Last week (17-22 March 2018) a delegation of around 20 members of the European Water Movement, participated in the Alternative World Water Forum (FAMA, Foro Alternativo Mundial da Agua) in Brasilia: the concrete alternative to the World Water Forum, organised by the World Water Council, which represents the voice of transnational corporations and the World Bank.
Social movements, unions, local communities, feminist groups and indigenous peoples gathered to fight against the purpose of corporations to transform water in a commodity and promote financialization of water bodies and ecosystems, privatising resources and commodifying a human right.
FAMA was a warm and hopeful event, gathering 7000 activists from different places and facilitating exchange about challenges, experiences and solutions. One more time the importance of deepening and strengthening positions and connections between social movements, unions, indigenous people and local communities was confirmed. It also emerged how crucial it is to focus on women’s struggles against privatization of nature and patriarchy.