Open Min(e)d - International speakers tour

Sunday, 10 March, 2019 - 10:00 to Saturday, 16 March, 2019 - 13:00

Our annual international speakers tour Open Min(e)d is coming up again! In the month March four guest speakers from Chile, Bolivia and the Philippines will be for one week long touring throughout Flanders and Brussels and will visit universities and colleges to share their story. They will also be present at some events of the Belmundo-festival in Ghent. They do all this effort to raise awareness on the impact of mining related to the ICT-supply chain and its consequences on communities on the other side of the world.

Our guest speakers:

This year, CATAPA does not only welcome Latin-American speakers but also two speakers from the Philippines. The mining industry keeps expanding on Mindanao, a Southern island of the Philippines, and keeps exploiting the ancestral lands of indigenous communities while the communities have to face constant military presence and attacks. During their lectures, our guest speakers Maricres Paquera Paragan and Norma Luza Ampis will explain the current situation in Mindanao and will focus on the resistance of the indigenous communities against the mining industry. Maricres has extensive experience in working on campaigns and actions on protecting human rights. Currently, she works for ALCADEV, Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development in Surigao del Sur as officer-in-charge and also as a teacher. ALCADEV is a school where the indigenous youth can gain relevant knowledge about leadership and agro-ecology which will be extremely important for their future position as social leaders in their community. Norma also fights for the rights of the indigenous communities in the Caraga region. She is the Executive Director of the Tribal Filipino Program in Surigao del Sur (TRIFPSS). This program aims to improve the social and economic situation of indigenous communities by empowering and supporting them.

Ruth Vilches Torrejón fights for the rights of the Uru community in Bolivia, which is directly affected by the impact of the mining industry and climate change. The community consists mostly of fishers and farmers who are forced to leave their land and move to cities due to the insufficient water supply after the desiccation of the Poopó lake. However, the community is becoming more and more conscious about their rights and with the help of different NGOs the Uru people began to fight for their lands. Ruth works also for such the NGO CEPA (Centro de Ecología y Pueblos Andinos - Ecological Center and Andean Villages). They provide communities with technical support and do lobby work on regional, national and even on international level. Ruth represents, therefore, the perspective of the Uru community on the harmful mining activities in the Bolivian Altiplano.

Marcela Mella Ortiz is the Chilean chairwoman and spokeswoman of the Citizen Coordination No Alto Maipo campaign. In 2007, Marcela became a leading activist when the Maipo river basin came under threat. Why? The national mining companies AES Gener S.A. and Antofagasta began the Alto Maipo Hydropower Project (PHAM) to generate electricity for Los Pelambres copper mine, the 5th largest in the world. The PHAM threatens the water supply for more than 7 million people and the indispensable ecological life which depends upon it. Marcela is a powerful and inspiring voice in Chile’s all-too-common struggle against the extractive industry for the right to water and environment.

Join them at one of these activities:

SUNDAY 10.03
09:30-12:30 | Ruth @Ontbijt met een Rebel | ES (NL Interpret)

MONDAY 11.03
09:00-10:30 | Marcela @KU Leuven (Heverlee) | ES (EN Interpret)
The Hydro electrical Project: conflicts in Alto Maipo, Chile.

09:30-11:30| Ruth @ Arteveldehogeschool Gent | ES (NL Interpret)
Extractivisme in Bolivia: een complex (inter)nationaal belangenconflict.

11:30-14:15 | Maricres & Norma @ UGent | EN
Extractive industries and human rights violations in the Philippines - the resistance of indigenous communities.

13:00-16:00 | Marcela @ UGent | ES (NL Interpret)
Het Hydro-elektrisch Project in Alto Mailpo, Chili: het resultaat van privatisering in de context van neoliberalisme.

13:00-16:00 | Ruth @ UGent | ES (EN Interpret)
Extractivism in Bolivia: a complex (inter)national conflict of interest

15:30-17:30| Maricres&Norma @KU Leuven (Campus Brussel) | EN
Extractivism in the Philippines - What are the responsibilities of mining industries and the government?

8:15-10:15 | Maricres @ UAntwerpen |EN
The impact of mining on indigenous communities in the Philippines

10:00–12:00 | Norma @ ICT Symposium, Brussel | EN
Challenging the ICT supply chain: from mining to procurement

18:00–20:00 | Marcela @ HoGent | ES (NL Interpret)
Het Hydro-elektrisch Project: conflicten in Alto Maipo, Chili

20:00-22:00 | Ruth @ Cinema Belmundo, Gent | ES (NL Interpret)
Film: Samuel in the Clouds

10:30-12:30 | Ruth @ Arteveldehogeschool, Gent | ES (NL Interpret)
Extractivisme in Bolivia: een complex (inter)nationaal belangenconflict

20:00 | Ruth & Marcela @ UAntwerpen | ES
Mesa Redonda

09:00-11:00 | Norma & Maricres @ KU Leuven | EN
The impact of mining on indigenous communities in the Philippines.

14:00-16:00 | Marcela @ KU Leuven | ES (EN Interpret)
Effects of the Hydro electrical Project in Alto Maipo, Chile

17:30-19:30 | Norma&Maricres @KU Leuven (campus Brussel) | EN
The impact of mining on indigenous communities in the Philippines - the responsibility of mining industries and the government.

19:30-22:00 | Ruth @ Mondiaal Café, Gent | ES (NL Interpret)
Water & grond: oorzaken van migratie

FRIDAY 15.03
12:30-13:50 | Ruth @ UAntwerpen | ES
Extractivismo en Bolivia: cómo afectan las comunidades locales?

14:30-17:15 | Marcela @ UGent | ES (NL Interpret)
Sociaal-ecologisch conflict in Alto Maipo, Chili