4 July 2012

South Africa: True Cost of Chevron in Nigeria

Emem Okon on the uprising of women in the Niger Delta and the impact of oil giants on traditional communities ( Resource: True Cost of Chevron in Nigeria

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In San Ramon California where the headquarters of Chevron is located, there was recently protest action both inside and outside an annual share holders meeting.

Emem Okon of the Kebetkache Women's Development and Resource Centre in the Niger Delta was given just two minutes to address shareholders at this meeting.

Okon was a supporter of the powerful women's protest against Chevron for its environmental and human rights abuses in Nigeria, which garnered lots of international media attention when a group of women took over an oil installation and threatened to take off their clothes if the company did not negotiate with them.

Chevron has to change the ways that it operates in the

Niger Delta. They should clean up the oil spills that affect people's farm lands. When spills are not cleaned up the women cannot go back to farm that land. This displaces them from their means of livelihood, says Okon.

Editor's Note: You might also be interested in "True Cost of Chevron" Protest at Shareholders Meeting, also from The Real News Network.

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