Gender Awareness Week: Oil Industry and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls #MMIWG
The Case of the Bakken Oil Fields, Violence aginst Women and Girls on the Fort Berthold Reservation, and Equinor (formerly Statoil)
As part of Gender Awareness Week, the Centre for Women's and Gender Research (SKK), the Centre for Sámi Studies (SESAM), and the Centre for Peace Studies (CPS) invite UiT students, staff, and the wider community to an event on #MMIWG. The event will include video screenings and a discussion on the connection between extractive industries and #MMIWG (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls) in the United States.
Indigenous women in the United States are seven times more likely to be subjected to sexual violence than their Euro-American cohorts. Increasingly, Native American tribal governments and women’s organizations have pointed to the striking increase in gendered violence against Native American women and girls who live on reservations near shale oil production sites and their requisite transient worker “man camps.” But despite desperate calls from Native communities and pressure from the UN Rapporteur for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, the Unites States federal government has yet to take any broad measures to address the crisis. While a handful of studies have investigated the connection between extractive industries and gendered violence--including rape, trafficking and murder--Native women and girls and the media have increasingly drawn attention to these connections and are taking action on the grassroots level.
In this event, we will view 2-3 short videos with specific reference to the Bakken shale oil fields on the Fort Berthold Reservation where Equinor is a major investor. Following the screenings, Ellen Marie Jensen will give a summary of the #MMIWG crisis followed by a group discussion.