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.

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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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