NIGER DELTA WOMEN AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Heoma Nsirim-Worlu (PhD)

Abstract


This paper sets out to examine how the Niger Delta women contribute to ensuring that the Nigerian state and its International Oil Corporations that operate in the region’s environment guaranty that there is environmental justice. This work is done by taking a survey of some of the activities of the IOCs in the zone and how such activities affect the women and also this work tried to ascertain if women’s opinions are sought whenever there are issues and discussions concerning the environment, especially as women are identified to be contributing up to three quarters of the total economic activities in the region, aside the crude oil and its related activities which are under the exclusive control of the IOCs who are the governments’ allies. The theoretical frame on which this work is predicated is the rational choice theory. However, it was discovered that there are several forms of environmental education going on in the zone and they are driven by individuals and groups who are interested in maintaining a healthy environment for the people of the Niger Delta and her environment. Such were identified to be Civil Society Organisations for which Kebetkache is one; who ensures that the women of the region are gathered together and sensitised through workshops and seminars to demand for environmental justice. This happens also in other climes, which is why the women are encouraged to form groups who are to join other well-meaning Niger delta people to non-violently demand that their environment receive due attention and care from any person doing any form of business in the region as it has become obvious that the environment is man’ inestimable surrounding which should be treated with care and caution.


Keywords


Niger Delta Women, Environmental Justice, Human Right

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