South32 listens to the women of Phola

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By ActionAid Australia - - The South32 mining company has committed to engaging with the Greater Phola Ogies Women's Forum on their social audit investigation of the mine's impacts, and ensuring that commitments made to the community do get met.

BREAKING: At a very positive meeting with senior members of South32's HQ, the mining company has committed to engaging with Millicent and the Greater Phola Ogies Women's Forum on their social audit investigation of the mine's impacts, and ensuring that commitments made to the community do get met.

This is the moment we’ve been working towards for months.

Yesterday, Millicent finally had the opportunity to represent her community of Phola and voice their concerns directly to senior members of South32’s HQ in Perth – and the company listened.

This is an enormous victory for Millicent and the Greater Phola Ogies Women’s Forum who have been seeking justice from South32 for far too long. But thanks to the hard work of the community and all those who acted in solidarity with them, hope is on the horizon.

This incredible outcome marks the end of Millicent’s visit to Australia as she flies back to South Africa today. And what a trip it’s been.

Millicent kicked off her stay by telling her story on the panel at an important human rights conference. Then she represented her community in front of motivated activists in Melbourne, inspired a packed room of community members to take climate action in Sydney and filmed a big media story soon to go to air.

At her last stop, she achieved what she came for in a positive meeting with South32 staff members in Perth.

We must keep the pressure on South32 to follow through, so for now – let’s send them a thank you message and encourage them to keep the commitments they made to Millicent and the women of Phola.

Send a quick thank you message to South32: https://www.south32.net/contact-us

We also want to thank you all for being behind Millicent and the women of Phola every step of the way.

Thousands of Australians have signed petitions, donated to support Millicent and her community to start their investigation into South32, helped bring Millicent to Australia – and come out in force to meet her in person at events across the country.

All this pressure contributed to the positive outcome of Millicent’s meeting with South32, and would not have been possible without you.

This is a moment to celebrate. What an amazing victory for the women of Phola.

In solidarity,
Lucy and the ActionAid Australia team


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