KEBETKACHE’S STATEMENT ON WORLD EARTH DAY, 22ND APRIL 2021

April 2021 - Today is World Earth Day! It is an annual event, celebrated every 22nd April. This celebration is to show solidarity and support for environmental justice round the world. This year’s theme is “Restore Our Earth”. The Earth is degenerating towards a total devastation, with enormous environmental degradation as a result of Climate Change and pollution, in order to restore the earth from this environmental crisis.
As we battle COVID-19, a worldwide health pandemic which is linked to the health of our ecosystem, Climate Change, a man-made change to nature as well as crimes that disrupt biodiversity, such as deforestation, intensified agriculture and livestock production or the growing illegal wildlife trade, can increase contact and transmission of infectious diseases from animals to humans, like the COVID-19. 22nd April which is observed globally as Earth Day, calls on the people and major stakeholders to take part in civic activities and work towards raising awareness about critical issues that the earth is facing.

In the Niger Delta part of Nigeria, Global warming, environmental pollution and deforestation are some of the problems faced by citizens, especially women and they pose a major threat to nature. For years now, #BlackSoot has been a major health hazard to the people, especially in Port Harcourt City; this is as the results of Oil pollution and increased gas flare in the region, and this is a major threat to ecosystem.
The Theme for this year is “Restore Our Earth” and its focus is on the natural processes, emerging green technologies and innovative critical thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystem. This year’s theme also rejects the belief that mitigation and adaptation are the ways to address Climate Change.

Kebetkache urges everyone to participate in the movement;
• Stop the Soot
• Reduce all activities leading to Climate Change, by stopping Air, water and land pollution.
• Stop Gas Flaring
• Continue to plant trees, to encourage afforestation and discourage deforestation.
• Introduce and promote renewable energy sources.
• Avoid closing water ways and keep all drainage clean.

#WorldEarthDay #2021WorldEarthDay #RestoreOurEarth #StopTheSoot #EnvironmentalJustice #KebetkacheWomen #NigerDelta
©️Kebetkache Women Dev. & Resource Centre

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OIL/GAS COMMUNITIES DECRY HEAVY MILITARY PRESENCE, GOVT NEGLECT

September 2020 - For a long time the Niger Delta oil and gas bearing communities have decried the heavy military presence in the region. The Executive Director of Kebetkache, Emem Okon, on the 13th of September, 2020, welcomed participants to the programme to discuss their concerns on the oil extractive activities in their communities. She said the programme is designed to educate community people on their right to choice; their right to speak out against any form of injustice or action not considered right or beneficial to their communities, especially in relation to oil and gas operations.
Community members raised the concern as part of challenges in oil and gas activities in their area at a four-day training on “The Right to Say No” organized by Kebetkache Women Development and Research Centre, as a WOMIN project to educate extractive communities on their right to choice and negotiation.

Read more news release on the event here.

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2020: BIODIVERSITY

June 2020 - Kebetkache joins all environmental rights advocates around the world to mart Wolr Environment Day 2020. Without a healthy environment we cannot have food security, sustainable livelihood, clean water, and peace in our communities. Our farming and fishing is destroyed by oil activities, we experience flood every year, and we are yet to recover from the impact of the 2019 flood. Our rivers our polluted, gas flaring pollutes our air, corrodes our roof and we experience acidic rain.
We use this opportunity of marking the World Environment Day 2020 to call on the governement and oil companies to take immediate actions to clean up our environment.
> Protect our biodiversity
> Stop gas flaring
> Stop polluting our water
> We need clean water
> Stop polluting the mangrove

We call on women, traditional rulers, human rights activitists, etc to join us to protect our biodiversity.

TRAINING OF STORY COLLECTORS ON WOMEN NEEDS ASSESSMENT

May 2019 - Kebetkache trained 20 persons in Rivers State, Nigeria to become story collectors in Ogoniland. The research will be on women capacity needs assessment and will be done in four local governement areas (LGAs) in the state which are Tai, Khana, Gokana, Eleme LGAs. the training was held on the 13th and 14th of May, 2019 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State with support from CORDAID.
The story collectors were trained on methods of data collection, things to do before, during and after story collections. Kebetkache also explained to the trainees that they are selected from the community so that they have a platform to talk about their issues as it affects them and can engage well with their community women on data collection because they share a common interest. This will enable them own the process of needs assessment rather than an outsider coming in to assess what they may really not matter to the women.
The purpose of this exercise is to restore livelihoods by identifying the needs of the Ogoni women which will be documented and presented to HYPREP to enable them know what skills or development the women need as they plan their proposed training of 1200 women in Ogoni.

2017-2018 - Kebetkache with the continuous support of CORDAID has been actively engaging with Ogoni women to mobilize and sensitize them on the proposed Ogoni clean-up project by the federal government and the UNEP REPORT recommended emergency measures. We have also engaged with HYPREP, the body responsible for overseeing the clean-up project of which our Executive Director, Emem Okon is an alternate member, to communicate the needs of the Ogoni women and campaign for the involvement of women in the clean-up as well as stay updated on the progress of the clean-up.
Kebetkache is constantly communicating with and paying visits to the Women of Ogoniland to assess the level to which the emergency measures recommended in the UNEP report has been implemented by HYPREP.


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