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23 08, 2022

Just 20% Of Climate Change Studies ‘Written By Women’

2023-02-26T13:06:25-05:00Tags: |

Recent studies reveal that women scientists and researchers from the global South are disproportionately affected by the disadvantages that result from the climate research and publishing gender gap. Across a 24 year span (1996-2020), only 20 percent of all climate change studies were attributed to women. During this same time frame, nearly 90 percent of all climate change studies were written by researchers in the global North. Because research and funding opportunities are often extended to those who have been recognized for their publications, women -- especially those from the global South -- are at a major disadvantage if they hope to advance their careers and research impact. Stories from women like Chioma Blaise Chikere, a professor of environmental microbiology and biotechnology at the University of Port Harcourt and director of the institution’s Entrepreneurial Centre, highlight the systematic exclusion that many women scientists face. Chikere faced obstacles that limited her access to educational resources, funding, mentoring, collaboration, and publishing and made her question her ability to become a world-class scientist. This exclusion slows global development and hinders possibilities for sustainable living and discovery. Some organizations like the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and The Chemistry for Climate Action Challenge lead the way with gender-based initiatives to address this gap, supporting and encouraging women scientists from the global South to pursue their very important work. Photo credit: CIAT/GeorginaSmith, (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

23 07, 2022

Nigeria’s Solar Sisters Bring Clean Energy to Communities

2023-05-26T15:12:31-04:00Tags: |

Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest energy access rate on Earth. Nearly 600 million people lack access to electricity and over 700 million rely on polluting fuels. Solar Sister is an organization that gives women an opportunity to become entrepreneurs while supporting the clean energy revolution. The movement launched its first pilot programme in 2010 and currently has over 8000 entrepreneurs, 87% percent of whom are women, who have been able to reach more than 3 million people living in rural communities with durable, affordable solar-powered products and clean stoves. One of the main goals of the project is to better understand the interconnection between gender and energy while highlighting the role of women at the forefront of the clean energy transition. Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the prolonged impact of the Covid-19 pandemic have exacerbated the energy crisis in the region and worsened socio-economic inequalities. Therefore, Solar Sister represents an opportunity to empower people across different regions while supporting local and national economies’ transition to clean, resilient and sustainable energy systems. Video credit: Emeka Gibson and Timothy Obiezu

10 04, 2019

Ensuring Women’s Land Rights In Nigeria Can Mitigate Effects Of Climate Change

2020-10-05T17:02:40-04:00Tags: |

Africans and women will be some of the main groups hit the hardest by climate change, and it is becoming increasingly more important to protect women’s land in Nigeria to help mitigate these effects. Women are responsible for 70% to 80% of all agricultural labor in Nigeria, but only 10 percent of land owners in Nigeria are women. This is partly due to the customary laws and property ownership, which makes it extremely hard for women to inherit land. With decreasing amounts of arable land coupled with continued population growth in Nigeria, 70% of Africans who rely on the land are at risk as climate change worsens. Those affected the most in are the women who perform the majority of agricultural labor and have more intimate relationships with the land. Empowering women to own the land where they work will improve Nigerian communities’ climate resiliency, creating a more sustainable relationship between humans and the environment. Photo credit: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images

2 12, 2017

The WISE Women Of Nigeria Sparking Change

2019-02-09T19:52:58-05:00Tags: |

Olanike Olubunmi Olugboji empowers other women in Nigeria to build sustainable, safe and equitable alternatives to dangerous ways of life. She is the founder and director of the Women Initiative for Sustainable Environment (WISE), formerly known as Environmental Management and Protection Network (EMPRONET), based in Kaduna, Nigeria. Holding degrees in urban and regional planning, Olugboji urges more women to be involved in the development and management of natural resources. WISE trains and educates women to be proactive against the mounting challenges posed by climate change and deforestation. For example, the Women’s Clean Cookstove Training and Entrepreneurship Program educates women about the health risks of woodstoves and gives them alternatives that are not only environmentally sustainable but financially viable as well. Nearly 10,000 women have participated in WISE programs already, and Olugboji hopes to open up a Women’s Eco Learning and Resource Center to reach even more women.  Photo Credit: Stephen Obodomechine

