NIGER DELTA WOMEN FOR JUSTICE (NDWJ)
ANNUAL REPORT FOR YEAR 2001
Niger Delta Women for Justice (NDWJ) is a non-profit making, non-governmental, civil society organisation, founded in December, 1998. The organisation is a child of circumstance born out of over 40 years of economic and environmental neglect of the Niger Delta region in Southern Nigeria, culminating in the militarisation of the region over the past 10 years and increased human rights violations.
NDWJ works in close collaboration with other grassroots organisations and women groups in Nigeria, especially in the Niger Delta. The organisation is committed to improving the personal, economic and educational status of women and to ensuring that their environmental and human rights are upheld.
1. To campaign and advocate for the empowerment of the oppressed woman and girl child in the Niger Delta.
2. Defend the rights of women and children in the Niger Delta.
3. Ensure equal access of women and children to economic opportunities.
4. To empower the Niger Delta women politically to enhance her leadership skills and improve her participation in decision-making.
5. To campaign against environmental degradation in the Niger Delta, especially as it affects women.
6. To create awareness amongst women about their human and environmental rights.
7. Publicise human rights abuses through alerts, campaigns and partnerships with other organisations.
8. To address issues of custom and tradition that violates women's human rights.
9. To provide information on gender related issues in education, health, income generation, environmental damage, legal and human rights.
10. To undertake research to uncover and disseminate information on the realities of women's lives.
11. To monitor and assess the impact of NDWJ programmes.
12. To generate funding for NDWJ's programmes.
1. RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION
- NDWJ visited the site of the Yorla oil blow-out in Ogoniland. A report was written and documented by Agape Is A Birthright, an affiliate organisation of NDWJ. April, 2001.
- NDWJ visited the women in Ke community after the communal clash between Ke and Bille communities in April, 2001.
- Visited Ogbodo community on several occasions after the oil spill that polluted the river which served as the only source of drinking water in the community. NDWJ advocated that Shell, the oil company involved should ensure water is provided the people on a daily basis.
NDWJ also advocated for a speedy clean up of the spill so that normal life could continue in the community.
- NDWJ carried out a survey for a proposed Radio Listening Programme for rural women in Rivers and Bayelsa States.
- In partnership with International Alert, London, NDWJ carried out a researched into the conditions of lives of people in rural oil producing communities in Niger Delta including Iko, Uruan, Okorotip, Igwo-Obom, Ntak Abasi, Ntafre-Ibeno in Akwa Ibom State; Yorla, Ogbodo, Obagi, Ahoada and Etche in Rivers State; Imiringi, Ogbia, Nembe, Odi in Bayelsa and Escravos & Forcados, Warri in Delta.
- In collaboration with Rural Health Initiative (RHI), one of her affiliate organisations, and the African Environmental and Human Development Agency (AFRIDA) carried out a survey on the level of awareness on HIV/AIDS scourge in rural communities in the Niger Delta.
2. NATIONAL MEETINGS:
- NDWJ was represented at the Anglophone West Africa NGOs workshop on the World Conference on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance organised by Development Information Network (DEVNET) and International Possibilities Unlimited in Lagos. February 19-20, 2001.
- NDWJ was represented at a consultative meeting with Prof. Michael Watts, a consultant with Ford Foundation, Lagos. January 26, 2001.
- NDWJ was represented at the National Tribunal on the Violations of Women's Rights organised by Civil Resource Development and Documentation Centre. March 12-15, 2001.
- NDWJ was represented at the workshop for Effective Management Skill for NGOs organised by African-American Institute (AAI). May 16-20, 2001.
- The Programmes Co-ordinator, Ms Emem J. Okon participated at the 3rd National Leadership Training for Nigerian Women Leaders – African Women Leadership Institute at Ogere, Ogun State. January 10-19, 2001.
- National Workshop on Engineering Legislative Issues. August 16-20, 2001.
3. INTERNATIONAL MEETINGS:
- NDWJ was represented at the World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance at Durban, South Africa. August 26 – September 7, 2001.
- NDWJ was also represented at the Alliance for Africa (AFA), London, First Sub-regional Training Workshop on Community Peace Leaders Institute in Lagos. June 27 – July 4, 2001.
NDWJ belongs to the following networks:
- Women's NGO Coalition Group
- Niger Delta NGO Network
- Network on the draft bill for the abolition of negative and harmful widowhood practices.
- Citizens Forum for Constitutional Reform.
5. OTHER MEETINGS:
- Food Information and Action Network (FIAN) International, Germany Consultative Meeting in the Niger Delta. 4th – 10th April, 2001.
- Women's AID Collective (WACOL) inaugural of Victims Support Club. February 14, 2001.
- ERA Roundtable Discussion Fora.
- Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) Consultative Meeting in Port Harcourt. May 15, 2001.
- Series of environmental/social consultation with interest groups and NGOs operating in the Niger Delta and International Finance Corporation to describe the objectives and anticipated benefits of available financing for local Shell contractors.
- NDWJ organised and held a follow-up training programme on the Community Peace Leaders Institute for Egi Women Council, Erema.
- Held a civic education forum for women in Adagbabiri, Bayelsa State.
- Took Ms Jennifer Sibanda on two-day tour of 5 Niger Delta communities to intimate the communities on the proposed Radio Listening Programme for Rural Women. April, 2001.
- Took Prof. Terisa Turner on one-week tour of sites of oil spills and blow-outs in the Niger Delta. During the visits, meetings were held with women in rural communities.
- Participated in a community workshop – preventing the plunder by protecting the sacred organised by Okoroba Wildlife Society, Bayelsa State. February 2001.
6. COMING EVENTS :
- International Women's Day Celebration. March 8, 2002.
- International Alerts West African Programme, Enhancing the capacity of Women Leaders of community organisations to contribute towards Peace-building in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria.
- Radio Listening Project for Rural Women.
- Human Rights Awareness Training for community women in collaboration with X minus Y, Netherlands.
- Earth Day Celebration.
- NDWJ's CEDAW Report.
- Research and Documentation.
MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNING BOARD
1. Ms Annie Brisibe - President
2. Ms Jennifer Pere Tuodolo - Finance & Administration
3. Ms Jereoma Thomas - Secretariat
4. Ms Sokari Ekine - International Co-ordinator
5. Mr. Oronto Douglas - Advisor
6. Ms Emem J. Okon - Programmes