  • 7th March, 18:00-19:30, KdG, Antwerp. MVO en el buen vivir: de mijnbouwindustrie in Ecuador. Professor: Gie Siegers. Guest Speaker: Gloria Chicaiza. Language: Spanish with Dutch interpretation. More Info
  • 9th March, 12:30-14:00, UAntwerp, Antwerp. Extractivismo en Ecuador: el impacto social y medioambiental. Professor: Lieve Vangehuchte. Guest Speaker: Gloria Chicaiza. Language: Spanish. More Info

Brussels

  • 5th March, 17:30-19:30, KU Leuven Brussels, Brussels. Corporate responsibility from the perspective of the local community and civil society: the case of mining in Ecuador. Professor: Marc Craps. Guest Speaker: Gloria Chicaiza. Language: Spanish with English interpretation. More Info
  • 7th March, 12:30-14:00, Vlasfabriekstraat 11, Brussels. Almuerzo-debate sobre consulta popular en Ecuador. Co-organiser: 11.11.11. Guest speaker: Gloria Chicaiza. Language: Spanish. More Info
  • 7th March, 19:00-21:00, Cinema Aventure, Brussels. Amanecerá y veremos. Mujeres protagonistas de paz en Colombia. Documentary screening. Language: Spanish with French Subtitles. More Info
  • 8th March, 12:00-18:00, KU Leuven Brussels, Brussels. Challenging the sustainability of the global ICT supply chain: from mining to procurement. Mining symposium, registration needed. Language: English. More Info

Ghent

  • 4th March, 08:30-13:00, ABVV vrijdagsmarkt, Gent. Breakfast with a rebel: break bread with activists from around the world. Guest Speakers: Gloria Chicaiza and Margarita Aquino. Language: several with Dutch interpretation. More Info
  • 5th March, 11:30-14:15, UGent, Gent. Local resistance against large-scale mining in Colombia. Professor: Yves Haeck. Guest Speaker: Mariana Gómez. Language: English. More Info
  • 5th March, 13:00-14:30, UGent, Gent. Mining in Ecuador and its impact on water resources. Professor: Peter Goethals. Guest Speaker: Gloria Chicaiza. Language: Spanish with English interpretation. More Info
  • 5th March, 13:00-16:00, Ugent, Gent. Modernization: By who for whom? The social and environmental impact of mining in Bolivia. Professor: Bart Van de Putte. Guest Speaker: Margarita Aquino. Language: Spanish with Dutch interpretation. More Info
  • 7th March, 17:00-18:30, Odisee, Gent. Wat zit er in jouw ICT? De impact van mijnbouw in Bolivia. Professor: Anthony De Proft. Guest Speaker: Margarita Aquino. Language: Spanish with Dutch interpretation. More Info
  • 8th March, 08:15-10:15, Arteveldehogeschool, Gent. Extractivisme als ontwikkelingsmodel in Bolivia. Professor: An Verdonck. Guest Speaker: Margarita Aquino. Language: Spanish with Dutch interpretation. More Info
  • 8th March, 10:15-12:15, Arteveldehogeschool, Gent. Extractivisme als ontwikkelingsmodel in Bolivia. Professor: An Verdonck. Guest Speaker: Margarita Aquino. Language: Spanish with Dutch interpretation. More Info
  • 8th March, 10:00-12:30, UGent, Gent. The social and environmental impact of mining in Ecuador. Professor: An Cliquet. Guest Speaker: Gloria Chicaiza. Language: Spanish with English interpretation. More Info
  • 8th March, 19:00-22:00, Zebrastraat, Gent. Mo*Cafe - No woman is an I-land. Guest Speaker: Mariana Gómez. Language: English. More Info
  • 9th March, 10:00-11:15, UGent, Gent. Extractivismo en Bolivia: cómo afecta las comunidades locales? Professor: Miriam Bouzouita. Guest Speaker: Margarita Aquino. Language: Spanish. More Info

Leuven

  • 6th March, 8:30-10:30, KU Leuven, Leuven. The social impact of extractivism in Bolivia: Can tourism offer a local alternative? Professor: Constanza Parra. Guest Speaker: Margarita Aquino. Language: Spanish with English interpretation. More Info

Ypres

  • 10th March, 09:30-17:00, Yper. Vredesconferentie: Moedige vrouwen, hoopvolle toekomst. Guest Speaker: Mariana Gómez. Language: English with Dutch and French interpretation. More Info
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