February 2020 - On the 20th of February, 2020 as build Up towards the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW64/Beijing +25) 2020, Women of the Niger Delta region with support from Tides Foundation, Analyzed the Gains, Achievements, Challenges and Prospects of the Beijing Platform for action towards the region. 12 Critical Areas of Concern raised were; 1. The burden of Poverty on Women 2. Inequalities and inadequacies (Unequal access to education and training) 3. Violence against women 4. Effects of armed conflicts on women 5. Inequality in economic structures and policies and in resources. 6. Inequality in the sharing power and Decision making at all levels 7. Insufficient mechanisms at all levels to promote the advancement of women 8. Lack of Respect / Inadequate promotion and protection of Human Rights of Women 9. Stereotyping of women and Lack of access to Lands by women 10. Gender inequalities in the management of natural resources and safeguarding of the environment 11. Discrimination against the Child 12. Inequality and unequal access to health care services #Beijing25 #CSW2020 #KebetkacheWomen #TidesFoundation #WomenHaveWingsOfCourage #GenderAndAccountability
COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE TOWN HALL MEETING ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP DISCLOURE IN NIGERA 28TH MAY 2019 AT ROSEMOHR HOTEL, UYO, AKWA IBOM -Preamble Kebetkache Women Development & Resource Centre in collaboration with Ford Foundation held a town hall meeting on Beneficial Ownership Disclosure at Rosemohr Hotel, Uyo, May 28, 2019. Participants were drawn from oil producing communities in Akwa Ibom State as well as media ,civil society organizations, government officials, and women groups. The aim of the town meeting was to build a critical mass movement of women campaigning for an inclusive and equitable benefit sharing of oil revenue emerged in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria. The town hall meeting was targeted at strengthening the voices of women, their issues and actions tied to accountability as regards oil revenue. From the deliberations, participants observed as follows; 1. Oil and gas data information are not accessible by community members, particularly women. 2. Oil and gas budget and expenditure are not available in the public domain. 3. There is no direct women involvement in micro and macro level of oil governance issues. 4. Information on Oil and gas tax performance, royalty, concessional fees, gas flaring penalties are not made available to the public. 5. There is no transparency in the processes of contracts awards in the oil and gas sector. 6. Communities, particularly women have no information about Oil and gas revenue disbursement across sectors. 7. Tax records for companies are not made available to the public. 8. Community members, particularly women do not participate in the processes for Appropriation bills and budget formulation.
2017-2019 - Kebetkache with the continuous support of FORD FOUNDATION has trained over 200 participants (men, women, and youths) on Beneficial Ownership in Rivers and Akwa Ibom States. A Fund Research Project on the 13% Derivation was conducted by Kebetkache and a team of external researchers in two local governement areas in Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Delta and Rivers States respectively.→>> This link contains the Research Report of the Implementation of 13% derivation in the Niger Delta..
December 2019 - The Executive Director of Kebetkache Women Development Centre, Emem Okon, in collaboration with Ford Foundation held a round table meeting on beneficial ownership in Watbridge Hotels & Suites, Uyo. Okon said the meeting on beneficial ownership became necessary, since Akwa Ibom State was one of the states directly affected in the oil rich Niger Delta Region and said through such meeting, their voices can be heard by relevant government authorities on equitable sharing of the proceeds from their God-given resources. She maintained that marginalization of the Niger Delta people will not end, until people speak up and have a say in the development of the region, adding that it is their right to know how the resources of the region were being used and also how they can benefit from them. Also speaking in the meeting, Mr. Godson Jim-Dorgu, a development worker and civil society practitioner from Bayelsa State, liken the role of concerned citizens to that of a watch dog with binacles on its eyes, syaing that by the year 2020, Nigeria will come out with a publicly available register of the beneficial owners of the corporate entities that apply for, or hold a participating interest in the oil and gas industry, as contained in a document issued by Nigerian Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI). He said the Corporate Affairs Commission(CAC) has the responsibility to lead an engagement on beneficial ownership and also to release a register of beneficial ownership companies operating in the country and enumerated benefits associated with beneficial ownership to include improved investment climate, increase in government revenue, preventing of corruption and illicit financial flow, increase in trust and accountability among others. The round table meeting on beneficial ownership, drew participants from different oil bearing communities in the state , of which a seven point communique were issued on the resolutions reached at the end of the meeting.
2013 - This activity is aimed at building women-led African Regional Eco-feminist movement for environmental, climate and gender justice with support from WOMIN. Kebetkache and her beneficiaries have taken part in different conferences of women gathered together to discuss the effects of extractive industries on their health and livelihood.
2018 - Kebetkache held an Energy Assembly with women of the Niger Delta where the negative impacts of oil extractive industries was discussed. The women brought samples of pollution from their communities ranging from polluted water, polluted soil, polluted fishnets, etc and alternative sources of energy was discussed and demonstrated with plastic bottles.
2019 - On the 6th and 7th of May 2019 Kebetkache carried out the Feminist Participatory Action Research (FPAR) for community women in Otuagbagi, Bayelsa State.
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