26 11, 2017

‘Absolutely Shocking’: Niger Delta Oil Spills Linked With Infant Deaths In Nigeria

2017-12-26T16:40:03-05:00Tags: |

According to a new research, Nigerian babies are two times more likely to die in their first months of life if their mothers were living next to an oil spill before conceiving. In addition, the neonatal mortality is higher the nearer the mother was located to the oil spill. The study is framed in the context of conditions in country where an estimated 240,000 barrels of crude oil are spilled every year. Photo-credit: George Osodi/AP

26 08, 2017

Nigeria: Using Gender Mainstreaming Processes To Help Protect Drinking Water Sources Of The Obudu Plateau Communities In Northern Cross River State

2017-08-26T14:18:03-04:00Tags: |

This case study focuses on the Obudu Plateau, one of the two main mountain ecosystems of Nigeria and is primarily home to the Becheve agricultural communities and the Fulani pastoralists. In the last two decades the area has witnessed increased commercial development mostly in tourism has seen increased deforestation and a deterioration of the water situation. In order to begin to remedy the situation, a multi-stakeholder management committee was constituted to deal with the issues with participatory processes being put in place to systematically involve women in the work as well as carefully analyze the specific ways in which destruction of the ecosystem was affecting women.

29 06, 2017

Ogoni Widows File Civil Writ Accusing Shell Of Complicity In Nigeria Killings

2017-10-12T14:26:47-04:00Tags: |

Esther Kiobel, Victoria Bera, Blessing Eawo and Charity Levula are bringing Shell to court in the Netherlands for complicity in the execution of their husbands in 1995. The men were killed by Nigeria’s military government after 300,000 peaceful demonstrators publicly opposed the widespread pollution of Ogoniland. The company denies culpability, but Audrey Gaughran, senior director of research at Amnesty International, who is supporting the plaintiffs, argues that Shell had plenty of evidence about the human rights abuses suffered by demonstrators at the hands of the military government. Photo credit: Amnesty International

11 06, 2017

‘Absolutely shocking’: Niger Delta Oil Spills Linked With Infant Deaths 

2023-04-16T15:09:53-04:00Tags: |

While oil spills are more commonly known for their environmental damage, a study conducted by Professor Roland Hodler and Anna Bruederle reveal linkages between oil related environmental pollution to neonatal mortality in the Niger Delta. Their findings highlight that oil spills within ten kilometers of a mother’s residence pre-conception double the neonatal mortality rates and impaired the health of her surviving children. While the Nigerian government remains silent on this matter, activists like Debbie Ariyo of the charity Africans Unite Against Child Abuse, continue to speak up on tragedies resulting from oils spills. Photo credit: George Osodi/AP 

27 03, 2017

Environmental Activist Leads Thousands Of Women To Sustainable Solutions

2017-10-27T10:52:15-04:00Tags: |

Priscilla Achakpa is a Nigerian environmental activist and the Executive Director of the Women Environmental Programme. Through her work, she has introduced thousands of local women to sustainable solutions to everyday problems, such as waste-to-energy machines that can process rice husks. Priscilla’s focus on environmental activism is creating bottom-up solutions to address specific needs of each community. Photo credit: Inez & Vinoodh

7 12, 2016

Women’s Initiative For Sustainable Environment (WISE) Innovates With Clean Cookstoves

2017-09-28T17:21:37-04:00Tags: |

The Women’s Initiative for Sustainable Environment is a Nigerian grassroots organization that implements projects for a healthier environment. The organization now works within the household cooking energy market to provide households with clean cookstoves. Photo credit: Women’s Initiative for Sustainable Cookstoves

29 09, 2015

African Women March Against Oil Extraction In The Niger River Delta

2017-07-20T17:44:17-04:00Tags: |

Emem Okon of the Kebetkache Women’s Development & Resource Center addressed a march in Port Harcourt, Nigeria that drew attention to how Chevron’s oil extraction in the Niger River Delta has impacted women’s livelihoods. The women registered their complaints with the Nigerian government, and called upon the international community to take action on climate change and implement environmentally sustainable solutions. Photo: Flickr